The Mandate and Hindustan Unilever Foundation release paper on stewardship, partnerships, and achieving SDG6 in India

September 2015

This new discussion paper from the CEO Water Mandate and Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF) explores the linkages between corporate water stewardship practice and Sustaniable Development Goal 6 on water and sanitation. It makes the case for a “T-shaped” approach to water goals and collaborative partnerships between businesses, NGOs, governments, communities, and others to address shared water challenges. In particular, it takes a close look at past and current water partnerships in India from Hindustan Unilever Foundation’s portfolio. In this paper, we hear about effective action from the Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR), a partnership between Rajshree Sugars and Chemicals Limited and Solidaridad Network to address water challenges in the sugarcane sector, the efforts of People’s Action for National Integration (PANI) to engage woman farmer’s in water conservation, and more. This paper shines a light on the many ways businesses can work with others to advance shared goals on water and work toward the achievement of our Sustainable Development Goals.


Heather Rippman
Heather Rippman focuses on engaging and enabling the private sector to make meaningful and measurable contributions to the achievement of global targets for water stewardship and sustainable development. As an advisor to the UN CEO Water Mandate, she works with multinational corporations to facilitate cross-industry collaboration on supply chain water stewardship strategies, advance multi-stakeholder collective action to improve water security and create more stable operating environments for business in at-risk regions, and develop local sustainability leadership capacity via the UN Global Compact’s Local Networks to catalyze systemic change.

Heather has worked in corporate sustainability since 2006, developing water stewardship strategies, defining environmentally-preferred material characteristics and key water-related performance indicators, and leading a global supply chain water program focused on pollution prevention in apparel and footwear manufacturing.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from Portland State University.
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