Water Security through Stewardship

Be at the forefront of cutting-edge water security efforts

Why Water Security through Stewardship?

Water challenges increasingly pose a significant risk to both business and society. This risk is only expected to increase — by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas. As the impacts of climate change intersect with population growth and economic development, water conditions worldwide face new challenges. These challenges also present an opportunity for business to play a proactive role and contribute to solutions that lead to a sustainable water future.

Take Action

The Action Platform will push the needle forward on cutting-edge thinking and multi-stakeholder collective action that demonstrates impact for water security. It will create tools and resources to help companies of all shapes and sizes adopt more progressive leadership practices to tackle today’s complex water and sanitation challenges.

Join the Platform to:
  • Be on the leading edge of water stewardship practices, addressing critical social, economic and environmental aspects of water and sanitation
  • Develop, pilot test and implement cutting-edge guidance and tools that help address pressing water and sanitation challenges globally
  • Work jointly on collective action and partnership opportunities on improve water security in water-stressed regions
  • Engage with policymakers and find solutions to support broader policy outcomes on water and sanitation
  • Engage in cross-sectoral peer learning on water-related risks, challenges, and solutions

In partnership with the Pacific Institute, the platform brings the private sector, experts, civil society, Governments and the United Nations together to mobilize both leaders and leaners in the global business community to adopt advanced water stewardship practices. The platform will work closely with leading companies to test, refine and scale innovative water stewardship practices. Through developing a universal framework and fostering local partnerships, collective action and policy engagements, platform participants will advance water management in support of Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, as well as its touchpoints with the other Global Goals.

Platform activities will be carried out across four key work streams:

  1. Water and Sanitation for Health (WASH) and Human Rights
  2. Direct Operations and Supply Chains
  3. Collective Action and Policy Engagement
  4. Metrics, Indicators and Disclosure

Platform Activities

Launch of a new portal and set of tools, building upon the Water Stewardship Toolbox

Creation of new guidance around Context-Based Water Metrics

Development of collective action impact metrics

Implementation of an apparel sector initiative, including a supply chain analysis and management tool as well as a local collective action opportunity

Engagement, implementation and documentation of innovative activities on water and climate, as well as WASH by leading companies

Platform Partners

The UN Global Compact Difference:
  • Work with like-minded organizations on tangible projects that will make measurable impact on meeting the Global Goals.
  • Connect with, gain unique insight from and explore partnership opportunities throughout the United Nations system.
  • Leverage the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative and Global Compact Local Networks in over 70 countries.
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