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About the Signatories

Learn about the companies that have joined the Connect the Drops campaign.

AB INBEVAB InBev recognizes the critical role that companies play in addressing some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges, such as water scarcity, and focuses their water stewardship on collective action.

In addition to improving their water efficiency and management across their supply chain, nearly forty of AB InBev’s breweries globally have programs to supply their treated effluent to local communities before it is returned to the watershed. This water is used for agricultural irrigation, watering public parks and soccer fields, street cleaning and replacing the fresh water that would otherwise be used.

In California, AB InBev has reclaimed water throughout their brewing process at their Los Angeles brewery and has partnered with California Trout to restore hydrological function and enhance water quality in the Mammoth Lakes Basin. AB InBev also undertook a restoration project at the Big Tujunga Watershed to remove invasive species and engage communities.

In the United States alone, AB InBev has reduced their water usage rate by 23% from 2009 through 2015, resulting in water savings of over 2.5 billion gallons.

Annies 2Headquartered in Berkeley, California, Annie’s is committed to building a more sustainable food system. Annie’s water stewardship practices are integrated throughout their supply chain, from the products they make to the leadership they instill in their industry. Annie’s actively seeks to implement measures that reduce water use and their overall environmental impact.

Annie’s is passionate about organic farming, which helps to avoid toxic pesticides and restores natural resources through improving soil health and biodiversity. Since 2008, Annie’s has purchased nearly 250 million pounds of organic ingredients and 85% of Annie’s sales are from organic products. Annie’s has recently been focused on continuing to grow their organic acreage and build a more sustainable food system.

In addition to sourcing organic ingredients, Annie’s also maintains a sustainable manufacturing program, whereby they directly engage with key manufacturing suppliers to evaluate their social and environmental impacts. Through this process, water use is a key area of focus.

Annie’s water conservation devices and practices at their Berkeley headquarters continue to be supported by LEED Gold and Bay Area Green Business certifications. The practices Annie’s has implemented include installing low flow toilets and aerators in the restrooms, using drip irrigation and compost as a soil amendment in gardens, and educating staff on water efficiency. Annie’s engages their employees on water stewardship by offering water saving home benefits, and providing educational luncheons and field trips focused on water issues. Annie’s continues to monitor and look for ways to reduce water usage at their offices and throughout their supply chain, while also educating employees on how to reduce their own water footprint.


AutodeskAutodesk is a software developer headquartered in San Rafael, CA.  With a number of sustainability focused software products targeting water, energy, and material conservation and stewardship, Autodesk helps clients improve their environmental performance in building operation and design, infrastructure design, and development of manufacturing processes.  These products provide engineers, designers, and planners the ability to easily and cost-effectively drive strong triple bottom line performance and uncover recurring benefits from environmental stewardship across an asset's lifecycle.  For example, Autodesk’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure software allows customers to effectively incorporate green stormwater strategies into their designs.  This not only drives lasting watershed stewardship benefits but allows customers to stay competitive in infrastructure development markets.  To learn more about Autodesk’s product offerings, please visit their website.

Autodesk leads by example. Beating a 2015 energy sourcing goal years early, Autodesk currently runs all cloud based services and company owned buildings on 100% renewable energy.  The company has LEED certified building stock representing 32% of the company’s total building square footage.  All of the company’s California real estate is LEED certified driving important operational water savings through efficient fixtures and toilets, right-sized cooling equipment, and conservation.  Autodesk also adheres to strong purchasing guidelines that promote environmentally responsible business practices across its value chain.

Clif Bar

Clif Bar’s water stewardship practices are embedded in its passionate support of organic agriculture and the positive impact that organic makes in its agricultural supply chain. Organic farming does not allow the use the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides--agricultural chemicals that end up as pollutants in rivers, oceans and drinking water. In addition, organic agriculture increases soil carbon sequestration, which improves the water-holding capacity of soils, reduces erosion and makes farmland more resilient in times of drought.

To date, Clif Bar has purchased 630 million pounds of organic ingredients. Organic makes up 74% of all ingredients purchased. Furthering its commitment to organic, Clif Bar is also the catalyst for a $10 million investment to endow five chairs in organic plant breeding at public universities by 2020.

