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Water Stewardship

Water stewardship remains a critical concept for companies and investors to embrace and implement, but one that is at a crossroads.

To improve effectiveness, we must now journey down the road at greater speed and scale than ever before with the early adopters helping to mobilize the majority. To make that happen, we believe that forging a new narrative - from risk to value creation - will be key.

The Opportunity

While much has changed since 2013, much remains the same. Water stewardship, as a concept, remains as critical as ever. The drivers have grown from corporate water risk and been mainstreamed into economic water risk, value and purpose.

We must build upon the successes that have been seen around starting the journey for small and medium sized enterprises, embedding the concept in sustainability standards, building the idea into sectoral initiatives, growing levels of water disclosure and improving collaboration. 

To forge a new pathway, we need those companies already engaged in water stewardship to help drive a new narrative in the water stewardship space - one that is focused around notions of value, opportunity, collaboration, context, innovation and resilience.
 

There are opportunities for leading companies to:

» Ensure operations, peers and suppliers match risk to basin need

» Harness opportunities to mobilize climate resilience funds

» Build from basin context to meaningful response

» Unlock the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)

» Broaden the narrative to engage the next wave with purpose

» Bridge the collective action chasm

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Contextual & Science Based Targets for Water

Contextual & Science Based Targets for Water
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