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CEO Water mandate

The CEO Water Mandate is a unique public-private initiative launched by the UN Secretary-General in 2007, designed to assist companies in the development, implementation and disclosure of water sustainability policies and practices. As of August 2013, the CEO Water Mandate has been endorsed by roughly 100 companies, spanning numerous geographies and industries.

Why should business think about water?
Water poses one of the greatest sustainability challenges of the 21st Century. Water scarcity and pollution threaten our ability to grow vibrant and stable economies, meet basic human needs, and protect healthy ecosystems (and the services they provide), while also posing severe human health problems. Businesses around the world face water-related risks due to water supply shortages, pollution, inadequate infrastructure, weak governance and a variety of related challenges.

Benefits of effective corporate water stewardship:
Water poses one of the greatest sustainability challenges of the 21st Century. Water scarcity and pollution threaten our ability to grow vibrant and stable economies, meet basic human needs, and protect healthy ecosystems (and the services they provide), while also posing severe human health problems. Businesses around the world face water-related risks due to water supply shortages, pollution, inadequate infrastructure, weak governance and a variety of related challenges.

Help ensure legal and social license to operate in water-stressed regions
Prevent or mitigate operational crises resulting from inadequate water availability or poor water resource management
Gain competitive advantage
Assure investors and markets that business operations will continue to be viable
Uphold corporate values and ethics
How can companies endorse the CEO Water Mandate?
The CEO Water Mandate seeks to build an international movement of committed companies, both leaders and learners, interested in addressing the global water crisis. In this spirit, the initiative is open to companies of all sizes and industry sectors and from all parts of the world.

Participation in the CEO Water Mandate is restricted to existing business members of the UN Global Compact. However, companies that are not currently signatories of the UN Global Compact may endorse the CEO Water Mandate provided they join the UN
Global Compact within six months of endorsing the Mandate. Endorsing companies are required to report annually on their implementation progress, per the Transparency Policy.

How can companies endorse the CEO Water Mandate?
Six Core Elements of The CEO Water Mandate

Direct Operations
Mandate endorsers measure and reduce their water use and wastewater discharge and develop strategies for eliminating their impacts on communities and ecosystems.

Supply Chain and Watershed Management
Mandate endorsers seek avenues through which to encourage improved water management among their suppliers and public water managers alike.

Collective Action
Mandate endorsers look to participate in collective efforts with civil society, intergovernmental organizations, affected communities and other businesses to advance water sustainability.

Public Policy
Mandate endorsers seek ways to facilitate the development and implementation of sustainable, equitable, and coherent water policy and regulatory frameworks.

Community Engagement
Mandate endorsers seek ways to improve community water efficiency, protect watersheds and increase access to water services as a way of promoting sustainable water management and reducing risks.

Transparency
Mandate endorsers are committed to transparency and disclosure in order to hold themselves accountable and meet the expectations of their stakeholders.

A company wishing to join the initiative should indicate their endorsement of the CEO Water Mandate and its six elements by submitting a letter, signed by the Chief Executive Officer, to: CEO Water Mandate
CEO Water Mandate

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