Corporate Sustainability: Corporate Sustainability Monthly Program Updates

Below is a list of meetings and events Corporate Sustainability staff participated in. 

September 2014

UPDATE FROM STOCKHOLM WATER WEEK 2014 
The CEO Water Mandate, represented by Pacific Institute staff, Jason Morrison, Peter Schulte, Mai-Lan Ha, and Stefanie Woodward, held a series of successful events during Stockholm World Water Week 2014. The meetings covered a number of topics including:

  • The business case for action on sanitation
  • How companies can support achievement of WASH-related targets in a Post-2015 world
  • Delineating good practice in corporate respect of the human rights to water and sanitation
  • Exploring sufficiency in water stewardship collective action
  • Updates to the Mandate’s Water Action Hub
  • Defining good practice in corporate water disclosure
  • Improving the Impacts and Effectiveness of Corporate Water Stewardship Initiatives
  • Corporate Water Stewardship: Leveraging Collective Action in the Agricultural Supply Chain

The meetings also saw the soft launch of a few Mandate products and the official release of a  white paper, Exploring the Business Case for Corporate Action on Sanitation, and an initial draft of the Mandate’s Guidance on Bringing a Human Rights Lens to Corporate Water Stewardship.

June 2014

PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH ON IMPROVING THE IMPACT OF WATER STEWARDSHIP INITIATIVES IN AFRICA
On June 30 in Pretoria, South Africa, the CEO Water Mandate Secretariat co-hosted a multi-stakeholder workshop entitled “Building the Impact and Integrity of Water Stewardship Initiatives.” Comprised of South African practitioners representing public institutions, communities, civil society, the private sector, and others who have been involved in the development and management of water stewardship initiatives (WSIs), the daylong meeting had several overarching objectives:

–  Garner feedback on the project team’s initial draft of a WSI integrity management framework.
–  Solicit input on prospective mitigation measures to assure integrity of WSIs.
–  Explore the relative usefulness (and possible omissions) regarding the suite of integrity management support tools for WSI practitioners.

The validation workshop focused on sharing the outcomes of country assessments conducted in Tanzania, South Africa, and Peru, with a particular focus on understanding what proactive measures might be taken toward ensuring WSIs have a long-term positive impact. The workshop included presentations by the project team co-leads, Janek Hermann-Friede of Water Integrity Network and Jason Morrison of the Pacific Institute, as well as interactive discussions that allowed participants to provide feedback on how to improve the utility of the integrity framework and supporting tools.

SUMMARY POSTED FROM WATER-RELATED COLLECTION ACTION IN CALIFORNIA AND THE COLORADO RIVER BASIN MEETING
Following on the late-May CEO Water Mandate event “Working Together to Address Acute Water Challenges: Water-Related Collective Action in California and the Colorado River Basin,” a summary of the day’s deliberations along with speakers’ presentations have been posted on the Mandate website. Section 6 of the meeting summary captures the primary areas of alignment and potential topics for water stewardship collective action in the region going forward. The Mandate Secretariat will now facilitate scoping discussions to gauge the viability of collective action around one or more of the three of the major areas of alignment that emerged from the event: Sustainable Agriculture Initiatives, Cooperation between Utilities and Industrial Users, and Technology Solutions and Analytical Tools. If you or your organization is interested in learning more about these emerging collective action opportunities in California and the Colorado River Basin, please contact Stefanie Woodward at swoodward@pacinst.org.

INTEGRITY IN WATER STEWARDSHIP INITIATIVES
On June 25 in Nairobi, Kenya, Pacific Institute Corporate Sustainability Program Director Jason Morrison joined Integrity in Water Stewardship Initiatives project team co-lead Janek Hermann-Friede of Water Integrity Network to present the project team’s work at a GIZ-hosted strategic workshop focusing on the donor agency’s International Water Stewardship Programme.

CEO WATER MANDATE IN UGANDA
On June 27 in Kampala, Uganda the Pacific Institute’s Jason Morrison represented the CEO Water Mandate Secretariat at a meeting organized by the UN Global Compact Uganda Local Network, focusing on corporate water stewardship collective action in the country. Attended by over 20 Uganda Local Network members and key stakeholders, the half-day meeting constituted the launch of a country chapter of the CEO Water Mandate.

May 2014

CEO WATER MANDATE CATALYZES COLLECTIVE ACTION IN CALIFORNIA AND THE COLORADO RIVER BASIN
The CEO Water Mandate co-hosted a workshop with Deloitte entitled “Working Together to Address Acute Water Challenges: Water-Related Collective Action in California and the Colorado River Basin”. The multi-stakeholder event was attended by a range of interests from the region, including representatives from municipal water districts, private industry, and local and national NGOs. The action-oriented event offered participants the opportunity to explore cross-sectoral collaboration opportunities that address shared water challenges.

Some key conclusions from the day’s discussions included the widely held view that collective action initiatives could help address both immediate drought-related water challenges, and also longer-term issues like climate change, groundwater depletion, and water pricing. The Water Action Hub was identified by numerous participants as a potentially powerful tool for mobilizing collective action by enabling participants to share good practice, upscale solutions, and connect across sectors. The workshop produced actionable ideas for collaboration around three primary themes: Sustainable Agriculture Initiatives, Cooperation Between Utilities and Industrial Users, and Technology Solutions and Analytical Tools.

Read a blog post summarizing the event by attendee and Environmental Defense Fund’s Emily Reyna here