How can a pharmaceuticals company safeguard water?

Roche, a multinational healthcare company, announced its commitment to protecting water resources. They announced that they are working to ensure that everyone has access to clean water; they aim to reduce water consumption by addressing water protection issues.

The Basis of all Life

Despite water covering the majority of the Earth’s surface, only 3% of it is freshwater. However, on average each person in the UK drinks over 140 litres per day. If we are to carry on statistics from the United Nations show that by 2050, 5 billion people could suffer water shortages.

A Pledge

Roche, in order to help facilitate water-use efficiency, has become a signatory of WASH (Access to Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at the Workplace). Water is an essential resource that they rely on to create their products, and they are therefore keen to promote water-use efficiency both within their supply chain and within their workforce. They have therefore ensured appropriate access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for all their employees and they have rolled out action plans for their companies to monitor and assess their progress too.


The company’s goal is to reduce water consumption per employee by 10% by 2020. In their 2017 position paper, Roche announced that they aim to do this by analysing the local water stress situation at all its locations to determine business risks related to water shortage. They then adapt their strategy ensuring that less water-intensive processes are used in regions with high water stress.

This story shows how Roche supports Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, specifically Target 6.4: “By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity.”

About Roche

Founded in 1896, Roche is a Swiss multinational healthcare company that operates worldwide. They have over 90,000 employees across their two divisions – Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostics. They are the third-largest pharmaceutical company in the world!

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