What are the key stages in a company’s water stewardship journey?
The Water Stewardship Journey framework offers a way to understand the basic components of a comprehensive water stewardship strategy. In doing so, companies can consider how far along they are and what possible next stages might be.
What is the Water Stewardship Progression?
The Water Stewardship Progression illustrates the range of activities water stewards conduct ideally. Companies that effectively implement all aspects of the Progression manage much of their water risk and actively support sustainable water management.
Activities at the top of the Progression tend to be the easiest to implement. Activities at the bottom tend to be more challenging and complex to implement – yet often are more impactful. Though many companies will find it most practical to follow this progression sequentially from top to bottom, you may find it more strategic to pursue them in a different order, or all at the same time.
How do I determine helpful next steps for my company?
In order to connect to the most relevant resources, first identify where your company resides on the Water Stewardship Progression. If in doubt, keep in mind that many facilities implement activities in the Operations category even before a specific corporate policy is in place. Once you have determined what activities you are currently implementing, you can then:
- Search for additional resources on those topics to deepen your existing practice
- Pursue activities in the next category to the right to expand your stewardship practice.
You need not implement any activity perfectly before moving on to other parts of the Progression. In fact, overly focusing on activities listed under “Operations” can be a detriment to robust stewardship if doing so prevents you from pursuing those listed under “Strategy” and “Engagement”. Generally speaking, the sooner you can begin implementing these advanced activities, the better.