Sustainable use of water with the AWS standard

Philip Morris uses as a parameter the guidelines of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) standard, which consists of adopting actions aimed at the sustainable use of water in the manufacturing process. One of the developments in 2019 was the update of the AWS standard, with Philip Morris Brasil being the first company in the country certified in the 2.0 standard of the norm.

Certification in the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) standard consists of adopting actions that involve the sustainable use of water in the manufacturing process and engagement with the value chain and with the community where the company's operation is based. It is important to note that in 2019 there was an update of the standard and Philip Morris Brasil is the first company in the country certified in standard 2.0 of the norm.

Among the actions adopted to maintain the certification, we list some initiatives:

  • Compliance with current legislation related to the correct use of water;
  • Understanding of the watershed in which the operation is located;
  • Mitigation of operational risks;
  • Engagement of all employees through suggestions for improving water use;
  • Participation in voluntary commitments;
  • Relationship with local stakeholders related to water;
  • Presentation of annual results to river basin stakeholders;
  • Projects to improve the quality of water for consumption in the region;
  • Capacity building of the value chain;
  • Continuous reduction of water use in the manufacturing process;
  • Training of other affiliates in the AWS standard;

Bearing in mind the learning process obtained in recent years in relation to the standard, we will maintain the schedule initially planned for evolution in certification levels, periodically evaluating the existing opportunities on each of the fronts mentioned above and taking into account the requirements established by the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS).

The entire certification process is conducted through an independent and fully qualified audit in the guidelines established by the standard. Through the periodic reports issued by the audit responsible for the process, we will monitor our progress within the scope of this goal.

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