Infrastructure Resources

The sector encompassing the basic physical systems of a business or nation; transportation, communication, sewage, water and electric systems are all examples of infrastructure.
92 Results

Place-based Sustainability

66 Resources

A place-based collection of curated sustainability resources that show the connection between sustainability and real estate.


Business Case Resources

26 Resources

Resources that will help you make the case for why your organization should get behind a particular initiative.


Financing

4 resources


Tata Steel: The Business Case for Product Sustainability

thinkstep

The Business Case for Product Sustainability. Through LCA Tata Steel is able to understand the impacts and benefits across the life cycle.

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Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment of Products

UNEP

These Guidelines present the Social and socio-economic Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA), a powerful technique to assess and report about these impacts and benefits of product... Read More

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The Impact Economy: The Insider's Guide to Finding Meaningful Work and Attracting Top Talent

MaRS

The Impact Economy: The Insider's Guide to Finding Meaningful Work and Attracting Top Talent explores the barriers that make it difficult for talented people to identify... Read More

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Supporting your CEO and their Decision-Making around Sustainability

Embedding Project

This report comprehensively covers research conducted by Dr. Stephanie Bertels, Jess Schulschenk,  Andrea Ferry, Vanessa Otto-Mentz, and Esther Speck. It enables the... Read More

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The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability

Ceres

The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability is a resource to help companies re-engineer themselves for success in a world beset with unprecedented environmental and social... Read More

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The Business Case for Water Stewardship

CEO Water Mandate

Learn why Water Stewardship is important for BusinessThis resource offers a 60 second video on water stewardship, and in addition provides a summary of:- the worsening... Read More

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Breede Catchment Water Stewardship Programme – Summary Report (2016)

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Learn about successes and key lessons learnt during 2015 and 2016 from the water-related projects in the upper Breede catchment in the Western Cape of South AfricaThis 50... Read More

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CEO Guide to the Sustainable Development Goals

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Sets out clear actions that CEOs can take to begin to align their organizations with the SDGsThe World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has launched the... Read More

Corporate Water Accounting – An Analysis of Methods and Tools for Measuring Water Use and its Impacts (2010)

CEO Water Mandate

Learn about different early methods for accounting for water-related performance, risks, and impacts.

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Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines (2014)

CEO Water Mandate

Determine what water-related topics are relevant to your businessCommunicate and report water risks, impacts, and practices to key stakeholders

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From Footprint to Public Policy – The Business Future for Addressing Water Issues (2009)

CEO Water Mandate

Understand basis for corporate action to advance sustainable water management “beyond the fenceline”.This paper illustrates an emerging “roadmap” of water risk... Read More

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The Global Opportunity Explorer

Sustainia, DNV GL, and the UN Global Compact

The Global Opportunity Explorer is a platform which offers direct access to the most innovative solutions and market opportunities.Rooted in over five years of research... Read More

Guidance for Companies on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation (2015)

CEO Water Mandate

This new guidance tool from the CEO Water Mandate and Shift (https://www.shiftproject.org/) helps companies (particularly heavy water users) translate their responsibility... Read More

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WULCA Life Cycle Assessment tool for Water (2009)

International Standards Organization (ISO): ISO 14040/ ISO 14044, Water footprint: ISO 14046

Primary Functions:Make cross-media environmental assessments that consider water consumption and pollution in comparison with other environmental impactsImplement mature... Read More

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Water as a Casualty of Conflict: Threats to Business and Society in High-Risk Areas (2013)

CEO Water Mandate

Primary Functions:Understand the nature of water challenges in conflict and high-risk areasGain insight into how these challenges affect business and societyThis report... Read More

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Water Footprint Assessment (2012)

Water Footprint Network

Primary Functions:Inform “big picture” strategic planningIdentify at what stage within the value chain the water footprint is in a hotspotBuild awareness among public

United Nations Global Compact 2018 Toolbox

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

Explore the UNGC's extensive 2018 Toolbox to see how our new tools, resources and activities can help you achieve your sustainability goals and find the right UN Global... Read More

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C-ROADS Climate Change Policy Simulator

Climate Interactive

C-ROADS is a free, award-winning computer simulator that helps people understand the long-term climate impacts of actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. You can use... Read More

The Business Benefits of Sustainability

Everblu

Businesses around the world are realizing that harmonizing business practices with environmental stewardship is not only the right thing it to do, it is also good business.

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Business Case Calculator for Energy & Water Efficiency Improvements

Road Map Business Case Template

Excel template for business case

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The Ultimate Pitch Deck to Raise Money for Startups

Forbes

Article about building a pitch deck, plus downloadable template.