Clif Bar also focuses on water conservation at its headquarters.

At Clif Bar’s LEED Platinum headquarters in Emeryville, California, water efficiency was included in the building design when it opened in 2010. Clif Bar also helps employees reduce their water footprint at home by offering sustainability benefits that provide incentives to purchase low flow toilets and other water and energy efficiency upgrades to their homes.

As a company that loves the outdoors, Clif Bar supports non-profit partners focused on protecting the places people kayak, swim and surf like American Whitewater, Save The Waves, and the Conservation Alliance. In addition, Clif Bar is a member of the Blue Business Council a group of companies committed to the protection of California’s waterways and coastline.

Learn more at www.clifbar.com and check out Clif Bar’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/clifbar and follow on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/clifbar.

Constellation BrandsConstellation Brands is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits. We are proud to produce a number of wine and beer brands in California, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ballast Point and many more.

As a company based in agriculture, minimizing our environmental impact is essential to the well-being of our communities as well as our company’s long-term success. The quality and quantity of our water supply can have far-reaching impacts on our ability to do business, and are vital to our ability to produce brands of the highest quality. That is why we believe it is imperative to collectively champion the responsible use of water to reduce the risk to local communities and our operations. Our facilities in California and around the world have a long-standing commitment to responsible water use and conservation, and have long taken proactive steps to reducing water use. We also place an emphasis on transparency, and publicly report our global water usage, which is audited by a third party.

At Constellation Brands, we elevate life responsibly every day. Learn more about our corporate social responsibility efforts at www.constellationcsr.com.

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Driscoll’s is a fourth generation, family owned company that has been involved in berry farming for more than 100 years. As a leading provider of fresh and organic berries, Driscoll’s works with independent farmers to produce the highest quality strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries in the world in an effort to continually delight all berry consumers.

Over the past several decades Driscoll’s growers have made advances in irrigation efficiency. Nevertheless, broader public private engagements were needed in order to sufficiently address the water resource challenges facing California. Driscoll's began their work on water resources in the Pajaro Valley, where the company was founded and is currently headquartered. In 2010, Driscoll's, in partnership with growers, landowners, county agencies, NGOs and academics launched the Community Water Dialogue to address groundwater overdraft challenges in the Pajaro Valley. In the southern California city of Oxnard, Driscoll’s is working to support projects which enhance the water supply of growers through municipal and Ag water recycling programs.

In addition to working directly with its growers to encourage water savings, Driscoll’s is also helping to support deployment of advanced sensor irrigation technologies, aquifer recharge projects and strives to engage in the development and implementation of local policies. While Driscoll’s work on water resources is just beginning, Driscoll’s recognizes that agriculture needs to have an active role in developing solutions to address water scarcity in California.

Eileen FisherEILEEN FISHER, a certified B-Corporation, is known for its long-standing commitment to the environment, women & girls, human rights and community. Through its engagement with groups like the American Sustainable Business Council and Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy, the brand has advocated for progressive policies at the local, state and federal level for years. More recently, EILEEN FISHER has introduced Vision2020, a campaign that aims to scrutinize and improve the brand's practices from the field to the factory to the landfill.

As part of Vision2020, EILEEN FISHER is committed to using water in an environmentally responsible and socially equitable way throughout its operations and supply chain, especially in water stressed regions. This includes reducing freshwater consumption, as well as improving freshwater quality.

EILEEN FISHER has demonstrated its commitment to water stewardship through its support of organic agriculture. In 2015, 88% of its cotton was certified organic and this percentage will increase to 100% by 2020. According to an organic cotton life cycle assessment commissioned by the Textile Exchange, organic cotton uses 91% less bluewater than conventional cotton. EILEEN FISHER is also a bluesign® system partner. The bluesign® system eliminates harmful substances from the manufacturing process and identifies resource savings potential for water, energy and chemicals. Because it starts with dyes that do not contain hazardous ingredients, wastewater is much simpler to treat and creates a safer environment for workers. In 2015, 16% of EILEEN FISHER fabrics were bluesign® certified.

