New Guide for Bringing Integrity to Companies’ Water Stewardship Initiatives

(Stockholm, 25 August 2015) – Today, the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate announced the first comprehensive guide on forming multi-stakeholder water stewardship initiatives with integrity. Launched at the CEO Water Mandate’s annual meeting during World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, the Guide for Managing Integrity in Water Stewardship Initiatives: A Framework for Improving Effectiveness […]

CEO Water Mandate Releases Final Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines

29 September, New York, NY – The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate initiative has released the finalized Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines – a common approach for companies to effectively and intelligibly disclose the many elements of their corporate water management practice to key stakeholders. The Guidelines are available as a PDF report and web-based […]

Private Sector Engagement Can Further Sustainable Water Management

(June 2, 2014, Oakland, CA) – The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate and WWF make the case for private sector engagement in water policy and management in a new discussion paper responding to the question of whether such strategies truly advance the public interest. Industry relies on fresh water directly to manufacture goods and […]

UN Secretary-General Highlights CEO Water Mandate to UN General Assembly

(18 February 2014, New York) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on world governments and the international community to work together to secure water, sanitation and sustainable energy for all as part of the broad Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. Speaking to UN Member States at a special thematic dialogue on “Water, Sanitation, and Sustainable […]

Deputy Secretary-General Addresses CEO Water Mandate

(New York, 19 September 2013) – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson addressed a special session of the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, emphasizing the need for international cooperation with the business community to address global water and sanitation challenges. The Deputy Secretary-General provided the keynote address at the CEO Water Mandate‘s special event during the UN Global Compact […]

EWP to be European Coordinator of the Water Action Hub

(Brussels/New York/Oakland, 22 March 2013) – To mark World Water Day 2013 and in the spirit of the 2013 Year of Water Cooperation, Brussels-based NGO European Water Partnership (EWP) and the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate announced a new partnership today. The two organizations are joining efforts to launch the Water Action Hub (“the […]

International Water Experts Convene in India to Address Global Crisis in Water and Sanitation: Role of Business Highlighted at CEO Water Mandate Conference

(Mumbai/India, 5 March 2013) – The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate today convened an international conference in Mumbai, India, to explore how the global business community can positively contribute to the growing global and regional water and sanitation challenges – especially with respect to the UN’s Post-2015 Development Agenda. Approximately 160 leaders from business, civil […]

Water Stewardship Conference to Address Post-2015 Development Priorities

(New York, 26 February 2013) – Marking the critical importance of water stewardship around the world and its relation to the United Nation’s process to define post-2015 development priorities, the CEO Water Mandate will convene a major conference in Mumbai, India. Global and domestic companies, government agencies, civil society groups, academia and the UN will […]

Over 60 Projects Posted on New “Water Action Hub”

(New York, 15 November 2012) — The UN Global Compact Office today announced that 63 projects have been posted on the CEO Water Mandate’s “Water Action Hub” since it was launched in August 2012 — surpassing internal expectations and reinforcing the need for an international platform to showcase water stewardship initiatives and “match-make” organizations on […]

CEO Water Mandate Launches Global Water Action Hub

World’s First Platform to Unite Stakeholders on Water Stewardship Projects; Companion Guide Also Released (29 August 2012, Stockholm) –  The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate initiative today announced the launch of a global Water Action Hub – the world’s first on-line platform to unite companies, governments, NGOs, and other stakeholders on a range of […]

CEO Water Mandate Announces Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines

Provides First Common Approach to Water Reporting (27 August 2012, Stockholm) – The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate initiative today announced the release of its Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines – providing the first ever common approach to corporate water disclosure. Companies are fundamentally changing the way they address water. Increasingly, they are investing in […]

Jan 08 – UN Secretary-General Urges Business to Act on Water

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a plenary address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, called on business leaders to make water sustainability a corporate priority and urged them to endorse the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate. “Governments must engage—and lead. But we also need private enterprise,”, the Secretary-General said. “For too long, […]