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Sustainability Advantage Ultbook

Sustainability Advantage

Ultbook is a an comprehensive, fill-in-the-blanks Excel workbook, with just-in-time guidance for values to plug in. It provides a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis... Read More

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The Water Risk Filter

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Water, or the lack of it, can directly affect companies’ profitability and, in turn, investor confidence. In the worst cases, poor water management can force closure or... Read More

Future-Fit Business Benchmark, Part 1: Concepts, Principles and Goals Release 1

Future-Fit Foundation

This document describes the Future-Fit Goals that all companies must strive to reach. It also explains why these goals are required, how they were derived, and how to get... Read More

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Thirsty business: Why water is vital to climate action 2016 Annual Report of Corporate Water Disclosure

CDP

By 2030 global demand for water will exceed supply by 40%. What does this mean for business and climate action? Find out more in CDP’s Thirsty business report.Now in its... Read More

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International Water Stewardship Standard & Guidance (2014)

Alliance for Water Stewardship

Primary Functions:Commit to, understand, plan, implement, evaluate, and communicate water stewardship actions at facility-levelThe AWS International Water Stewardship... Read More

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IWRM Data Portal (2015)

UNEP-DHI Partnership

Primary Functions:Examine the progress of IWRM implementation within the individual countries and track the global progress towards better management of  water... Read More

Local Water Tool (2012)

Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI)

Primary Functions:Quantify water-related impacts caused by facilityQuantify facility’s exposure to water-related riskIdentify helpful management responseGEMI Local Water... Read More

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Natural Infrastructure for Business Platform (2015)

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Primary Functions:Make the business case for investing in natural infrastructure, including healthy river basins and wetlandsThe Natural Infrastructure for Business... Read More

Post-2015 Agenda and Related Sustainable Development Goals Issue Focus: Water & Sanitation and the Role of Business (2014)

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

Primary Functions:Gain insight into the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the role of business in advancing core policy goals related to water and sanitationThis issue brief... Read More

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WASH in the Workplace Self-Assessment Tool (2014) - DOWNLOAD (.XLSX)

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Primary Functions:Assess the current status of access to safe WASH at the workplace in a given facilitySupport decision-making regarding investments and priority actionsThe... Read More

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Water Sustainability Tool

Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI)

Making the business case for pursuing a water strategy often involves comparing the benefits and costs of taking action. The lists below summarizes several major areas of... Read More

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Climate Change Knowledge Portal (CCKP) Beta

The World Bank

This tool is a hub of information, data and reports about climate change around the world. 

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The Business Case for True Pricing

True Price, Deloitte, EY, PWC

True pricing is a new business methodology that makes it possible to better measure and manage these externalities. Ultimately, it allows companies to restore trust and... Read More

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How to Become a B Corp

B Corporation

Tools and steps for becoming a B Corporation.

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Social innovation: what it is, why it matters & how it can be accelerated

Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship

This report is about how we can improve societies' capacities to solve their problems. It is about old and new methods for mobilizing the ubiquitous intelligence that... Read More

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CDSB Climate Change Reporting Framework

Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB)

Created in line with the objectives of financial reporting and rules on non-financial reporting, the Climate Change Reporting Framework seeks to filter out what is required... Read More

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Bringing a Human Rights Lens to Corporate Water Stewardship (2012)

CEO Water Mandate

Understand international and legal trends related to the human rights to water and sanitationIdentify potential synergies between respecting human rights and existing water... Read More

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Driving Harmonization of Water-Related Terminology (2014)

CEO Water Mandate

What Do “Water Scarcity”, “Water Stress”, and “Water Risk” Actually Mean?Understand the terms “water scarcity”, “water stress”, “water risk”, and how they relate to one... Read More

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Exploring the Case for Corporate Context-Based Water Targets (2017)

CEO Water Mandate

Makes the case to develop guidance for companies seeking to employ meaningful water metrics and targetsThis discussion paper documents the initial thinking of CDP, UN... Read More

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Global Water Tool by WBCSD

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

The WBCSD Global Water Tool (GWT) is a free online module that helps companies compare their water use, wastewater discharge, and facility information with validated... Read More

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Guide to Responsible Business Engagement with Water Policy (2011)

CEO Water Mandate, WWF, Water Witness International, Pegasys

Primary Functions:Understand how poor water governance can undermine your businessLearn about the five core principles of responsible engagementDetermine how your company... Read More

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Guide to Water-Related Collective Action (2012)

CEO Water Mandate, Ross Strategic, Pegasys, Water Futures Partnership

Primary Functions:Understand the various types of engagement and collective action modelsDetermine when collective action is helpful and necessaryLearn how to prepare for... Read More

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Private sector and water supply, sanitation and hygiene (2015)

