Water Stewardship

Working towards world-class water stewardship

Promoting the sustainable use and protection of water is a business imperative that BIER is founded on and its members work collectively to share innovative approaches, tools, and methodologies for assessing both the technical and business aspects of water within their operations. To say that water is paramount to the beverage industry would be an understatement. Beverage companies not only rely on water as an essential ingredient in each of their products, but also as a primary source for many of their production processes.

Although the beverage sector has been recognized as being more proactive than others in managing water issues, much remains to be done. Among the many challenges that BIER members are working to bring actionable solutions to include securing high quality, compiling local data for watersheds, increasing consistency in identifying and evaluating water risks and opportunities, and expanding water stewardship efforts beyond the four walls of production facilities and into the supply chain.

We work to understand water usage in all capacities. Below is a selection of our recent projects involving water stewardship:

Water Stewardship News

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) Issues Results of 2021 Water, Energy, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Benchmarking Study

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) completed its 11th global benchmarking study – a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative research of water, energy, and emissions efficiency in the beverage industry. The findings of the study substantiate the beverage industry’s ongoing efforts to better understand and reduce resource use on a global scale.

The Beverage Industry Is Advancing Environmental Sustainability, Together

The members of the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) have maintained a steady and unwavering focus in 2020 acting as a common voice across the beverage sector, speaking to influence global standards on environmental sustainability aspects, and sharing best practices that raise the bar for the sustainable performance of the industry.

Addressing Local Water Data Gaps

Water is the lifeblood of the beverage business—and protecting this shared resource is not only the right thing to do for sustainable communities and watershed, but a business imperative. But in order to do that, we need data that provides local context so we can make more informed decisions. And the first step is building solid local connections to coalesce available knowledge and data.


Promoting the sustainable use and protection of water is a business imperative upon which BIER is founded.

Learn more about how BIER’s workstreams, such as water stewardship, support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) is a technical coalition of leading global beverage companies working together to advance environmental sustainability within the beverage sector. BIER aims to affect sector change through work focused on water stewardship, energy efficiency and climate change, beverage container recycling, sustainable agriculture, and ecosystem services. BIER members include: American Beverage Association, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bacardi, Beam Suntory, Brown-Forman, Carlsberg Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Constellation Brands, Diageo, Heineken, Keurig Dr Pepper, MillerCoors, Molson Coors, Ocean Spray Cranberries, PepsiCo, and Pernod Ricard.

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