General Motors said it plans to reduce water intensity of its operations by 35% by 2035, compared to a 2010 baseline, which could result in enough savings to fill about 4,254 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The automaker has also signed the CEO Water Mandate – a UN Global Compact initiative – joining other global business leaders to address key challenges around water security and further aligning to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
"The CEO Water Mandate will help us accelerate our water stewardship goals and contribute to the UN SDGs," said Kristen Siemen, GM's chief sustainability officer. "As we continue to drive efficiencies in our own manufacturing, we will also work with other endorsing companies to establish, implement and advocate for water stewardship practices that promote corporate water management that benefit people, our communities and our environment."
The automaker will map its water progress and achievements against the mandate's six core commitment areas: Direct Operations; Supply Chain and Watershed Management; Collective Action; Public Policy; Community Engagement; and Transparency.
While GM's operations are not water intensive, water is required for some manufacturing processes. The company is committed to using water responsibly and efficiently, especially in water-stressed regions.
In 2020, GM's global water stewardship and management practices were recognised by the CDP on its Water A-List. CDP is a nonprofit organisation that sets the standard for global disclosures for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. GM will continue to take action and find innovative ways to preserve water quality and conservation across its operations, supply chain and manufacturing communities.