Title: Corporate Water Risk Management: Seeking Solutions
Event type: Seminar
Date: 2011-08-23
Time: 14:00 - 17:30
Convenor: Ceres, Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and World Resources Institute (WRI)
Room: K21

Water risk and its management remain important to business and stakeholders. Determining the most effective action often requires addressing a broad range of issues such as understanding water use, identifying its impact, seizing opportunities, assessing performance and communicating it to other water users on both the global and local levels. More and more corporations are partnering with others to develop the set of tools that will drive change towards more sustainable practices and policies. This seminar will offer an interactive platform bringing together key stakeholder groups that are driving the issue of corporate water management forward. It will showcase different tools and approaches under development and start exploring how they fit together by addressing a variety of needs. Representatives from organisations that have tested the tools will share their experience from a user perspective with the objective of better understanding complementarities and differences across this very dynamic waterscape of initiatives. The participants will have the opportunity to actively engage in the discussion to share ideas and offer suggestions for improvements

Moderator: Jeff Erikson, Senior Vice President, SustainAbility


Welcoming remarks,  Joppe Cramwinckel, Director Water Project, WBCSD


Corporate water management: Challenges, issues and gaps  Sylvain Lhote, Co-Chair WBCSD Water Project and Director European & Sustainability Affairs, Borealis


The solution space: Overview of corporate water tools (Part I)

Introduction by moderator. Jeff Erikson, Senior VP, SustainAbility 

  • Aqueduct.  Tien Shiao, Associate, Markets and Enterprise Program, WRI in tandem with Joe Rozza, Global Water Resources Sustainability Manager at The Coca Cola Company
  • The Corporate Water Management Framework.  Brooke Barton, Senior Manager, Corporate Programs, Ceres in tandem with Lara Yacob, Senior Engagement Specialist, Robeco

Coffee break


The solution space: Overview of corporate water tools (Part II)

  • The GEMI Local Water Tool™. GEMI Local Water Tool co-chairs: Maurice Bechard, Diversey, Inc. and Karl Fennessey, ConocoPhillips
  • Watershed Sustainability Assessment.   Brian Richter, Director, Global Freshwater Program, TNC in tandem with Liese Dallbauman, Director Water Stewardship, PepsiCo

Moderated panel discussion

Interview-style panel discussion with all eight speakers under the lead of Jeff Erikson with the objective of further understanding the added value of each tool and their inter-linkages 


Dialogue with the audience. Opportunity for all participants to ask questions, provide feedback and share experience


Wrap up, thanks and close. Joppe Cramwinckel, Director, Water Project, WBCSD

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Description of the tools
The Ceres Water Gauge
GEMI Local Water Tool
Watershed Risk Assessment Tool for Large Water Users