About the CEO Water Mandate

The CEO Water Mandate is a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General and the UN Global Compact, providing a multi-stakeholder platform for the development, implementation, and disclosure of corporate water sustainability policies and practices. The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with over 7000 corporate participants and other 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

About the Guidelines

The CEO Water Mandate’s Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines offer a common approach to business reporting on water-related issues. They put forward metrics and approaches that allow companies to communicate meaningfully with their stakeholders about their water management practices and that can begin to harmonize practice. The Guidelines also provide guidance for defining what water-related topics to report. These Guidelines are intended to drive convergence and harmonization with respect to how companies report their water management practices while helping to minimize reporting burdens, thus allowing companies to allocate more time and resources to actively manage water.

What is corporate water disclosure?

Corporate water disclosure is the act of reporting information to stakeholders (investors, nongovernmental organizations, consumers, communities, suppliers, and employees) related to the current state of a company’s water management, the implications for the business and others, and the company’s strategic responses. Disclosure is a critical component of a company’s water management efforts and of water-related sustainability more generally.

Disclosure supports a more sustainable and equitable management of water resources by improving the ability of stakeholder audiences to evaluate a company’s water practices and make comparisons across companies. It thus fosters greater corporate accountability. Disclosure can support business viability in many ways, including:

  • Improving a company’s understanding of its water risks, opportunities, and impacts and the effectiveness of its responses
  • Providing an opportunity to demonstrate progress and good practices to external stakeholders, thereby improving the company’s reputation and building investor confidence
  • Establishing a dialogue and building credibility with key stakeholders, paving the way for future partnerships that advance shared water-related goals

About the project team

Pacific Institute

The Pacific Institute is one of the world’s leading nonprofit research and policy organizations working to create a healthier planet and sustainable communities. Based in Oakland, California, it conducts interdisciplinary research and partners with stakeholders to produce real-world solutions that advance environmental protection, economic development, and social equity—in California, nationally, and internationally. Since its founding in 1987, the Pacific Institute has become a locus for independent, innovative thinking that cuts across traditional areas of study, helping make connections and bring opposing groups together. The result is effective, actionable solutions addressing issues in the fields of freshwater resources, climate change, environmental justice, and globalization.www.pacinst.org


PwC firms help organizations and individuals create the value they’re looking for. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is a Delaware limited liability partnership. PwC refers to the United States member firm, and may sometimes refer to the PwC network. Each member firm is a separate legal entity. Please see www.pwc.com/structure for further details.


CDP (formerly known as Carbon Disclosure Project) is an international not-for-profit organisation that operates the only global system for the measurement, disclosure and management of corporate environmental information. It has harnessed the collective power of market forces including 655 institutional investors holding US$78 trillion in assets to create the largest collection of self reported climate change and water data. This information is used by investors, companies and governments to make informed business, investment and policy decisions. For more information visit www.cdproject.net

World Resources Institute

The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global environmental and development think tank that goes beyond research to create practical ways to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. We work with governments, companies, and civil society to build practical solutions to urgent environmental challenges. WRI’s transformative ideas protect the Earth and promote development because sustainability is essential to meeting human needs and fulfilling human aspirations for the future. www.wri.org

About the Global Reporting Initiative

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) served as a strategic partner throughout the development of the Guidelines. GRI is a leading organization in the sustainability field. GRI promotes the use of sustainability reporting as a way for organizations to become more sustainable and contribute to sustainable development. www.globalreporting.org

About the Water Disclosure Working Group and Corporate Water Disclosure Stakeholder Advisory Group

During the development of the Guidelines, the project team regularly consulted with the CEO Water Mandate’s Water Disclosure Working Group (WDWG)—comprising representatives from Mandate-endorsing companies—and the Corporate Water Disclosure Stakeholder Advisory Group (CWDSAG), which included a variety of representatives from civil society groups, water-related-tool developers, trade associations, and government and intergovernmental agencies. The expertise of these groups enabled the project team to ensure it was building on existing disclosure practice as well as to ensure that the Guidelines addressed the wide range of company and stakeholder interests. The tables below list WDWG and CWDSAG members who have contributed to the Guidelines at some point during their development.

WDWG Members 2011–2014

Name Organization
Michael Whaley* Allergan
Christina Hillforth* AkzoNobel
Martijn Kruisweg* AkzoNobel
Ivonne Studer Noguez* AkzoNobel
Bennett Freeman* Calvert
Jules Frieder Calvert
Ellen Kennedy* Calvert
Greg Koch* Coca-Cola Company
Lisa Manley Coca-Cola Company
Serena Levy* Coca-Cola Company
Suzannah Cooley* Coca-Cola Enterprises
Maury Zimring Coca-Cola Enterprises
Jens Rupp Coca-Cola Hellenic
Roberta Barbieri* Diageo
A. Q. I. Chowdhury* Finlay Ltd.
Johan Firmenich* Firmenich
Nancy English GlaxoSmithKline
Brett Fulford* GlaxoSmithKline
Bob Hannah GlaxoSmithKline
Mikael Blomme H&M
Felix Ockborn* H&M
Manoj Chaturvedi* Hindustan Construction Co.
Niyati Sareen* Hindustan Construction Co.
Robert Drinane* Merck
Bart Alexander* Molson Coors
Michael Glade* Molson Coors
Javiera Charad* Nestlé
Christian Frutiger* Nestlé
Naty Barak* Netafim
Heather Rippman* Nike
Kevin Agnew* Reed Elsevier
Mark Gough Reed Elsevier
Martin Ginster* Sasol
David LoPiccolo Siemens
Jochen Schweitzer* Siemens
Johan Holm* Stora Enso
Yapo Alle-Ando* Teck Resources
Troy Jones* Teck Resources
Jesse Rep UPM-Kymmene
Dominique Heron Veolia
Ed Piñero* Veolia Water
Graham Paterson West Pac
Paul Jones Xstrata

CWDSAG members 2011–2014

Name Organization
Adrian Sym* Alliance for Water Stewardship
Alexis Morgan* Alliance for Water Stewardship
Leslie Lowe UCI Environmental Accountability
Tod Christenson* Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable
Dimitra Christakou Bloomberg
Linda Hwang EcoMetrix Solutions Group
Brooke Barton* Ceres
Jan Dell CH2MHill
Jens Hönerhoff* DEG Invest
Amy Goldman* Global Environmental Management Initiative
Kelly Davina Scott* Institute for Human Rights and Business
Nadira Narine* Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
David Molden* International Center for Integrated Mountain Development
Anne-Marie Fleury International Council on Mining and Metals
Ross Hamilton* International Council on Mining and Metals
Sabrina Birner* International Finance Corporation
Paul Freedman* LimnoTech
Victor Munnik Mvula Trust
Loic Dujardin Norges Bank Investment Management
Danielle Carreira* Principles for Responsible Investment
Olivia Watson* Principles for Responsible Investment
Lara Yacob Robeco
Maite Aldaya* UN Environmental Programme, Consultant
Ivo Mulder UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative
Sharon Murray US AID
Ruth Mathews* Water Footprint Network
Nick Hepworth* Water Witness international
Anne-Lennore Boffi World Business Council on Sustainable Development
Dominic Waughray World Economic Forum
Lindsay Bass* World Wildlife Fund International
Stuart Orr* World Wildlife Fund International
Jochem Verberne* World Wildlife Fund International

* denotes current WDWG members

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