ITC’s paperboards factory in Coimbatore has received the Alliance for Water Stewardship platinum-level recognition for its social activity in the Upper Bhavani basin.
November 6, 2019
ITC’s Kovai Paperboards factory in Tamil Nadu has earned the unique distinction of being the only facility in India to be awarded the Alliance for Water Stewardship Platinum-level certification – the highest recognition for water stewardship in the world.
The certification acknowledges ITC’s large-scale and impactful water management programmes benefitting millions.
Over the years, more than 385000 cubic meters of water harvesting potential has been created across the catchment, benefitting tens of thousands of farmers.
Adrian Sym, Chief Executive Officer, Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) said, “For many years, ITC has been at the forefront of business engagement in water stewardship, understanding the need for business to contribute to the sustainability of the water catchments on which they depend. The AWS certification awarded to ITC’s Kovai paper mill provides deserved global recognition to ITC in the field of water stewardship.”
“This certification is indeed a source of encouragement to all at ITC and will inspire us to scale up our efforts to ensure water security to our stakeholders around our factories,” said Chitranjan Dar, Group Head of EHS, Projects and R&D, ITC Limited.
ITC Kovai is the first site in India and only the second in the world to be awarded this certification based on international benchmarks in water stewardship.