The scope of this KPI includes water use for facilities that manufacture beauty and personal care products for sale in the United States.  Activities for products sold in other regions are not to be considered.

Resources that can be used to establish goals for water reduction include, but are not limited to, those in the Resources section.


Water Footprint Network:  The Water Footprint Network is a network of over 200 partners from large companies to small-scale suppliers, financial institutions, and regulatory bodies, non-profit organizations, and academia.  This organization provides various tools, assessments and information regarding water consumption accounting.


Absolute water reduction goal:  An organization's goal for water use reduction expressed as liters of water per year.

Company-owned or contract manufacturing facilities:  Facilities responsible for manufacturing and assembly of final products, whether these facilities are internal or external to the respondent's organization.

Goals:  Goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound.

Intensity-based water goal:  A goal for water use reduction expressed as liters per unit of output (e.g., liters per unit produced).

Public disclosure:  Voluntary corporate reporting sustainability reporting programs, or reporting as part of regulatory compliance.

Water use:  The total withdrawals from municipal and private water providers, surface water, groundwater, or wells.