CEO Water

8 - 10 April 2014

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Join us to explore topics related to corporate water stewardship and to help shape the Mandate’s upcoming projects and activities. Topics will include:

Please find more information about the event in the agendas provided:

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In addition to our formal agenda above, we will be hosting three supplemental working sessions. (Para Espanol)

Lunch April 9th
How do you know when your water stewardship strategies are having an impact? This informal lunch discussion session will explore this question by examining the concept of sufficiency. Because water is increasingly considered a significant strategic concern for many businesses, they are seeking to assess their water performance, impacts, and risks, and develop strategic responses that meaningfully address and mitigate those risks. However, most, if not all, companies have limited understanding of how to assess whether those response strategies are truly impactful and drive the risk mitigation results they intend. They can measure whether, for example, they reduce operational water us e or effluent discharges, but often do not have a grasp if that action is sufficient to reduce risk to the business and/or improve regional water security or water sustainability of the catchment in question. As such, companies may benefit from insights, methodologies, and tools that can help them gauge the efficacy of their water stewardship strategies, and whether their water security has improved via their efforts to advance sustainable water management in the locale of interest.

Lunch April 10th - Working Session on Business and the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation (HRWS)
This working session will be focused on discussion and input into the development of a framework that translates adverse impacts as perceived by communities into language that describes how those impacts are defined within the HRWS. The Shift and CEO Water Mandate/Pacific Institute teams are also looking for feedback on how defining impacts in this way relates to technical water and human rights terms, respectively. This framework will be a core component of the Guidance on Aligning Business Practice with the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation, as it outlines the different ways in which businesses may have an impact on water-related human rights. The working session will involve a presentation by the project team followed by targeted feedback and discussion involving all interested participants.

On the morning of April 10th
The Mandate Secretariat will convene a morning session from 8:00 to 8:50AM focused on exploring emerging practice and key barriers for supply chain management of water issues. As outlined in its Two-Year Strategic Plan for 2014-2015, the Mandate is seeking to better understand and facilitate good practice regarding corporate water stewardship efforts in the supply chain, in both sustainable agriculture and manufacturing. This session will provide an opportunity for:

  1. The Mandate to share some of its initial findings on this topic (based on an online survey it is conducting now:
  2. Companies (i.e., Nike, Nestlé, and AB InBev) to share their insights and perspectives on good practice and what is needed moving forward.
  3. An open-ended conversation among a broader group of Mandate endorsers and key stakeholders to further explore this critical issue.

For more information, contact Mai-Lan Ha at
For questions related to logistics please contact Terry Asbury at