Improving Long-Term Water Security — Three Steps To Setting Site Water Targets


The world’s water resources are under growing pressure from rising water consumption, pollution, weak governance and climate change. Unlike carbon, a global pollutant, water is an inherently local resource. To build long-term water security for their operations and local communities, businesses should take into consideration not only their own water use and discharge, but the specific characteristics of each water catchment, says a new guide by the UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate. Given that each catchment has a unique set of water challenges, setting site water targets informed by catchment context helps drive effective action.

By reducing water risk, capitalizing on opportunities and contributing to public policy priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals, site water targets can deliver tangible business value and drive collective action to meet desired water conditions. With insights from experts at the CEO Water Mandate and the private sector, this Academy session will provide three steps  to effectively setting site water targets. 

During this session, you will learn:

  • What is a site water target?

  • What are the three steps for effectively setting site water targets?

  • What are the next steps for your company after setting the targets?


1) Tien Shiao, Senior Researcher and Corporate Water Stewardship Co-Lead, The Pacific Institute  

2) Troy Jones, Director, Water, Teck Resources Limited

3) Byron Thayer, Sustainability Manager, Levi Strauss & Co

4) Truke Smoor, Environmental Compliance & Sustainability Director - Water, Cargill