Guide to Water-Related Collective Action and Water Action Hub

Published: August 29, 2012
Authors: Jason Morrison, Peter Schulte, Rob Greenwood, Rob Willis, Morgan Hoenig, Guy Pegram, Hannah Baleta, Robin Farrington
Pages: 62

The global Water Action Hub from the UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate is the world’s first on-line platform to unite companies, governments, NGOs, and other stakeholders on a range of critical water projects in specific river basins around the planet. With the launch of the Water Action Hub is the release of a beta version of the CEO Water Mandate’s publication Guide to Water-Related Collective Action, which provides a step-by-step approach to water-resource-related collective action.

Given the scale of water challenges, there is a need for organized and readily accessible information to help businesses understand their options for collective action on water issues, particularly whom they can work with in a particular region of interest. The Water Action Hub is designed to help companies and other organizations more effectively understand which stakeholders are active in particular river basins and any relevant water-related initiatives these stakeholders are undertaking. The core of the Hub online tool is a map-based data management system that facilitates match-making by allowing users to identify potential collective action opportunities via river basins, organizations, projects, and collaboration action areas.

With the Water Action Hub to help companies identify potential collaborators to improve water management in regions of critical strategic interest, and the Guide to Water-Related Collective Action to help them effectively develop a collective action engagement, the CEO Water Mandate is helping companies move into strategic partnerships that safeguard water resources, while delivering value to economies, business, and the community. While the Water Action Hub provides a platform for local project implementation, the companion beta version of the Guide to Water-Related Collective Action lays out how effective collective action in sustainable water management is both the key to approaching shared risk successfully and addressing a substantial point of vulnerability for many companies.

The CEO Water Mandate and Pacific Institute, as part of the CEO Water Mandate Secretariat, produced this Guide because collective action done right leads to a strong sense of shared interests, shared responsibility, and shared benefits. The collective action process emphasizes joint, proactive engagement that leads to better and stronger outcomes than available through unilateral action.

Download the Guide to Water-Related Collective Action.
Go to the Water Action Hub.
Download the press release.

Go to UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate site.

The Water Action Hub was developed by the CEO Water Mandate in partnership with the International Business Leaders Forum; Deloitte*; GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; and the Pacific Institute.

*As used here, “Deloitte” means Deloitte Consulting LLP, a subsidiary of Deloitte LLP.  Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries

The Guide to Water-Related Collective Action was developed by the CEO Water Mandate in partnership with Ross Strategic; Pegasys Strategy and Development; the Pacific Institute; and the Water Futures Partnership.