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Water Mismanagement Threatens Profit And Investment Appeal

Date: 14 August 2013

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7 pages

Executive Summary

As firms take their water management strategies beyond compliance, they run into a minefield of obstacles. And the lessons learnt from the carbon debate don’t offer a solution. Verdantix and the CDP co-hosted a breakfast event of industry thought leaders to identify today’s challenges, and potential solutions, for water management. Firms face different risks, depending on their industry sector, location and geopolitical factors, but the overarching challenge is operational continuity in the face of water scarcity. Some risks present minimal management issues to firms, but there are a number of risks that present a greater threat to the bottom line and are harder to quantify. Firms need comprehensive risk management to ensure business continuity and value creation.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

RISK MANAGEMENT IS THE LAUNCH PAD FOR WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGY


Many Water Risks Are Mature And Well Managed
Complications In Water Management Make Risk Mitigation Challenging


THE VALUE DISCUSSION AROUND WATER SHOULD GO BEYOND RISK MANAGEMENT


Disclosure Supports Both Risk Management And Value Creation Discussions
Managers Need To Broaden The Scope Of The Water Value Discussion

ORGANIZATIONS MENTIONED

Anadarko, Anglo American, Asian Bamboo, BASF, BP, CDP, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Colgate Palmolive, Deloitte, Exelon, F&C Investments, FEMSA, Freeport-McMoRan, General Motors, H&M, HSBC, Iberdrola, Inter-American Development Bank, L’Oreal, Mekorot, Merck & Company, NamWater, Nokia, OECD, Paladin Energy, Rio Tinto, SABMiller, Sainsbury’s, Sasol Limited, The Carbon Trust, The Nature Conservancy, UN, UPS, Volkswagen, Waterscan, World Resources Institute, WWF