1. Define the Content of the Commitment

 

A company’s policy commitment should, at a minimum, reflect its responsibility to respect the HRWS throughout its operations, including both its own activities and its business relationships. The commitment should set out for staff, business partners, and others in its value chain the company’s expectations about preventing and addressing impacts on the HRWS.

Companies that are responsible water managers typically make a leadership or policy commitment to water
stewardship and/or sustainable water management, which drives company action on these issues. Similarly,
the UN Guiding Principles expect businesses to put in place a policy commitment to respect human rights
throughout their operations. So a commitment to respect the HRWS should consider both these dimensions.

A policy commitment to respect “internationally recognized human rights” in line with the UN Guiding
Principles will incorporate respect for the HRWS.

Information to Include in a Policy Commitment

Companies have included other relevant information in HRWS policy commitments, such as:

  • A commitment to conduct on-going human rights due diligence with regard to the HRWS,
    specifying key moments when actual and potential impacts will be assessed
  • Other leading human rights impacts related to the company’s impacts on the HRWS, such
    as on the rights to food or adequate livelihoods, and its approach to addressing them
  • The company’s approach to engaging with and consulting affected stakeholders
  • The company’s approach to communicating about its efforts to address its impacts with
    other stakeholders and the wider public
  • Direct references to initiatives or principles that are consistent with the company’s responsibility
    to respect human rights and its water stewardship commitments, such as a commitment
    to the UN Global Compact or endorsement of the CEO Water Mandate.
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