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Mapping our water impacts

Since 2013 we have estimated the Olam water footprint associated with Olam’s direct operations, as well as our supply chains through third parties.

To do this we have used a combination of primary data for Olam’s direct operations and from 2014 we have used the Water Footprint Network’s Assessment Tool for our supply chains. For 2015, our water footprint was estimated at 65 billion m3 which equates to almost 26 million Olympic swimming pools.

  • 90% of this water is classed as ‘green’ water – water from precipitation that is stored in the root zone of the soil and evaporated, transpired or incorporated by plants
  • 5% is classed as ‘blue water’ – water that has been sourced from surface or groundwater resources. Key products using blue water are cotton, grains, rice, almonds, sugar, peanuts and coffee. Only 0.4% of the water footprint is for irrigation in Olam’s own plantations and farms
  • 5% is classed as ‘grey water’ which is the amount of fresh water required to dilute pollutants to such an extent that the quality of the water remains above agreed water quality standards

The result of our 2015 water footprint is 4,265m3/MT of product, which is 10% less than our 2014 result of 4,758m3/MT.

Water footprint

Image: Nigeria rice farm.

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