New Issue Brief Explores a Business Framework for Water and COVID-19

July 16, 2020, Oakland, California – A new Issue Brief from the Pacific Institute explores the role of the business community in combatting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, rebuilding the economy, and reducing the risk of future shocks through action on water.

Water and the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Business Framework for Water and COVID-19: Practical Actions to Contain the Pandemic provides a practical framework of actions companies can take to advance COVID-19 response efforts in their operations, supply chains, and the communities where workers live.

“This is an important moment,” says co-author Peter Schulte of the Pacific Institute. “If businesses fail to act, workers may be exposed to the virus at the workplace, affecting business productivity as well as public health more generally. While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to the water- and handwashing-related elements of COVID-19, there are some core actions we think businesses should consider.”

The Issue Brief outlines these core actions, as well as next steps for businesses to take towards water resilience when the virus has been contained in their operations and supply chains.

This Issue Brief was produced by the Pacific Institute in its role as Co-Secretariat of the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, with the contribution and expertise of global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) NGO WaterAid.

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