In order to contribute to long-term risk mitigation and tackle increasing water challenges, corporate water targets must be informed by the best available science on hydro-ecological conditions at the basin level, informed by contextual social needs, and aligned with local to global public policy objectives.
A high-level summary of research findings and recommendations for driving progress on WASH and SDG6 through supply-chains and voluntary standards.
An increasing number of companies recognize that water poses a significant risk to their business and have begun to take action to mitigate their risks via improved water management practices and stewardship. This paper proposes a new recognition that companies seeking to manage water-related business risks can and should contribute to improved water and sanitation management and governance that is also in the public interest.
The global sanitation crisis is one of the most critical sustainable development challenges facing the world today. This discussion paper explores the business case for corporate action on sanitation and identifies several ways the private sector can make an impact.
This brochure outlines the 5 Tipping Points for a Healthy and Productive Ocean identified in the report “Global Goals, Ocean Opportunities”. The tippings points cover the areas of traceable seafood, low-carbon shipping, renewable energy, mineral extraction and data collection, and ending harmful pollutants entering the ocean. Each of these represent a valuable contribution to achieving the 2030 agenda.
This paper articulates the need to allow companies to contribute to water management efforts, to assist them instead of excluding them, and to insist that they operate in a manner that justifies their presence and is welcomed by local stakeholders.
As an easy-to-access and use tool, it offers business the ability to explore, assess, value and respond to water risk and identify contextually appropriate solutions to advance SDG6 in particular.
Offers perspectives from companies and examples of existing projects, as well as framework of actions companies can take to support sanitation coverage in their facilities, among their suppliers, and in the communities in which they operate.
Examines the unique nature of water challenges in conflict-affected or high-risk areas and how the management of water resources can in turn affect business operations and society – particularly through its potential to exacerbate conflict.
A stocktaking and assessment of existing and emerging water accounting methods and tools being used in the private sector.
This guide aims to help companies set effective site water targets that are informed by catchment context, which can create value and lessen risks for the company and support collective action. This guide is intended for site staff or technical water specialists responsible for water management, and relevant corporate staff. This guide lays out three key elements for setting effective site water targets: Water targets should respond to priority water challenges within the catchment; The ambition of water targets should be informed by the site’s contribution to water challenges and desired conditions; and Water targets should reduce water risk, capitalize on opportunities, and contribute to public sector priorities. This case of the Santa Ana RIver Watershed illustrates how the guidance was applied by a group of companies in that watershed.
Provides companies with practical measures on how to bring a human rights lens to their existing corporate water stewardship practices. The report is designed to be applicable to a broad range of corporate water users, and underscores the important nature of effective stakeholder engagement throughout the process.