The CEO Water Mandate mobilizes business leaders to advance water stewardship, sanitation, and the Sustainable Development Goals – in partnership with the United Nations, governments, peers, civil society, and others.

How we work

Endorsers of the CEO Water Mandate recognize that through individual and collective action they can identify and reduce critical short-term water risks to their businesses and contribute to the realization of Sustainable Development Goals that support vibrant economies and create new market opportunities.

The CEO Water Mandate offers a unique platform to share best and emerging practices and to forge multi-stakeholder partnerships to address challenges related to water scarcity, water quality, water governance, and access to water and sanitation.

The Mandate Secretariat supports the initiative’s mission in many ways:

  • Develops research, guidance, and tools that advance corporate water stewardship
  • Convenes multi-stakeholder events to identify, explore, and solve key water challenges
  • Facilitates meaningful collective action to improve conditions in at-risk river basins around the world

The CEO Water Mandate Secretariat

The CEO Water Mandate is a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General and the UN Global Compact, implemented in partnership with the Pacific Institute. These key partners work together as the CEO Water Mandate Secretariat.

The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, with more than 12,000 corporate participants and stakeholders from more than 140 countries. The UN Global Compact is based on ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment, and anti-corruption.

The Pacific Institute is one of the world’s leading nonprofit research groups. The Institute creates and advances solutions to the world’s water challenges.


The Mandate is governed by the Steering Committee, which oversees the initiative’s strategic, administrative, and financial arrangements. The CEO Water Mandate Steering Committee is composed of:

  • Ten corporate representatives from diverse geographies who serve staggered two-year terms
  • One representative of the UN Global Compact Office
  • Special Advisors representing different stakeholder interests and spheres

The Secretariat makes decisions based on a consensus model. When consensus cannot be reached, a simple majority vote decides matters.

The current Steering Committee is comprised of the following endorser representatives and Special Advisors:

Endorser Members
  • Andre Fourie, AB-InBev
  • Lorena Lucia Gavino Escobar, Bavaria Brewery
  • Inge Huijebrechts, Carlson Rezidor
  • Ana Maria Duque, Cementos Argosa
  • Gabriela Burian, Monsanto
  • Carlo Galli, Nestle
  • Naty Barak, Netafim
  • Adriana Lagrotta Leles, SANASA Campinas
  • Madhulika Sharma, Tata Steel
  • Troy Jones, Teck Resources
  • Justin Smith, Woolworths
Special Advisors
  • Morgan Gillespy, CDP
  • Murali Ramisetty, FANSA/MARI
  • Carlo Pereira, UNGC Brazil Network
  • Peter Koefoed Bjornsen, UNEP-DHI
  • Lila Karbassi, UN Global Compact
  • Jason Morrison, Pacific Institute

Working Groups

The Mandate Secretariat works to serve endorsing companies by providing salient water stewardship research, guidance, and tools. To do so, the Secretariat continuously engages endorsers to understand their water-related challenges and needs.

One of the key ways through which Mandate endorsing companies engage in the work of the initiative is via its Working Groups. Through Working Groups, the Mandate Secretariat convenes small groups of endorsing companies (and often other key stakeholders) to support and guide the Mandate’s work. Working Group members help shape the direction and design of Mandate projects by:

  • Providing feedback on normative guidance and tools under development
  • Helping to develop relevant resources and best practice case examples
  • Testing and implementing Mandate guidance and resources
  • Participating in collective action initiatives

To learn more about the Working Groups, go here.