Still, the brand recognizes that water is a local issue and, for the first time, is mapping water risk across its supply chain. Factories and dyehouses have reported their annual water consumption and EILEEN FISHER has calculated the tonnage of its core fibers by country of origin. It will overlay this information against a map of areas of greatest water scarcity to identify on-the-ground water projects.

FetzerHeadquartered in California, Fetzer has been a pioneer in sustainable practices in the wine industry for decades. It is the largest, certified organic wine grape grower in the U.S. (certified by California Certified Organic Farmers, or CCOF), and has a long list of achievements. Fetzer recognizes the importance of water stewardship and is actively involved in promoting water conservation in the community and among wine industry colleagues.

In 2012, Fetzer Vineyards adopted the use of a new cleaning product for its wine tanks, called Peracetic acid, which requires less rinsing. As a result, Fetzer has reduced its water use by over 200,000 gallons annually, while also reducing energy needed to pump the water. In the same year, Fetzer also started removing lees (yeast residues) from wine tanks, which greatly reduces the solids from the waste water stream and the biological oxygen demand (BOD) that this creates, resulting in important water quality benefits. In 2012 alone, Fetzer removed a total of 74,000 gallons of lees.

As part of their efforts to protect water resources and procure sustainable water use in their daily operations, Fetzer participates in constructive dialogues with relevant agencies and organizations at the regional and state level.

GAP
As a company headquartered in California, Gap Inc. recognizes that water issues significantly impact people and communities around the world, while also posing risks to its business and global supply chain. Consequently, the apparel retailer has conducted a water risk assessment in partnership with Conservation International which is helping to inform its supplier engagement strategies for freshwater conservation.

Additionally, the company’s Women + Water program aims to provide safe access to clean water for women in the communities where its products are made, while reducing and improving the water footprint of the manufacturing of its products.

Gap is also working to further reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in the manufacture of its products, and in partnership with others in the apparel industry, is committed to working toward zero discharge of water pollutants by 2020. The company’s Water Quality Program launched in 2004 to monitor denim laundries’ wastewater discharge, and now requires all laundries producing for Gap Inc. brands to adhere to a set of industry-leading guidelines on water quality.

Gap has also launched a Mill Sustainability Program to improve environmental practices in fabric mills, which use large quantities of dyes, chemicals, water and energy.

General Mills
General Mills operates several production facilities in California, and sources a large number of ingredients from thousands of farmers across the state. From dates in southern California to tomatoes and almonds in the central valley, to berries along the central coast, and dairy statewide, California is one of General Mills key growing regions.

Water is critical to food manufacturing for use as an ingredient, a coolant, and to clean and sanitize manufacturing within production facilities. Since 2006, General Mills has been tracking water usage within its production facilities –including those in California – as well as identifying opportunities to increase water use efficiency. However, the vast majority (99%) of General Mills’ water footprint lies upstream of its supply chain – primarily in agriculture. Consequently, General Mills has also adopted a watershed health strategy in eight of its most material and at-risk watersheds around the world, including two in California’s San Joaquin Valley and Los Angeles.

As part of the California Water Action Collective, General Mills is currently partnering with The Nature Conservancy and other companies and entities to support improved watershed health in the state.

GenetechAt Genentech, a member of the Roche group, we make medicines to treat patients with serious medical conditions. As a company with the majority of its operations in California, we recognize that we have an important responsibility to do what we can to reduce our water use.

We have been working to improve water efficiency for more than a decade, publishing our first water goal back in 2005. Since then we’ve driven significant gains in manufacturing water efficiency, achieving an 87% reduction in water use per kg of medicine at our South San Francisco headquarters between 2009 and 2014. Our current goal is to reduce absolute water use at our South San Francisco site by 20% by 2020 compared with 2010. Given our continued growth this new goal is ambitious, and deliberately so.