Overseas Development Institute

Primary Functions:Learn how your company can engage in support of universal access to and use of WASHIdentify actionable to encourage catalytic forms of engagement between... Read More

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Water Impact Index – WIIX (2012)

Veolia Water, Growing Blue

Primary Functions:Quantify the impact of companies’ water use and wastewater discharge on local water resources in terms of quality, quantity, and scarcity/stress.Given the... Read More

Water Scarcity Solutions (2015)

2030 Water Resources Group

Primary Functions:Learn about existing water risk solutions to inform your own approachesIn collaboration with Arup, WRG has developed a new web tool that compiles and... Read More

Helping Boards Face Climate Change

Ceres

Corporate secretaries and boards need to work together to ensure companies address climate change and other risks effectively. 

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Carbon Productivity Tool

The Carbon Productivity Consortium

The Carbon Productivity Tool is a prototype designed to help businesses identify how to measure carbon productivity, improve their performance by generating more value from... Read More

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GLEC Framework for Logistics Emissions

Global Logistics Emissions Council

Many shippers have difficulty quantifying the climate impact of the transportation & logistics emissions in their supply chain - leaving important info out of the... Read More

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Commercial Climate Calculator

Cal Recycle

The Commercial Climate Calculator (Excel, 584 KB), (sometimes known as the C3) helps businesses assess the financial, climate, and environmental benefits of reducing waste... Read More

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The Business Case for Supply Chain Sustainability

BSR

Supply chain sustainability is increasingly recognized as a key generator of business value and an important element of strong corporate responsibility performance.

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LEED Dynamic Plaque

U.S. Green Building Council

A building performance monitoring and scoring platform. It measures building performance across five categories: energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience,... Read More

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Massachusetts Clean Water Tool Kit

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

A guide to the prevention and control of nonpoint source pollution in Massachusetts.

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The Social Blueprint Toolkit: Social Blueprint Business Design Framework

Impact Strategy Advisors

The SB Business Design Framework is a business tool for individuals and companies building, evaluating and/or redesigning a for-profit company, product, nonprofit... Read More

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Sustainability and Leadership Competencies for Business Leaders

BSR

It has become a truism among sustainability advocates that commitment needs to start at the top, or at the very least the CEO needs to 'buy in' for real change to have a... Read More

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Doing Biomimicry: Natural Principles

AutoDesk

Series of articles that provides an overview of biomimicry, and how it can be used in the design process.

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Marketing Communications

MaRS

Worksheet and guidebook for developing a marketing and communications strategy.

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Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas

World Resources Institute

Aqueduct's global water risk mapping tool helps companies, investors, governments, and other users understand where and how water risks and opportunities are emerging... Read More

Water Stewardship Toolbox

CEO Water Mandate

This Toolbox is a collection of guidance documents, discussion papers, online tools, and other resources that can help your company build its water stewardship practice. It... Read More

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Better Business, Better World: The Business Case for the Sustainable Development Goals (2017)

Business & Sustainable Development Commission

The Business and Sustainable Development Commission, launched in Davos in January 2016, aims to map the economic prize that could be available to business if the UN... Read More

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Supply Chain Water Guidance for Responding Companies 2016

CDP

This document should be read by anyone responding to CDP’s 2016 supply chain information request,regardless of whether you have responded to CDP before. It contains... Read More

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Exploring the Business Case for Corporate Action on Sanitation (2014)

CEO Water Mandate

Learn about the global sanitation crisis and how it undermines business viabilityDetermine steps your company can promote improved access to sanitation at the workplace and... Read More

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Blueprint For Corporate Sustainability Leadership

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

The Blueprint is a model for leadership within the Global Compact, designed to inspire advanced performers to reach the next level of sustainability performance. It... Read More

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Scaling Corporate Action on WASH in Supply Chains – White Paper (2016)

CEO Water Mandate, the WBCSD, and WaterAid

Primary Functions:Provides an overview of challenges and approaches that companies take to scaling action on WASH in their supply chainsLays out potential next steps for... Read More

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Shared Water Challenges and Interests: The Case for Private Sector Engagement in Water Policy and Management (2013)

CEO Water Mandate, WWF

Primary Functions:Learn more about the possible role of the private sector in advancing sustainable water management

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The Water Network (2015)

AquaSPE

Primary Functions:Connect and share knowledge with water professionals from 185 countriesThe Water Network is a neutral platform for multi-stakeholders to share content,... Read More

Understanding “Sufficiency” in Water-Related Collective Action (2014)

CEO Water Mandate, The Nature Conservancy, CDP

Primary Functions:Assess river basin “sufficiency” so as to understand how much and what type of collective action is neededMore information at website: ... Read More

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Water Efficiency Toolkit (2014)

