Using the AWS International Water Stewardship Standard

Company certified in the AWS International Water Stewardship Standard. The system allows measuring the impact of water use on operations and managing its sustainable use. Target to adopt the highest level of application of the parameters by 2025.

The AWS standard defines the stewardship of water resources for socially fair, environmentally sustainable and economically beneficial water use, through a process that is inclusive of different stakeholders and that also takes into account the needs of local communities and watersheds, where companies' operations are present, describing a series of actions (below), criteria and indicators of how water must be managed beyond the limits of the companies, thus generating social, environmental and economic benefits for the hydrographic basins.

1. Good water governance: We assess water governance in the companies' operations, from its capture, analyzing the procedures and rules established when they are implemented, respecting local customary rights and applicable regulatory aspects; Making consistent use and reducing the same year after year. For this, we have commercial partners that analyze and verify these standards, complying with the applicable legal requirements.

2. Sustainable water balance: We ensure that water use is compatible with naturally available volumes by mitigating water risk and adverse impacts on water availability; We analyze water data with neighboring companies to identify opportunities and risks in the catchment water resource;

3. Good water quality status: We ensure that water quality is sufficient for use by mitigating physical risk and reducing the adverse impact arising from poor water quality in economic, environmental and social dimensions; We monitor and analyze our water resources in compliance with applicable requirements;

4. Healthy situation of relevant areas related to water: We assess specific areas within the Rio Pardo and Taquari-Antas basins and implement projects with springs, riparian forest and socio-environmental aspects with rural producers.

In pursuit of these results, implementation of the AWS Standard encourages collaborative approaches between industry, government, community, and civil society organizations.

The Santa Cruz do Sul (RS) unit was the first factory in Brazil to be certified under the AWS Standard and in 2021 it became the first Philip Morris International plant certified at the highest level of evaluation of this certification (Platinum).

AWS certification requires annual compliance audits. In these audits, an accredited professional visits the plant and checks the application within the required requirements, visiting locations in the plant and external projects. Recertification demonstrates compliance with this service.

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