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CEO Water Mandate

18 November 2010

This week, I've been at the United Nations CEO Water Mandate's South African conference.

WWF, with whom SABMiller formed the Water Futures Partnership, were also there and they've written a very interesting reflection on it. The full article is on their website but I  thought I'd share some of it with you here:

Around the world, freshwater supplies are under siege. Polluted, wasted and altered by climate change, the resource that supports life on Earth is in trouble. For WWF, protecting freshwater ecosystems is part of our mission to create harmony between people and nature. For businesses, dabbling in freshwater conservation has largely been a philanthropic endeavor. But that has changed in recent years, as companies have awakened to a simple fact: There is no business without water.

The CEO Water Mandate was created to help companies take action to protect their interests by protecting freshwater. "No one wants to be associated with dead fish in a dry river," says Stuart Orr, WWF International Freshwater Manager. "WWF can help companies address water issues from an environmental perspective, and the CEO Water Mandate can help them take it further by advocating for long-term policy solutions that benefit business, communities and nature."

A focal point of the group's sixth working conference in Cape Town, South Africa, was the launch of the "Guide to Responsible Business Engagement with Water Policy." Orr, co-author of the guide, says it's a framework to turn risk into opportunity. "Innovative partnerships at the local level are yielding important changes. Instead of guarding these successes like trade secrets, companies in the CEO Water Mandate are sharing lessons for the greater good."

Read the full article

  • Andy Cornell on 8 September 2011 at 19:33:28

    Mr. Wales,

    My company manufactures industrial wastewater treatment equipment assisting Coors, Boston Brewery, E&J Gallo, Coca Cola, and many others with their production wastewater treatment needs. We also manufacture rainwater and greywater harvesting equipment skids to supplement your non-potable water demands (flushing fixtures, cooling towers, irrigation). Please let me know if you would be interested in hearing more, it sounds like your water goals are aligned with our engineering/manufacturing abilities. Thank you for your consideration.

    Best regards,
    Andy Cornell

    Reply from Andy Wales, SVP Sustainable Development
    on 9 September 2011 at 16:57:00

    Thank you very much for getting in touch. We'll pass on your details to our colleagues in the technical team and ensure someone responds.

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