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Studying Corporate Engagement on Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)

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Partners: CEO Water Mandate
Diageo
Gap Inc.
Nestlé
Pacific Institute
Water Witness International
WaterAid
WBCSD
Countries: Bangladesh, China, Ghana, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam
Regions: Ganges - Brahmaputra, Huang He (Yellow River), Rufiji, Volta
Project SDGs:
Includes Sustainable Development Goals from the project and its locations.
Increase Access to Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (SDG 6.1 & 6.2)
Water Quality (SDG 6.3)
Water Use Efficiency (SDG 6.4)
Integrated Water Resource Management (SDG 6.5)
Protect and Restore Ecosystems (SDG 6.6)
International Cooperation and Capacity Building (SDG 6.a)
Stakeholder Participation (SDG 6.b)
Sustainable Production (SDG 12.4)
Project Tags:
Includes tags from the project and its locations.
Sanitation
Hygiene
Safe, Affordable Water
Women & Water
Leaving No One Behind
Industrial Wastewater
Services Needed: No services needed/offered
Benefits Provided: Water Quality: Ambient water quality – includes surface water, groundwater, estuary, and ocean water;
Water Quality: Drinking water quality
Risk and Uncertainty: Water supply reliability
People and Community: Local economy (including job creation and land value)
People and Community: Community resilience (including access to basic needs, social networks, healthy food)
People and Community: Health and safety - mental and physical health
People and Community: Educational opportunity
People and Community: Affordability (including energy, drinking water, and wastewater)
Desired Partner: Business
Language: English
Start & End Dates: Jan. 2017  »  Dec. 2017
Project Website: wash4work.org/tools-resources/corporate-engagement-on-water-...
Project Source: User
Profile Completion: 72%

Project Overview

It is estimated that one in five people are employed in global supply chains. Corporations have the potential to play an influential role in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6, “ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” Supply-chain-focused actions can reach those most at risk from lack of access to water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). But water stewardship initiatives often focus on physical and regulatory water ri...

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It is estimated that one in five people are employed in global supply chains. Corporations have the potential to play an influential role in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6, “ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” Supply-chain-focused actions can reach those most at risk from lack of access to water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). But water stewardship initiatives often focus on physical and regulatory water risk, rather than addressing the quantity and quality of water resources available at the site and basin scale.

WaterAid, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate collaborated on this project to research opportunities for supply-chain WASH engagement. Past WASH stewardship often focused on providing WASH services in core company operations or to local communities through NGO partnerships. This study sought to advance the vanguard of water stewardship by exploring WASH actions driven by supply chains. The partners jointly commissioned Water Witness International to conduct research to guide water stewardship. The project had two primary objectives:

1) Build knowledge for corporate action on WASH in supply chains, develop compelling case studies to illustrate the business case, and identify opportunities to improve impact.

2) Make recommendations on impactful integration of WASH into voluntary standards, and identify standards systems to support and document SDG6 actions. This report provided a high-level summary of the research.

Project Results

The project advanced corporate WASH stewardship by exploring opportunities for WASH advocacy within supply chains. The study concluded that socio-economic water risks can only be mitigated by universal and sustainable access to water-related services. SDG6 explicitly links WASH to water resource management, further emphasizing that companies must consider water holistically to address shared water challenges. This project published key recommendations for the commission...

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The project advanced corporate WASH stewardship by exploring opportunities for WASH advocacy within supply chains. The study concluded that socio-economic water risks can only be mitigated by universal and sustainable access to water-related services. SDG6 explicitly links WASH to water resource management, further emphasizing that companies must consider water holistically to address shared water challenges. This project published key recommendations for the commissioning partners and the policy community. The project team published compelling case studies of Diageo, Nestle, and Gap, Inc., detailing the actions of these companies to support WASH in their supply chains.

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Partner dependency causes the outcome of a partnership to rest on a single institution, threatening the long-term sustainability of the initiative. Programmes should be designed from a systemic perspective that includes multiple strategic partners. At a practical design level, the ...

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Partnerships and projects grow or change over time, often becoming more complex than the original partners anticipated. Therefore partners should maintain flexibility for the project to change or expand during the execution of the partnership. Governance agreements should allow for ...

The long-term vision of a partnership may get forgotten in the day-to-day delivery of individual projects. To deliver lasting impact on the ground, focus on the partnership’s overarching goals and ensure that each activity (whether it is a baseline study ...

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Many stakeholders will need education on water resources management and stewardship, especially those not exposed to such concepts before. This training and awareness-raising helps stakeholders engage with water sustainability to enact long-term, comprehensive solutions.

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