SABMiller, a UK-based global brewing and beverage company, has urged for immediate action towards issues related to water throughout the globe and confirmed its involvement in addressing the issues through its businesses and communities.

Having signed the Cambridge Leadership Compact, a commitment to value and maintain Earth’s natural resources, SABMiller came up with the issue at the Rio+20 Earth Summit.

SABMiller CEO Graham Mackay also called different governments at the conference and promised to initiate corporate water management practices to tackle with the global water security problem.

The company has already partnered with water efficiency centers like Water Futures – WWF and GIZ – to develop and implement water sustainability policies and practices.

Through its water efficiency programs, SABMiller has reported 5% improvement in water quality in the last one year.

SABMiller sustainable development SVP Andy Wales said initiatives such as these are crucial to driving awareness of the interconnectedness of the resource challenge.

"The earth’s growing population will need more food, and producing this food will increase water stress," Wales added.

"Governments have a critical role to play in developing environmental, social and economic policies which acknowledge the interconnectedness of the resources upon which we all depend."

UN Global Compact deputy director and CEO Water Mandate head Gavin Power said the global water crisis demands collective action – uniting business, the public sector, civil society, and other stakeholders.

"This Communiqué and the examples of action show that many businesses are ready to raise their game even further – urging that governments do the same," added Power.

"Hopefully, Rio+20 will help focus minds and lead to a new era in which water-aware governments take decisive action, working with business and other partners to achieve related sustainability goals in the years and decades ahead."

Image: SABMiller plans for promoting the sustainable management of water resources through its water efficiency programs. Photo: SABMiller plc