Knowing that water scarcity is a critical challenge for California, we are implementing both short- and long-term solutions to conserve water. During our annual Water Summit, representatives from our California sites get together to leverage shared water saving ideas and experiences. Our sites are working on many fronts to conserve water. Our efforts include internal treatment and reuse of wastewater streams in our cooling towers and boilers; incorporation of water efficient features in our new buildings (e.g., purple pipes for grey water reuse); and HVAC optimization projects to reduce both energy and water use, particularly related to cooling tower operation. These energy projects also help lessen the demand we place on water resources used by the California power plants that produce much of the energy we use.

We have let our lawns go brown and are replacing turf with drought tolerant landscaping, as well as implementing other measures to reduce irrigation, such as installation of weather sensors. And we are working to engage our 11,500 employees who live and work in California to conserve water while at work and at home.

KB Home


KB Home is one of the largest homebuilding companies in the United States and a sustainability leader in the industry. Water conservation is one of its key sustainability focus areas.

KB Home partners with the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program, which seeks to reduce consumer water use. From 2007-2014, KB Home built 19,000 homes nationwide with water-saving features that meet the WaterSense Program criteria—and which save three million gallons of water per day.

In Lancaster, California, in 2014, KB Home unveiled its newest environmental technologies in a “Double ZeroHouse” that is both highly energy and water efficient. The signature feature of the home is a first-of-its kind gray water recycling system, which reuses water from sinks, showers and washing machines for outdoor use, eliminating the need to use potable water for irrigation. The gray water system, combined with drought tolerant landscaping, WaterSense fixtures and real time monitoring add up to savings of roughly 150,000 gallons of water per year, or half an acre-foot, for a family of four.

Kellogg'sKellogg Company’s approach to sustainability starts with protecting the land where its ingredients are grown and its foods are made by:

- Responsibly sourcing its 10 priority ingredients by 2020 by measuring continuous improvement on key indicators including water use.
- Reducing its global water use (per metric tonne of food produced) an additional 15 percent by 2020, which is estimated to save approximately 500 million gallons of water through 2020.
- Implementing water reuse projects in at least 25 percent of its plants between 2015 and 2020.
- Supporting watershed health where Kellogg sources and makes its food.

In California, Kellogg works with its raisins suppliers to support sustainable agriculture and drive continuous improvement on water use and other key metrics. It’s partnering with 5 raisin suppliers on water reduction through the measurement of continuous improvement, reaching over 80 farmers and over 5,800 acres.

At its facility in San Jose, California where Eggo® waffles are made, Kellogg is committed to reducing its water usage and using it more efficiently. Kellogg has reduced its water usage (per metric tonne of food produced) over 20 percent since 2005, mainly through employee engagement, education, and behavior change. Additionally, it has installed on-site fuel cell technology in late-2013 that generates 1 megawatt of electricity and reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by ~980 metric tonnes and utility water use by over 7 million gallons of water annually.

KohlerFounded in 1873, Kohler Co. has a long history of helping Americans save water in their homes and businesses with its innovative new plumbing products that use less water. The company’s mission includes working in harmony with the environment and protecting it for future generations.

In 2007, Kohler Co. launched its formal sustainability strategy that set reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions, the amount of waste it sends to landfill, and water use across all business units. As of 2014, water use intensity (water consumed per unit sales) has decreased by 29 percent compared to the baseline year of 2008.

Kohler also markets hundreds of models of toilets, faucets, showerheads, and urinals that carry EPA’s WaterSense label. The company’s efforts to develop water-saving products and promote water efficiency have earned the company seven consecutive awards from the EPA WaterSense® program.

Consumer and business installation of WaterSense-labeled fixtures can help Californians make progress toward the state’s water use reduction goals, and additional savings of billions of gallons are easily achievable. Independent estimates show that market penetration of WaterSense toilets, which use only 1.28 gallons of water or less per flush and pass strict performance tests, is less than 10 percent.

While the water situation in California is critical, Kohler Co. strongly believes that individual actions, supported by well-designed state policies and building codes, will allow the state to continue to thrive. In addition, Kohler believes California’s success will serve as a model to other states that may face drought or other water issues in the coming years.

Levi Strauss & Co.


Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) is an industry leader on water stewardship. From its Global Effluent Requirements for wastewater, to its participation in the Better Cotton Initiative, to its Water<Less™ finishing process and consumer education campaigns, LS&Co. has designed and implemented multiple industry-first standards that improve water quality and reduce water use in the apparel industry.

In 2013, the company developed the apparel industry’s first water recycle/reuse standard. LS&Co. hit a major milestone in March 2015, saving a billion gallons of water since 2011 through its Water<Less™ technique, which reduces the water used in garment finishing by up to 96 percent.

After undertaking an updated lifecycle assessment (LCA) of its core products, the company learned that much of the water impact of its products occurs outside of garment manufacturing during the consumer use and cotton growing phases. In response, LS&Co. launched a new consumer education campaign to help consumers understand their environmental impact. By taking the “Are You Ready to Come Clean?” quiz consumers around the world can learn how much water and energy they use compared with average consumers in their regions.

And, since 2009, through its Care Tag for Our Planet initiative, LS&Co. has been sewing labels into each of its garments that encourage consumers to wash less, wash in cold, line dry, and donate their jeans.

LS&Co. believes that water is an essential resource not only for its business but also for communities and other industries around the world, and recognizes that it must do its part to help protect it.

Qualcomm"Qualcomm Incorporated recognizes that water is a limited natural resource that is critical to our Company, the communities where we operate and life on the planet. That’s why it is our intention to identify opportunities to optimize water efficiency, foster ongoing, transparent communication with our stakeholders and strive to continuously improve our water management practices,” says Molly Gavin, Vice President of Government Affairs and Sustainability at Qualcomm Incorporated.

On September 28, 2015, for example, the company kicked off an employee water conservation campaign to help increase awareness about invisible water use and challenge its employees to use less water in their daily lives. The campaign asked employees to commit to doing one or more water-saving actions over the next thirty days, and more than 2,000 employees around the globe took the pledge to become water-saving champions. If all of Qualcomm’s employees kept their pledges, their collective savings totaled approximately 18.3 million gallons, or 69.3 million liters, of water (including invisible water) over the course of the month.

In addition to employee engagement, Qualcomm is committed to responsible water management, both in its facilities and through its products. Its headquarters for example employ an advanced water treatment system that reduces the water used in the cooling towers of its new co-generation plant by more than 5.4 million gallons annually.

The company’s Smart Cities efforts are another way it promotes responsible water use. Qualcomm Technologies Inc.'s collaboration with CH2MHill on water management in Saipan, a U.S. territory in the Northern Mariana Islands with 40,000 residents, included working together to create a machine-to-machine technology that keeps track of the water supply’s movement throughout the system—and more importantly, where it’s being lost.

To learn more about Qualcomm’s efforts to create a more water secure planet, visit its sustainability website, read Our Commitment to Responsible Water Management or download the most recent sustainability report.

Sierra NevadaAt Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., sustainability means recognizing the impacts associated with its operations and making a conscious effort to reduce them. With one of the worst droughts on record in California, and unusually large volumes of rain and snow hampering construction of its North Carolina brewery over the last three years, the company has seen “a vivid picture of a changing climate,” says Cheri Chastain, Sierra Nevada’s Sustainability Manager.

“As one of the primary ingredients in beer and a vitally important resource for life, water is, and always has been, on our mind,” she says.

Water efficiency is an ongoing effort at the company, which sold its first beer in 1980. Since 2007, Sierra Nevada has reduced by 25 percent the amount of water required to produce one barrel of beer.

In recent years, the company switched from water-based to dry lubricant on all of its bottling line conveyer belts, installed flow meters throughout the brewery to track water use and locate leaks sooner, installed systems to recover the water used in bottling, and made its automated cleaning systems as efficient as possible. Outside, the company switched to drip irrigation, removed thirsty lawns and cut its landscaping water use by 48 percent.

“Craft beer is about respecting your community, and that includes protecting the resources we all share,” says Chastain.

Sungevity

Sungevity is a global solar energy provider focused on making it easy and affordable for homeowners to benefit from solar power. Their headquarters is located in Oakland, California.

