Project Team

Jason Morrison, Mai-Lan Ha, Peter Schulte
Pacific Institute

Janek Hermann-Friede, Lotte Feuerstein, Martha Rychlewski
Water Integrity Network (WIN)

Nick Hepworth and Suvi Sojamo
Water Witness International

Ken Caplan and Jacques-Edouard Tiberghien
Partnerships in Practice, Ltd.

Guy Pegram and Hannah Baleta
Pegasys Strategy and Development, Ltd.

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, labor standards, the environment, and anti-corruption.


Water Integrity Network

The Water Integrity Network (WIN) is a network of organisations and individuals promoting water integrity to reduce and prevent corruption in the water sector, with a pro-poor and pro-equity focus. WIN was formed in 2006 to respond to increasing concerns among water and anti-corruption stakeholders over corruption in the water sector. It combines global advocacy, regional networks, and local action to promote increased transparency and integrity, bringing together partners and members from the public and private sectors, civil society and academia, to drive change that will improve the lives of the people who need it most. Formally, WIN is an association under German law, with its secretariat established in Berlin.

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

Water Witness International

Water Witness International is a research and advocacy charity working for the equitable, sustainable, and accountable management of water resources in developing countries. Poor management of rivers, lakes, and aquifers affects all water users, holding back economic growth, poverty reduction, and biodiversity conservation. To broker consensus-based solutions, build broad coalitions, and inform the evidence-based advocacy required to unlock progress, Water Witness International carries out high-quality interdisciplinary research to understand the social, political, economic, and environmental causes and consequences of water problems and conflict.

Partnerships in Practice

Partnerships in Practice (PiP) is a UK-based company set up in 2014 that focuses on enhancing the effectiveness of partnership approaches for sustainable development. Although PiP is very new to the world, it builds on the pioneering work of Building Partnerships for Development in Water and Sanitation (BPD) which has a long track record of innovation in partnerships, incentives, and solutions for improving the provision of water and sanitation services in unserved and poorly served communities by ensuring that partnerships are effective and appropriately ambitious. Partnerships in Practice provides advisory, research, and training services to policy makers and practitioners to strengthen partnership approaches for sustainable development.


Pegasys is a specialist consulting group with an international profile in policy — legal, economic, institutional, management, and financial expertise, particularly in the water, natural resources, and public infrastructure sectors. Pegasys was founded in 1999 in response to a need to support African public sector institutions in achieving transformation and service delivery objectives espoused by the continent’s governments, considering broad inter-sector economic and institutional linkages. Our consulting philosophy and approach as trusted advisors is sensitive to local conditions and dynamics, has been honed by the challenges and opportunities of working in politically complex environments, compounded by constrained resources, inadequate capacity, and limited information. Pegasys is globally recognized in the corporate water risk analysis and strategy field, being a partner of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), supporting the UN Compact CEO Water Mandate, cooperating with the World Economic Forum (WEF), contributing to the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), and advising the WWF water stewardship program. These are the bodies and initiatives that are currently driving the philosophy, approaches, and methodologies for water risk at a global level.



The development of these guidelines occurred over four stages and involved extensive research and multi-stakeholder consultations. During this process, the project team undertook desk-based research; held more than 90 multi-stakeholder interviews; convened roundtable discussions in Paris, Lusaka, Lima, London, and Stockholm; and held validation workshops in South Africa, Peru, and India. The project team also regularly consulted with the Integrity in Water Stewardship Initiatives Advisory Board, a group of experts and practitioners representing companies, development agencies, NGOs, journalists, and others with familiarity and expertise in WSIs. The team also consulted with the CEO Water Mandate’s Collective Action Working Group, composed of representatives from a subset of Mandate-endorsing companies.

The first stage of this project involved the development of a desk study that drew upon an extensive literature review and bilateral interviews to help frame the issue of integrity in WSIs and fed into the development of a field assessment methodology. The second stage involved an intensive field assessment and consultation process to understand the actual integrity issues facing WSIs on the ground. These findings were used during the project’s third phase to develop initial guidance and a framework with supporting tools for managing the integrity of WSIs. The framework was subsequently tested via validation workshops and further refined, resulting in these final guidelines.

CEO Water Mandate Collective Action Working Group Members

Name Company
Hugh “Bert” Share Anheuser Busch-Inbev
Greg Koch The Coca-Cola Company
Lisa Schroeter The Dow Chemical Company
Emilio Tenuta Ecolab
Nandha Govender Eskom
Manoj Chaturvedi Hindustan Construction Company
Niyati Sareen Hindustan Construction Company
Hugh “Bert” Share Anheuser Busch-Inbev
Elisabeth Swayze H&M Hennes & Mauritz
Stephanie Kotin Levi Strauss & Co.
Anna Walker Levi Strauss & Co.
Sanjay Banka Banka BioLoo
Paivi Makkonen Metsa Board
Christian Frutiger Nestlé
Carlo Galli Nestlé
Herbert Oberhaensli Nestlé
Naty Barak Netafim
Heather Rippman Nike
Dan Bena PepsiCo
Lauren Koopman PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Natalie Allan Teear PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Ryan Mullen PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Kevin Agnew Reed Elsevier
David Grant SABMiller
Andy Wales SABMiller
Martin Ginster Sasol
Philippe Tallendier Saint-Gobain
Arnaud Trequer Saint-Gobain
Jochen Schweitzer Syngenta
Troy Jones Teck Resources
Yapo Alle-Ando Teck Resources
Ed Pinero Veolia North America

Integrity in Water Stewardship Initiatives Advisory Board Members

Name Organization
Adrian Sym Alliance for Water Stewardship
Thirza Bronner Both Ends
Danielle Hirsch Both Ends
Cate Lamb CDP
Raymond Mngodo Lake Victoria Basin Commission
Silas Mbedzi Mvula Trust
Steve Nicholls National Business Initiative, South Africa
Roger Calow Overseas Development Institute
Rob Greenwood Ross Strategic
David Grant SABMiller
Marianne Kjellen Swedish International Water Institute
Jermyn Brooks Transparency International
Goodwell Lungu Transparency International Zambia
Kari Vigerstol The Nature Conservancy
Kenneth Irvine UNESCO-IHE
Themba Gumbo UNDP CAP-NET
David Groenfeldt Water Culture Institute
Fredrick Mugira Water Journalists Africa
Stuart Orr WWF International
Alexis Morgan WWF/Alliance for Water Stewardship
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