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), AT&T, Global Environmental Management Institute (GEMI)

Primary Functions:Build your own program to reduce water and energy use in buildings—and save money in the processAssess your company’s water efficiency and create... Read More

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Water Stewardship in Colombia: How Cooperation Improves Water Governance of the Paramo de Santurban (2015)

Strategic Alliance for Water Stewardship (STA), International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP), GIZ

Primary Functions:Strengthen your collective action practice by learning about real-life examples of collaboration from Colombia

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Natural Capital Protocol Toolkit

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Natural Capital Coalition

The Natural Capital Protocol is a framework designed to help generate trusted, credible, and actionable information for business managers to inform decisions.The Protocol... Read More

Getting Started with IRIS

Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)

IRIS is an industry-recognized and curated catalog of metrics that provides a starting point for measuring your social and environmental results. 

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Scaling Social Impact

SSIR

Strategies for spreading social innovations.

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Social Entrepreneurship: Social Impact Metrics

MaRS

Report attempting to provide a clear understanding around the importance of establishing and reporting on appropriate social and financial metrics, to increase the amount... Read More

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Blended value accounting in social entrepreneurship

Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship

This paper presents an exploratory analysis of the emergent reporting practices used by social entrepreneurs in terms of their institutional settings and strategic... Read More

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Mind the Science

CDP

A report outlining what science says business needs to do to tackle climate change.  Report writing: Mark Nichollswww.wemeanbusinesscoalition.orgLead author and... Read More

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Ceres Aqua Gauge: A Framework for 21st Century Water Management

Ceres

Ceres Aqua Gauge is an online Excel-based tool that helps inform and strengthen companies’ water management strategies and allows investors to evaluate a company’s water... Read More

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Guide to Managing Integrity in Water Stewardship Initiatives (2015)

CEO Water Mandate and the Water Integrity Network (WIN)

Primary Functions:Understand and identify potential integrity risks to your water stewardship initiative (WSI)Determine how to structure WSIs so as to proactively prevent... Read More

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The Business Case for Natural Infrastructure

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Natural (or green) infrastructure is a planned or managed natural or semi natural system (such as mangroves or wetlands) that can help companies harness ecosystem services... Read More

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Pathways to Achieving Sustainable Development Goals Related to Water and Sanitation: An Experience from India (2015)

CEO Water Mandate, Hindustan Unilever Foundation

Primary Functions:Learn about collaborative efforts to advance water stewardship and achieve Sustainable Development Goal #6 from Hindustan Unilever Foundation’s portfolio... Read More

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SDG Compass (2015) by UNGC, GRI, WBCSD

UN Global Compact, Global Reporting Initiative, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Primary Functions:Learn how you can align your strategies as well as measure and manage your contribution to the realization of the SDGs.The SDG Compass provides guidance... Read More

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Serving the Public Interest: Corporate Water Stewardship and Sustainable Development (2015)

CEO Water Mandate, WWF, WaterAid

Primary Functions:Understand how your business can contribute to SDG Goal #6Identify risks associated with SDG engagementsIn 2000, when the UN agreed to the eight global... Read More

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The Business Case for Responsible Corporate Adaptation: Strengthening Private Sector and Community Resilience (2015)

CDP, ND-GAIN, OXFAM, Rainforest Alliance, UNEP, DTU Partnerships, UNEP, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNGC

Primary Functions:Learn how companies can adapt to climate change through a collection of case examples, including some related to waterHighlights the benefits for... Read More

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Water Action Hub (2013)

CEO Water Mandate

Primary Functions:Put your water projects on the mapIdentify and connect with potential collective action partnersLearn about water stewardship projects

Water and Human Rights: Exploring the Roles and Responsibilities of Business (2009)

CEO Water Mandate, Institute for Human Rights and Business

Primary Functions:Understanding early underpinnings of the Mandate’s guidance on respecting the human rights to water and sanitationThe authors of this paper take the... Read More

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Water Disclosure 2.0 (2009)

CEO Water Mandate

Primary Functions:Understand early corporate water disclosure practiceThis Mandate study compiles and analyzes the water-related information provided in the Corporate... Read More

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Water Risk Monetizer (2014)

ECOLAB USA INC.®

Primary Functions:Access actionable information to help businesses understand and quantify water-related risks in financial termsThe Water Risk Monetizer estimates the... Read More

Embedding Project Resources for Embedding Sustainability

Embedding Project

The Embedding Project has prepared a curated selection of the most relevant tools and resources to help you better embed sustainability into your company. You can view a... Read More

Sustainability and enterprise risk management: The first step towards integration

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

An organization’s enterprise risk management function plays a critical role in monitoring and managing the risks and opportunities that stem from the internal and external... Read More

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