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Natural Capital Is A Catalyst For FEMSA's Sustainability Strategy

Date: 28 August 2014

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Executive Summary

This report provides Chief Sustainability Officers (CSOs) and VPs of Sustainability with an independent analysis of FEMSA’s sustainability strategy, to help benchmark their own strategic thinking. To understand how firms exposed to natural capital risk are integrating natural capital into their sustainability strategy, Verdantix selected FEMSA, a $1.7 billion global food and beverage firm, for a case study. We interviewed senior members of FEMSA’s sustainability team and analysed data from corporate sustainability reports. Verdantix analysis finds that FEMSA has used water to organize its approach to natural capital. This strategy has evolved as a response to supply chain pressures and as a way for FEMSA to expand its sustainability strategy beyond initial easy successes.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

NATURAL CAPITAL IS A CATALYST FOR FEMSA’S SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY

FEMSA Has To Respond To Supply Chain Pressure And Local Issues
Water Is An Orchestrating Element Of FEMSA’s Group-Wide Strategy
Natural Capital Is A Catalyst For Breaking Beyond Sustainability’s Easy Successes

ORGANIZATIONS MENTIONED

Anglo American, Barrick Gold, BASF, BHP Billiton, CONAGUA, FEMSA, FEMSA Foundation, Inter-American Development Bank, Latin American Alliance for Water Funds, Millennium Water Alliance, Rio Tinto, SAP, The Coca-Cola Company, The Nature Conservancy, Water Footprint Network, World Health Organization