More water is used for farming than for anything else. So the Behind the Brands Scorecard looks at what the Big Ten companies say they are doing to disclose and reduce their water use, and to manage water sustainably and responsibly in areas where it is already in short supply. 

We also assess whether companies require consultation with communities on water use and recognize the responsibility to respect communities’ water rights.

How are the scores formed?

We assessed publicly available information on the policies and commitments of the 'Big 10' food companies towards the sourcing of agricultural commodities from developing countries. The Scorecard looks at seven themes, weighing each theme equally. The index tackles some cutting edge issues that will require rigorous debate and dialogue between companies, civil society and industry experts. Find out more...

What do the scores mean?

  1. 8 - 10Good
  2. 6 - 7Fair
  3. 4 - 5Some progress
  4. 2 - 3Poor
  5. 0 - 1Very poor
  1. Nestlé


    Nestle supports major water initiatives and has the most specific guidance to suppliers on water management. But the company has not set a target to reduce water use in its whole value chain or developed grievance mechanisms in cases where water rights have been violated.

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  2. Unilever


    Unilever understands the value of water and the importance of its suppliers reporting on water management. But plenty still to do – a good next step would be setting a target for reduction of water use right through its value chain.

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  3. Coca Cola


    Coca-Cola demonstrates good understanding of the importance of water and of its own impact on supplies, but it needs to disclose more about whether and how it operates in water-stressed regions.

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  4. General Mills


    General Mills is refreshingly honest about the water it uses. The company has even released its assessments of key watersheds - the first company we have seen to do so. It however has yet to set a target for reduction of water use right through its supply chain.

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  5. Kellogg's


    Kellogg has set targets to reduce its water use and shares information about the availability of water where it works. However what’s missing is a commitment to reduce water use along its entire supply chain.

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  6. PepsiCo


    PepsiCo’s was the first company to commit to respect the human right to water and is serious about reducing water use. However, the company has more work to do on supply chain management.

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  7. Danone


    The owner of Evian and Volvic resumed reporting key information on water to the public. But big gaps in the company’s approach to water remain - including official recognition of the human right to water.

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  8. Mars


    While not yet a leader, Mars continues to steadily improve on water. This year, the company joined the CEO Water Mandate and began disclosing through CDP water. We are still waiting for guidelines to suppliers on water.

    See how Mars score on other issues
  9. Associated British Foods plc


    ABF made some limited progress on water last year with particular businesses setting actual targets and disclosing the company’s proportion of its water footprint used for agricultural purposes. That said, the company remains at bottom our our water scorecard. A key gap that remains is no official recognition of the human right to water.

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  10. Mondelez


    Mondelez is a poor performer on water. The company comes in dead last in our water scorecard and it’s the company’s lowest scoring theme. While Mondelez recognizes the importance of water and reports publically through CDP water, there is a lot more work to do.

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