“Last month in New York, I attended the CEO Water Mandate conference on corporate water stewardship, which was part of the UN Global Compact Leaders’ Summit that brought together leaders from business, government, nonprofit organizations, and other stakeholders. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how to harness the power of the private sector to advance solutions to address global priorities such as water, jobs, education, food, and women’s empowerment on a massive scale.
Water is used to make all products on Earth, so all businesses rely on water in some way to produce the goods we depend on, such as food, beverages, electronics, clothing, and medicine, to name a few. Water is also used to provide essential services, such as electricity, waste disposal, and more. Water is becoming increasingly stressed due to rapid population growth, urbanization, changes in climate, pollution, and increasing demand such as for agriculture production. As a result, the spotlight is more and more focused on business, one of the world’s most significant users of water, to help solve water challenges. The good news is a growing number of businesses are making the link between water security and their long-term viability and profitability, and are stepping up to be a part of the solution.“