Mar 08 – CEO Water Mandate Convenes Inaugural Working Conference

(New York, 7 March 2008) – On 5-6 March, the United Nations Global Compact, in partnership with the Pacific Institute, convened the inaugural working conference of The CEO Water Mandate. The conference, held at UN Headquarters in New York, brought together senior representatives from numerous corporations, as well as policy leaders from civil society organizations, […]

Apr 08 – Conference Report Iaunched: CEO Water Mandate

(New York, 3 April 2008) – The United Nations Global Compact Office and the Pacific Institute today issued the report of the inaugural working conference of The CEO Water Mandate, which took place on 5-6 March 2008 at UN Headquarters in New York City. Launched in July 2007 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, The CEO […]

May 08 – Business Urges G8 Governments to Take Action on Water Crisis

(New York, 7 May 2008) – Business leaders representing some of the world’s largest companies today launched an international campaign urging governments of the Group of Eight (G8) countries to address with urgency the emerging global crisis in water and sanitation. In a letter released by the United Nations Global Compact Office, the chief executive […]

Aug 08 – CEO Water Mandate Convenes Second Working Conference

(New York, 25 August 2008) – On 21-22 August, the UN Global Compact Office, in partnership with the Pacific Institute, convened the second working conference of The CEO Water Mandate. Held in Stockholm during World Water Week, the event focused on the topics of managing water in the supply chain, and transparency. The conference brought […]

Sep 08 -Secretary-General Opening Remarks at UN Private Sector Forum

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the UN Private Sector Forum on the Millennium Development Goals, in New York today: ‘It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the United Nations for the first United Nations Private Sector Forum on the Millennium Development Goals and food sustainability. While stepping […]

Oct 08 – CEO Water Mandate Announces Transparency Policy

(New York, 9 October 2008) – Following a three-month consultation process, the UN Global Compact Office today announced a comprehensive Transparency Policy for the CEO Water Mandate, an initiative launched in July 2007 to advance corporate water sustainability practices. The Transparency Policy outlines the disclosure-related responsibilities for endorsing companies of the CEO Water Mandate, including […]

Mar 09 – Water Disclosure 2.0 and Review of The CEO Water Mandate

(New York, 11 March 2009) – The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, in partnership with the Pacific Institute, today announced the global release of Water Disclosure 2.0 , a major study and resource presenting an analysis of current and emerging water reporting practices, while offering guidance to companies on next-generation water disclosure. Commissioned by […]

May 09 – White Paper Issued: Managing Climate Change and Water

(New York, 15 May 2009) – The UN Global Compact and the Pacific Institute today jointly released a white paper which explores the linkages between climate change and water – from both the scientific and corporate management perspectives. Entitled “Climate Change and the Global Water Crisis: What Businesses Need to Know and Do”, the paper […]

Jul 09 – Invitation: Public Comment on Business Engagement in Water-Related Public Policy

(New York, 07 July 2009) – The UN Global Compact Office today announced an invitation for public comment in connection with the development of guidance for corporate engagement in water-related public policy. Background In 2007, the UN Secretary-General, in partnership with international business leaders and under the auspices of the UN Global Compact, launched the […]

Aug 09 – Public Comment Period Extended on Guide for Business Engagement in Water-Related Public Policy

(New York, 7 August 2009) – At the request of the initiative’s stakeholders, the public comment period for the draft annotated outline of The CEO Water Mandate’s best practice guide on corporate engagement in water-related public policy has been extended through September 4th. The guide ultimately aims to provide principles, concepts, practical steps, and case […]

Aug 09 – CEO Water Mandate Convenes 4th Working Conference

(Stockholm, 19 August 2009) – The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, in partnership with the Pacific Institute, convened its fourth working conference in Stockholm on 16 – 18 August – an event that drew approximately 100 water experts and practitioners from business, civil society, the public sector and other interests. The conference – which […]

