Water is Critical for Our Business

Water continues to be a critical input to all IFF’s business operations, including cooling, steam generation, feedstock processing and cleaning. We also rely on water indirectly for all agricultural-related processes throughout our supply chain. We generate wastewater as an output of our manufacturing processes, and this water is treated before disposal.

Reducing our Water Footprint

Since 2021, we have completed multiple projects, (more than 15) focused on on reducing water withdrawal, with an expected savings of more than 19 megaliters per year.

Learn about our Do More Good Plan goals here.

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Water Stewardship

As part of the Do More Good Plan, IFF has two Internal water stewardship metrics focused on increasing efficiency efforts and watershed management. First, we aim to increase water use efficiency across the portfolio, which includes process improvements and use of recycled water for nonproduct operations. Second, we will focus on driving collective action for water stewardship in the communities where we source and operate.

As the risks of water scarcity and overconsumption increase around the world, particularly in locations with high baseline water stress, we strive to reduce our water use and consumption through increased efficiency and other water management strategies.


Assessing Areas of High Baseline Water Stress

We analyze risk on an annual basis to identify areas of our operations with potentially high baseline water stress as classified by the WRI Aqueduct tool and other tools.

The results from our third annual water risk assessment (based on 2023 data, utilizing the updated Aqueduct 4.0) indicated that 10% of our total water withdrawal from the sites assessed came from regions with high or extremely high baseline water stress.

We use these results to further focus our water stewardship efforts and engage local facilities in water stressed areas.


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Read more about how we are contributing to sustainable development in our 2022 ESG+ Report