Mumbai, India, November 7, 2012—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is partnering with Tata Quality Management Services to develop strategies to improve water efficiency and promote sustainable water use at 11 Tata plants across India, setting a paradigm of water conservation for industry in the country.
Based on Water Footprint Network’s globally acknowledged water footprint methodology, Tata Quality Management Services is using IFC’s expertise in developing a water sustainability framework for Group companies Tata Steel, Tata Power, Tata Motors, and Tata Chemicals. Staff members across the chosen facilities have been trained in water footprint assessment and strategies to play the role of water “champions”
“By collaborating with IFC, we have accelerated the uptake of water sustainability measures within and outside our industrial operations,”
Indian industry is facing business disruption risk due to competition over scarce resources and degradation of water quality. Water Resources Group forecasts that India will experience a water shortfall of almost 50 percent by 2030. Therefore, there is a pressing need for industry to use scarce water resources judiciously.
“This initiative is calibrating water usage at the facilities, introducing best practices in water efficiency, and facilitating investments in water conservation technologies and solutions for all the stakeholders,”
Water scarcity is expected to grow significantly in coming decades. IFC plays a leading role in identifying and implementing solutions to meet the challenge, both through its work with client companies and through multi-stakeholder forums. IFC is an initiating sponsor of the 2030 Water Resources Group and a founding partner of the Water Footprint Network
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, mobilizing capital in international financial markets, and providing advisory services to businesses and governments. In FY12, our investments reached an all-time high of more than $20 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector to create jobs, spark innovation, and tackle the world’s most pressing development challenges.
About Tata Group
The Tata Group comprises over 100 operating companies in seven business sectors: communications and information technology, engineering, materials, services, energy, consumer products and chemicals. The group has operations in more than 80 countries across six continents, and its companies export products and services to 85 countries. The total revenue of Tata companies, taken together, was $100.09 billion in 2011-12, with 58 percent of this coming from business outside India. Tata companies employ over 450,000 people worldwide. The Tata name has been respected in India for more than 140 years for its adherence to strong values and business ethics.