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Guidance for Companies on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: Bringing a Human Rights Lens to Corporate Water Stewardship
  • Guidance for Companies on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: Bringing a Human Rights Lens to Corporate Water Stewardship
  • United Nations Global Compact. January 2015
  • This guidance provides companies with practical measures on how to bring a human rights lens to their existing corporate water stewardship practices. It aims to help companies translate their responsibility to respect the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation (HRWS) into their existing water management policies, processes, and company cultures. It complements related efforts to clarify the obligations and responsibilities of other actors (particularly states and public or private water and sanitation service providers) with regard to the HRWS. The report is de...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Communication, Community participation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Human right to water and sanitation, Participation, Private sector participation (PSP), Public-private partnerships (PPP), Risk management, Sanitation, Water management

Understanding sufficiency in water-related collective action. Discussion paper
  • Understanding sufficiency in water-related collective action. Discussion paper
  • United Nations Global Compact. October 2014
  • This discussion paper explores how companies can go about conducting a water stewardship assessment and use it as the basis of their water-related collective action efforts. It selectively focuses on water stewardship action at the scale of local watersheds and aquifers, as pursued through collective action with the community of water users sharing those local water resources. Specifically, it introduces the concept of 'sufficiency' in managing water stress.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Community participation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Groundwater, Participation, Private sector participation (PSP), Water governance, Water scarcity, Water security, Watersheds

Exploring the Business Case for Corporate Action on Sanitation. White paper
  • Exploring the Business Case for Corporate Action on Sanitation. White paper
  • United Nations Global Compact. September 2014
  • This white paper explores why action on sanitation is a moral imperative for companies around the world, and why there is also a good business case for making it so. It discusses the business risks resulting from a lack of sanitation, and the business opportunities and benefits offered by sanitation interventions. The paper focuses on unpacking the business drivers for action on sanitation as well as on presenting a framework for how companies can support sanitation objectives.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Corporate Social Responsibility, Economic impact, Ecosystems, Education, Health, Hygiene, Open defecation, Risk management, Sanitation, Water supply

Driving Harmonization of Water-Related Terminology. Discussion paper
  • Driving Harmonization of Water-Related Terminology. Discussion paper
  • United Nations Global Compact. September 2014
  • This discussion paper seeks to assert common definitions for water-related terminology. The paper summarizes key outcomes from a dialogue process through which participant organizations sought to work toward a mutual understanding on key questions such as: (1) Do "scarcity", "stress", and "risk" refer to three distinct, useful concepts in the context of corporate water stewardship?; (2) What specifically is meant by each term? How do organizations conceive of them differently?; (3) How do these terms relate to one another?; (4) How can these terms be used in ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Corporate Social Responsibility, Risk management, Water scarcity

Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines. Toward a Common Approach to Reporting Water Issues
  • Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines. Toward a Common Approach to Reporting Water Issues
  • United Nations Global Compact. September 2014
  • These Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines seek to advance a common approach to corporate water disclosure that addresses the complexity and local nature of water resources. In order to achieve this overarching goal, the Guidelines: (1)identify common corporate water disclosure metrics that support harmonization and comparability over time and across companies; (2) provide guidance on how companies can assess the water-related topics that are the most relevant to them and their stakeholders (as well as how to report this assessment process); (3) describe how...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Accounting, Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility, Information and data, Risk management, Sustainable development, Water efficiency, Water management, Water scarcity

Tap Secrets: The Manila Water Story
  • Tap Secrets: The Manila Water Story
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila Water Company. July 2014
  • This book weaves a collection of ideas and concepts on how "change management" was used to transform the Manila Water Company into a world-class water utility service. It provides an insider's view of the transformation of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) using the public-private partnership (PPP) concept. This complete account of a water company transition is presented in 6 chapters: Overview; Corporate transformation: from public to private; Attaining sustainability: the building blocks for change; Attaining sustainability: the fruits ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Climate change, Corporate Social Responsibility, Investments, Privatization, Public-private partnerships (PPP), Resilience, Risk management, Sustainable development, Urbanization, Wastewater, Water efficiency, Water operators, Water supply, Water treatment

Customer Services User manual. Volume 2
  • Customer Services User manual. Volume 2
  • United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). January 2013
  • This manual is part of a Utility Management Series for Small Towns. Water Utilities' Customer Service is one of the key commercial functions in any Utility. The responsibility of customer service unit lies with the Head of the Commercial department who is the overall supervisor of the customer service activities. The Lake Victoria Region Water and Sanitation Initiative has provided many useful lessons on the importance of a customer service unit in an organizational structural set-up, the appropriate office set-up framework for customer service, and the staff...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Global
  • Main themes: Consumer satisfaction, Corporate Social Responsibility, Cost recovery, Fee collection, Monitoring, Utility services, Water operators

Guide to Water-Related Collective Action Beta 1.0
  • Guide to Water-Related Collective Action Beta 1.0
  • Pacific Institute, United Nations Global Compact. August 2012
  • This publication offers good practice to help companies establish enduring relationships with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, leaders, and individuals to advance sustainable water management. Specifically, it: 1) identifies and characterizes various engagement methods and collective action models, 2) describes how companies can understand the nature of such collaborations, and 3) provides recommendations for how they can best organize and execute these actions.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Main themes: Community participation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Participation, Water governance, Water management, Water policy

Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines: Public Exposure Draft. Executive summary
  • Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines: Public Exposure Draft. Executive summary
  • Pacific Institute, United Nations Global Compact. August 2012
  • Excutive summary of report "Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines: Public Exposure Draft".
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Corporate Social Responsibility, Industry, Information and data, Monitoring, Participation, Practices and habits , Risk management, Water demand, Water management

Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines: Public Exposure Draft
  • Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines: Public Exposure Draft
  • Pacific Institute, United Nations Global Compact. August 2012
  • This document advances a common approach to corporate water disclosure that addresses the complexity and local nature of water resources, by 1) identifying common metrics that support harmonization and comparability over time and across companies, 2) providing guidance on how companies can assess the water topics that are the most relevant to them, 3) describing how companies can best report activities that are difficult to depict quantitatively, and 4) aligning corporate water management with disclosure so as to enable companies to understand which informati...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Corporate Social Responsibility, Industry, Information and data, Monitoring, Participation, Practices and habits , Risk management, Water demand, Water management

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Published in 2015