Water Stewardship

Water is essential to our manufacturing processes and to the communities in which we operate. We engage in regular evaluations to assess water use, quality and risk. We also continuously engage with our communities to address water-related issues.


Water Stewardship

Vision 2020 Goal

Progress: Formed water stewardship governance team. Continued annual water risk assessments, with sixty-five percent of mills engaging local stakeholders on water.

Stated Goal*: Integrate water management into regular facility assessment and proactively engage with stakeholders in communities to address water-related issues within the watershed

*Restated in 2016

We are committed to responsible stewardship of this critical resource and work to reduce our withdrawal and improve the use and treatment of water.

In 2016, we revised our water goal to demonstrate our shift from water management to water stewardship. Instead of focusing primarily on water use reductions in our operations, we now focus on improving the overall health of watersheds in the areas where we operate. Our updated goal is to integrate water stewardship into regular facility assessments and proactively engage with stakeholders in communities to address water-related issues within the watershed.

We developed a water-risk tool to help us better understand our water risks and to assist in identifying key stewardship opportunities. To date we have completed three global assessments.

Of the 40 mill sites analyzed, we determined that three of our mills may be in areas of moderate stress. These are non-integrated mills using relatively low amounts of water. The remainder of our mills are not in any areas of significant stress. We will address water issues in these facilities and determine the best approaches to ensure we are limiting community and operational risk.

This risk assessment program is part of our commitment to our global water stewardship strategy.

The key components of our water stewardship program are:

  • Develop an evaluation approach for our global operations
  • Integrate this water-risk evaluation approach into managing water quantity and quality
  • Integrate this program into regular operational auditing activities
  • Engage with stakeholders in our communities through collective action efforts
  • Address water-related issues within each watershed

We are committed to engaging in water stewardship initiatives to address both access and quality issues.



Water Quality

Vision 2020 Goal

Progress: 18% decrease in oxygen-depleting substances

Stated Goal: Reduce mill water discharges of oxygen-depleting substances to receiving streams by 15%