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 2020 Goal of 5 percent absolute reduction in total water use at all our current facilities, from a 2015 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. We continue to evaluate each facility’s water usage and implement new water saving practices, including equipment upgrades and water-recycling programs.

Throughout year-end 2018, our total water use decreased by 4.4 percent since 2015. Water use data is reported in aggregate and the total operational water use includes groundwater, surface water and municipal water sources.

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 2018, our on-site wastewater treatment plant generated 16 million liters of reclaimed water for a total of 155 million liters since 2004.

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