In Total Produce we understand the importance of water in general environmental and social terms but also its significance across our own supply chain. In direct terms, it is essential for health and hygiene across our own marketplace operations. At source, it is a vital ingredient in the production of fresh fruits and vegetables. In adhering to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, specifically goals 6 and 14, we are dedicated to prioritising the measurement, management and minimisation of our consumption of water, limiting our impact on supply and promoting the preservation of water purity and quality. To this end, we aim to adhere to national and international legislation, to integrate best practice water stewardship protocols throughout our organisation, to engage with stakeholders across the supply chain to promote better water management and to embrace the principles of the Alliance for Water Stewardship and the pursuit of AWS certification across all Total Produce sites by 2025.
We commit to-
- Own Operations: Monitoring and reducing water usage and waste in the facilities we operate and setting ambitious but achievable targets dedicated to lowering our overall water footprint.
- Responsible Sourcing: Applying the World Wide Fund for Nature Water Risk Filter to evaluate and risk assess existing and potential sources.
- Grower Engagement: Working with growers to identify and develop best practices regarding water usage, availability, quality, recycling and storage, integrating farm management protocols and new technologies, establishing farm level water management plans and pioneering projects that will lead to new, improved farming practices in the future.
- Networking and Support: Collective challenges require collective responses. We work with stakeholders across the supply chain, from field to fork, to promote best practices in water stewardship across the fresh produce supply chain and contribute constructively to the development of universal water standards and policies.
- Life Cycle Analysis: Working with suppliers, customers and industry bodies we aim to deliver a definitive profile of the water footprint of fresh fruits & vegetables from across the worlds primary growing regions.