Water is the lifeblood of society and the global economy. It is the element that binds us together, creating deep and complex interdependencies between companies, communities and natural ecosystems and the pressure is growing for companies to build long-term resilience to water challenges into their business. As the Chinese proverb states: Not only can water float a boat, it can sink it also.
Water can be a significant driver for innovative and sustainable economic prosperity but its mismanagement can result in significant business failure and reputational risk.
|Prawns found to be key in stopping the spread of deadly parasite in West Africa
Sustainable Brands, Market: Global, Year:2015
Stanford researchers in Senegal, West Africa, has found that freshwater prawns can serve as an effective natural solution in the battle against schistosomiasis, a potentially deadly parasitic disease that infects roughly 230 million people. The prawns prey on parasite-infected snails, while providing a marketable, protein-rich food source. Because prawns cannot support schistosomiasis’ complex life cycle, they do not transmit the disease themselves… Read more
|Water valuation: detailed case studies
WBCSD Market: Global, Year: 2014
These detailed case studies complement the Business Guide to Water Valuation publication. They document how and why different companies have carried out water-related valuation studies.
|Carbon Disclosure Project – Water
Carbon Disclosure Project. Market: Global 2013
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) are working to catalyse a global movement towards sustainable corporate water stewardship to safeguard water resources and address the global water crisis – one of the most significant challenges facing the global economy. By acting as a platform for corporate water disclosure the CDP aim to:
– Drive greater transparency of water issues and make meaningful reporting on water standard corporate practice globally;
– Enable access to corporate water data to facilitate informed decision making and promote better understanding of uncertainty and water risk;
– Promote more competent and robust governance of water issues through capacity building, multi-sector collaborations and sharing best practice;
– Incentivize sustainable, long-term thinking and business planning;
– Support and accelerate the development of standard water metrics and performance benchmarks.
The CDPs water program provides interviews, corporate responses, water reports and case studies.
CDP’s supply chain program now includes water.
Carbon Disclosure Project. Market: Global 2013
Supplier reporting is really vital since the supply chain often accounts for the largest portion of a company’s water use and risk. By using the standardized, global system that you and your suppliers are accustomed to, CDP offers a simple solution to a complex problem for sustainability and procurement professionals alike.
2012 and 2013 UK Guardian Sustainable Business Awards
The Guardian Sustainable Business in the UK has some great case studies from their annual Sustainable Business Awards. Check out winners in Water from 2012 and 2013
CRC for Water Sensitive Cities. Market: Australia, Year: 2013
The purpose of blueprint2013 is to foster discussion and innovation in harnessing the potential of stormwater to overcome water shortages, reduce urban temperatures, and improve waterway health and the landscape of Australian cities in their transformation into Water Sensitive Cities.
|Reduce Water Use = Reduced Costs and Reduced Risks
US Environmental Defense Fund and AT&T. Market: USA, Year: 2013
Water plays an important role in buildings: from faucets and fixtures to outside irrigation to cooling. Increasing water shortages and rising costs related to water use are causing companies to pay close attention to their water use. If your organization is ready to look at ways to address water-related risks, the tools that Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and AT&T have created can provide a framework for you to develop you own building-related water efficiency plan.
|Sustainable Insight: Water Scarcity – Global Reporting Trends
KPMG. Market: Global, Year: 2012
Water scarcity has risen to the top of many corporate agendas over the past few years. In the face of dire predictions about dwindling supplies, a growing number of businesses are taking measures to become better stewards of this vital resource. In this edition of />Sustainable Insight KPMG explore how the world’s major businesses are setting out their approaches to water scarcity via their key communication vehicles on corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability.
|The Sustainability Yearbook 2011
SAM & PWC. Market: Global , Year: 2011
The 2011 Sustainability Yearbook offers an overview of the results of SAM’s 12th annual assessment of corporate sustainability practices, which provides the basis for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. It contains sustainability insights into 58 sectors. The top performers in each sector qualify as SAM Sector Leaders. In addition, the companies that have achieved the most significant year-to-year improvement in their corporate sustainability performance in each sector are recognised as SAM Sector Movers. The key topic of water as a global sustainability issue is a focal point for 2011.
|Framework for Responsible Business Engagement with Water Policy
Market: Global, Year: 2010
Assists companies in responsible water policy engagement, providing core principles, strategies, and operational practices. (UNGC/Pacific Institute/WWF/German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, 2010)
|Water for Business: Initiatives Guiding Sustainable Water Management in the Private Sector
World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Market: Global, Year: 2010
This guide is jointly developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and identifies 16 initiatives or tools, driven by business leaders, civil society and governments, which have emerged since 2006. (updated March 2010)
|Water, Energy and Climate Change
Market: Global, Year: 2009
The report, Water, Energy and Climate Change: A contribution from the business community, says water, energy and climate change are inextricably linked.
|Water Facts and Trends
World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Market: Global, Year: 2009
This working document provides an overview of some basic facts and societal challenges related to water. It has been developed by the WBCSD secretariat and is intended to support the ongoing dialogue within the WBCSD membership and with other stakeholders in civil society and government.
|Business in the world of water
Market: Global, Year: 2006
Everyone understands that water is essential to life. With population growth and economic development driving accelerating demand for everything, the full value of water is becoming increasingly apparent to all. Businesses cannot afford to ignore this trend. For some it means new economic opportunities in making water available to meet demand or in finding solutions to improve water quality and water use efficiency. For others, it means closer scrutiny of how they, their supply chains, and their markets access and use water, and f how new business risks emerge as they compete with other users. In any case, it is time for businesses of all sectors and sizes to add water to their strategic thinking. businesses_in_the_world_of_water.pdf}1
This is an animation showing the adverse impacts of drinking bottled water. It not only shows many surprising pictures, it also reveals many astonish facts: 1) Bottled water is 1900 times the price of tap water; 2) Among the 28,000,000,000 water bottles, 86% of them end up as garbage, that means 1500 of them end up as garbage every SECOND; 3) Although bottled water is convenient, it releases chemical that will lead to breast and other types of cancer, etc. A fraction of the price for bottled water can make EVERYONE on the planet have safe drinking water and proper sanitation. water-disaster.pps}1