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Organizations Involved WWF
Language English
Industry Sectors: Aerospace and Defense
Agribusiness
Apparel
Automotive
Chemical, Process, and Industrial Products
Consumer Products and Food and Beverage
Consumer Products and Household
Distribution Services
Financial Services
Health Care
Media and Entertainment
Mining
Oil and Gas
Other
Pharmaceutical and Life sciences
Power and Utilities
Professional Services and Consulting
Retail
Technology
Telecommunications
Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure
Resource SDGs:
Includes Sustainable Development Goals from the resource and its locations.
Stakeholder Participation (SDG 6.b)
Water Quality (SDG 6.3)
Increase Access to Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (SDG 6.1 & 6.2)
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)
Resource Topics:
Includes topics from the resource and its locations.
Industrial Wastewater
Water Recycling and Reuse
Replenishment
Resource URL https://www.worldwildlife.org/publications/water-balance-targets
Year 2016

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Lillian Holmes

Water Action Hub Staff
Pacific Institute

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Resource Overview

Companies are increasingly setting and pursing ‘water balance targets’ as part of their water stewardship strategies. The seeming simplicity of balance goals can be attractive – “we will restore a volume of water equal to the amount our business consumes.” However, the implementation is anything but simple, requiring the development of new quantification methodologies, corporate system guidelines and parameters, and verification and reporting processes. This paper explores the history, challenges and opportunities of water balance targets, and how important it is for such goals to be grounded in the realities of each unique watershed.

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