Sungevity was inspired by the Connect the Drops campaign to launch a new water stewardship program focused on consumer and employee awareness and engagement. The company plans to raise awareness of the energy-water nexus. As solar PV is one of the lightest users of water when compared to other electricity sources, Sungevity plans to highlight the water saving potential of a transition to solar power and further explore ways to reduce their water footprint in the manufacturing process. Also transitioning to renewable energy such as solar power can help mitigate the impacts of climate change, which exacerbates drought. Further, as an estimated 19 percent of the state’s total electrical consumption is for pumping, treating, collecting and discharging water, maximizing local water solutions – a key component of Connect the Drops -- will help reduce overall energy demand. Sungevity intends to raise awareness of these issues through staff and customer engagement, as well as through marketing channels.

In addition, Sungevity is focused internally on improving procurement choices that will reduce their water footprint, and enabling water smart practices among the staff.

As a business that rents its headquarters facility, Sungevity is committed to negotiating with their landlord in order to accelerate the installation of water-saving devices.

Symantec


Symantec, one the world’s largest software companies providing security, storage and systems management solutions, seeks to use water responsibly, particularly where it has operations in drought-affected regions, such as California.

In California, Symantec has implemented multiple water conservation initiatives including, disabling chiller equipment when appropriate to reduce water consumption during dry times, replacing turf with native planting to reduce irrigation usage, installing water efficiency fixtures, reducing irrigation frequency and times, and avoiding unnecessary water use (e.g. turning off fountains, sweeping instead of rinsing walkways).

As a result of its efforts worldwide, Symantec decreased its total purchased water consumption by 13 percent (54,428 cubic meters) in 2014, in comparison to 2013. Our headquarters campus in Mountain View, California reduced total water use by 9% over the same period.

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The Coca-Cola Company recognizes that clean, accessible water is essential to the health of communities and ecosystems, and is indispensable for economic prosperity. The company’s broad water stewardship goals include returning to nature an amount of water equivalent to what it uses in its beverages and production.

Through water efficiency improvements, Coca-Cola has saved more than seven billion gallons of water in the United States since 2005. In California, it has saved nearly 280 million gallons across its 53 facilities by employing water reclamation systems and waterless processing technologies.

In California, Coca-Cola works with local water agencies and community partners to evaluate current drought conditions and maximize water conservation efforts at its facilities. It partners with the U.S. Forest Service on replenishment projects focused on the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Angeles National Forest.

Through restoration of natural resources and wildfire-damaged watersheds, these projects will replenish more than one billion liters of water. Coca-Cola is also working to recharge dwindling groundwater reserves in California’s San Joaquin Valley by infiltrating floodwater captured in wet years. The project is a partnership with the California Department of Water Resources, Laguna Irrigation District, Kings Basin Water Authority and Sustainable Conservation.

North FaceWater conservation is a top priority for The North Face. The company has taken multiple steps to improve water efficiency across its operations.

In manufacturing, The North Face has partnered with industry-leading experts at Bluesign Technologies to help its mills reduce their impact by using water and energy more efficiently, and by addressing harmful chemicals at the fabric level. Since 2010, participating mills have saved 310 million gallons of water—more than 470 Olympic size swimming pools of water.

The North Face is also committed to improving the environmental performance of its products, and focuses on high volume materials to maximize impact. Increasing the amount of recycled plastic in its polyester fabric has allowed the company to use less water and fossil fuels, while providing a market solution for a growing problem - used water and soda bottles. The North Face also recently implemented an eco-preferred dyeing process that dyes the yarn instead of the fabric and uses up to 50 percent less water and chemicals and an average of 25 percent less energy compared to the traditional fabric dyeing process.

At its headquarters in Alameda, California, the company has launched a campus-wide water conservation effort. The North Face planted vegetation native to the Bay Area and installed an efficient irrigation system, which when combined reduces water usage by 75 percent compared to conventional landscaping practices. The North Face is also conscious of the water that falls onto their campus. One hundred percent of storm water is treated onsite to ensure that run-off does not contaminate the beautiful San Francisco Bay. These efforts were awarded the Bay Friendly Landscaping certification by the county of Alameda.

