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When it comes to the amount of water needed to brew a glass of beer, there is more than meets the eye.
Most of the water, more than 90 percent, goes into growing the barley and other agricultural inputs used in the brewing process. Some of our agricultural suppliers, as well as our beverage plants, are located in water-stressed regions.
In the face of unprecedented worldwide demand for water access, we have a vested interest in ensuring an abundant supply of fresh, clean water for our company and for the communities where we operate. As the world's leading brewer, AB InBev is in a unique position to help improve how fresh water is managed and set an example for reducing water risks. We do it by squeezing every last drop from our production … by helping our barley suppliers grow more with less … and by working with global and local stakeholders to improve water conditions at the watershed level.
As a signatory to the UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate and a member of its steering committee, AB InBev has integrated the Mandate's six core elements in our approach to water management: Direct Operations, Supply Chain and Watershed Management, Collective Action, Public Policy, Community Engagement and Transparency.