2017 Sustainability Report

Sustainability Approach

Reporting Practices

We are committed to reporting on Xylem’s sustainability strategies and performance on an annual basis.

This report captures full-year sustainability results and progress for calendar year 2017. For the first year, our report and all data disclosed includes the operations of our Sensus and Visenti businesses, which were acquired in October 2016. Our previous report was released in June 2017, covering our results and progress for calendar year 2016.

This report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option. The GRI Content Index outlines the indicators included in this report and a link to their location in the report. The GRI Content Index also indicates which disclosures have been externally assured.

While GRI does not require external assurance of all the data in a report, in 2018, Xylem engaged independent certification and verification providers, ERM-CVS, to conduct assurance of the environmental and safety metrics contained within our EHS metrics system. ERM-CVS provided an assurance statement for the following:


  • Total direct energy use (MWh)
  • Total indirect energy use (MWh)
  • Total Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions (metric tons of CO2e)
  • Scope 3 emissions associated with business travel – air, rental cars and use of hotels (metric tons of CO2e)
  • Total water withdrawal (mega-liters)


  • Injury frequency (medical + lost work day cases x 200,000/number of working hours)
  • Number of medical cases
  • Injury severity (number of lost work days x 200,000/worked hours)
  • Number of lost work day cases

Click Here for the assurance statement from ERM-CVS.

As part of our annual reporting process, we measure and evaluate our performance and communicate our progress and challenges. We normalize a number of our Environment, Health & Safety metrics based on revenues to allow for a consistent year-over-year comparison that is not impacted by acquisitions, divestitures, employee turnover and other similar factors. Restatements in data are noted in the section of the report where they appear.

The list of all entities within our company is contained in the consolidated financial statements section of the Form 10-K, which was filed on Feb. 23, 2018. It includes the legal names of our nearly 150 subsidiaries, the jurisdiction of these organizations and the name under which they do business. This report includes results and accomplishments from all the entities listed in the Xylem Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2017.

For more information about the content included in this report, contact xylem.sustainability@xyleminc.com.