VANS.pngFounded in Anaheim, California in 1966, Vans has deep roots in action sports like snowboarding that depend on water resources. Vans has a vested interest in protecting our precious freshwater resources so that future generations can express themselves through these cherished activities.

Water efficiency is a key consideration as Vans designs and builds its new global headquarters in Costa Mesa. In particular, the brand is committed to incorporating water-saving strategies for landscaping and indoor uses.

Additionally, Vans engages employees to do their part to save water as well. For Earth Day 2015, employees participated in Vans’ annual Green Sole Green Clean event where they learned about the severity of the drought in California and were given practical tips to implement in order to save water at work and at home. Vans also encourages employees to have some fun while saving water through its Dirty Car competition in which the employee with the dirtiest car at the corporate office wins a gift card for doing his or her part to conserve water that month.

Vans’ parent company, VF Corporation, recently began a global water risk assessment for the Vans’ supply chain. In the coming years, as population and the effects of climate change increase, water-related risks to Vans’ business will likely accelerate. Thus, understanding these risks will help inform future policies and strategy to help save water. VF Corporation teamed up with the World Resources Institute to provide the water risk mapping tools needed to make this project a global success that will positively impact future generations.

VMWare

Headquartered in California and acutely aware of the pressures associated with the state’s historic drought, VMware has identified and implemented a number of projects to mitigate water use throughout its Palo Alto campus. Across the company’s 105-acre campus, irrigation efficiency improvements have reduced irrigation water use by 35%. Additionally, the company completed a water closet retrofit program ensuring that all campus fixtures are highly efficient; this has reduced water use by 30%. VMware expects these programs to save 13 million gallons of water annually.

Compelled to drive water conservation beyond its campus, VMware partnered with WaterGenius – a group funded by the Santa Clara Valley Water District – to pilot an online platform and engage employees and their communities with the WaterGenius Challenge. The partnership has been a huge success and VMware, along with other corporate Challengers, saved over 1.6M gallons during the 3-month challenge in 2015.

VMware's virtual infrastructure products allow users to reduce computing energy use by up to 80%, which has resulted in an estimated energy savings of 105 billion kilowatt hours of electricity for VMware customers. Reducing energy demand can help mitigate the impacts of climate change, which exacerbates drought.

White Wave FoodsWhiteWave is a leading consumer packaged food and beverage company that manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells branded plant-based foods and beverages, coffee creamers and beverages, premium dairy products and organic produce throughout North America. The company is headquartered in Denver, CO and has a number of agriculture, manufacturing, and office facilities located throughout California. The Company's widely-recognized, leading brands distributed in North America include Silk, So Delicious and Vega plant-based foods and beverages, International Delight and Land O’ Lakes coffee creamers and beverages, Horizon Organic and Wallaby Organic premium dairy products and Earthbound Farm organic salads, fruits and vegetables. WhiteWave’s mission is to “change the way the world eats for the better” and they are devoted to supporting farmers, respecting natural ecosystems, and caring for employees throughout its supply chain. The company has a goal to reduce the water intensity of its products by 20% by 2025 (2013 baseline) and over the last two years WhiteWave has reduced water use by 6% per pound of product.  WhiteWave has also supported multiple restoration projects that collaborate with farmers in California, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and the Colorado River Delta.

Through a recent engagement with the Ceres/WWF Ag-Water Challenge, the company has committed to develop a robust agricultural water stewardship strategy over the next 24 months that addresses shared water challenges facing its key commodities (dairy, soy, almond and produce in particular) in areas of greatest water risk, such as California.

The company seeks to support and scale projects that restore freshwater systems in areas material to its supply chain including innovative on-farm groundwater recharge projects in California’s San Joaquin Valley, where the company sources almonds and field greens. WhiteWave is also committing to engage in policy advocacy to strengthen water management in its priority sourcing regions.  In addition to joining Connect the Drops, WhiteWave has pledged to scale its partnership with the Business for Water Stewardship network (formerly Protect the Flows) – a network of over 1,100 businesses that depend on and support a healthy and thriving Colorado River system for the economic vitality it provides.

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