Water Use

Bristol-Myers Squibb continues to focus on reducing our water use around the world, with particular focus on our operations in water-stressed areas.

We established a Sustainability 2015 Goal of 10 percent reduction in total water use at all our current facilities, from a 2009 baseline year (excluding acquisitions - see footnote on Key Performance Indicators table).

We've made great strides in reducing our water usage, even as production increased. Throughout 2015, we decreased our water usage by 9.2 percent. We continue to evaluate each facilities water usage and implement new water saving practices, including equipment upgrades and water-recycling programs.

Our total water use, including acquisitions, decreased by 7.3 percent absolute since 2013 and decreased by 7.8 percent when normalized by sales through 2015. Water use data is reported in aggregate and the total operational water use includes groundwater, surface water and municipal water sources. Water quantity data by source type is not collected centrally, however it is monitored site by site.

Recycling water is another way we reduce our demand on this precious resource. At our Hopewell campus in New Jersey, we are reusing treated water from our on-site wastewater treatment plant in our cooling towers. In 2015, our on-site wastewater treatment plant generated 18.4 million liters of reclaimed water for a total of 121 million liters since 2004.

We report our water use through the Carbon Disclosure Project's Water Disclosure initiative.

Water Use