Sep 09 – CEO Water Mandate Issues Conference Report

(New York, 24 September 2009) — The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, in partnership with the Pacific Institute, today released the summary report of the initiative’s fourth working conference, which took place in Stockholm on 16-18 August — an event that drew nearly 100 water experts and practitioners from business, civil society, the public […]

Apr 10 – Invitation: Public Comment on Draft Guide to Responsible Business Engagement with Water Policy

Background In 2007, the UN Secretary-General, in partnership with international business leaders and under the auspices of the UN Global Compact, launched the CEO Water Mandate – an initiative established to better understand and advance water stewardship in the private sector. At the Mandate’s 3rd Working Conference, held in Istanbul in March 2009 at the […]

Apr 10 – CEO Water Mandate Convenes Fifth Working Conference

(New York, 16 April 2010) – The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate convened its fifth working conference on 14-16 April in New York City — an event that drew more than 75 senior representatives from business and finance, civil society, the public sector, the United Nations, and other interests. Taking place at the Permanent […]

Jun 10 – Framework for Responsible Business Engagement with Water Policy Brings Business and Stakeholders Together to Reduce Water-Related Risk

(Oakland, June 22, 2010) — Access to water is an important strategic concern for many companies, but increased threats to the supply, quality, and reliability of global water resources add substantial pressure and immediacy for businesses to improve the way they manage water risk. Recognizing that business, government, and civil society share a critical interest […]

Sep 10 – CEO Water Mandate Convenes Special Session in Stockholm

(Stockholm, 9 September) – The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate today convened a public-information conference during World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden – an event that drew approximately 100 conference attendees from the private sector, government, civil society, and other interests. The event – co-convened by the CEO Water Mandate and the Pacific Institute, […]

Oct 10 – CEO Water Mandate Delists Two Companies

(New York, 22 October 2010) – The UN Global Compact Office today announced the delisting of two companies from the CEO Water Mandate for failure to report on their implementation progress by the required deadline. The two companies are: Banesto S.A. (Spain) Grupo Via Delphi (Mexico) The CEO Water Mandate requires endorsers to develop an […]

Nov 10 – CEO Water Mandate Convenes Conference in South Africa

(Cape Town, 17 November 2010) – The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate this week convened its sixth working conference – an event that featured the global release of the initiative’s new Guide to Responsible Business Engagement with Water Policy. The conference drew more than 100 experts and practitioners from business, civil society, Government, the […]

Nov 10 – Global Release of First-Ever Guide on Responsible Business and Water Policy

(Cape Town, 15 November 2010) – With water issues among the world’s most critical sustainability challenges, businesses are facing increasing water-related risk to their operations. The just-released Guide to Responsible Business Engagement with Water Policy from the UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate provides strategies for companies to turn risk into opportunity by advocating for […]

Apr 11 – CEO Water Mandate Delists Four Companies

(New York, 29 April 2011) – The UN Global Compact Office today announced the delisting of four companies from the CEO Water Mandate for failure to report on their implementation progress by the required deadline. The four companies are: Athens Water and Sewerage Company (Greece) Hong Kong Beijing Air Catering (China) Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (Egypt) […]

May 11 – CEO Water Mandate Convenes Conference in Copenhagen

(Copenhagen, 16-17 May 2011) – The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, in partnership with the Pacific Institute, this week convened its seventh working conference – an event that took place in the context of “Global Compact Week” in Copenhagen, Denmark. The conference drew more than 100 experts and practitioners from business, finance, civil society, […]

Aug 11 – CEO Water Mandate Convenes at World Water Week

(Stockholm, 26 August 2011) – The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, in partnership with the Pacific Institute, this week convened its eighth multi-stakeholder working conference since the launch of the initiative in 2007. The conference, which took place in Stockholm as part of 2011 World Water Week, drew approximately 100 leading experts and practitioners […]