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Accelerating action: CDP Global Water Report 2015

While substantial progress has been made in corporate water disclosure, companies’ reliance on this precious resource is increasing at a time when water security around the world is worsening.

This explains why 617 institutional investors, managing US$63 trillion in assets, have come together through CDP’s water program to ask 1,073 publicly listed companies to provide information on how they are prepared for, and adapting to, worsening water security.

This year’s 2015 Global Water Report analyzes the 405 companies that responded to their investor’s request, offering a snapshot of the current global state of corporate water management. It also takes a deep dive into trends in water management over the last five years among some of the largest companies in the world that have been consistently reporting to the program. The report is intended to help companies that are sensitive to, or have major impacts on, water availability or quality, as well as inform investors and major multinationals about how their portfolio companies and suppliers are managing these risks, and positioning themselves to participate in the water value revolution.

The report finds that:

  • Acting to improve water security remains a fundamental business imperative for many companies.
  • Corporate water stewardship is becoming better understood, and leaders are emerging.
  • Tackling water challenges remains a CSR issue and action is urgently needed to close the gap.
  • Water stewardship offers clear benefits to at-risk companies.
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