Business Action on Water
The Water Resilience Coalition is an industry-driven, CEO-led initiative to address the global water crisis.
We aim to elevate action on mounting water stress and its connection to climate change to the top of the global corporate agenda.
WRC members work to preserve the world’s freshwater resources through collective action in water-stressed basins and through ambitious, quantifiable goals.
We are an initiative of the CEO Water Mandate between the UN Global Compact and the Pacific Institute.
Our 2030 Ambition
We will achieve positive water impact in over 100 water-stressed basins that support over 3 billion people
We will enable equitable and resilient water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) for over 300 million people
Our 2030 Roadmap
To achieve our 2030 ambition, the WRC will employ strategies related to 4 approaches:
- Scaling Proven Solutions
- Advancing Innovation
- Leveraging Finance
- Measuring Impact
Our 2050 Pledge
We will achieve Net Positive Water Impact in 150 water-stressed basins worldwide
We will develop, implement, and enable strategies for water-resilient value chains
We will raise the global ambition on water
Our 100 Priority Basins
As part of our 2030 ambition, the WRC’s 100 priority basins target key watersheds around the world for collective action on water.
The WRC selected the basins in collaboration with our members and partners (see map caption) based on the levels of water stress and potential for positive impact.
Search the basin list and explore our interactive map to find which basins your company operates in and what water resilience projects already exist on the ground.
NPWI (Net Positive Water Impact)
NPWI (Net Positive Water Impact) is an enterprise ambition centering water-stressed basins to create impact where it matters most.
Pioneered by the WRC, delivering NPWI contributes toward reducing water stress in its three dimensions: availability (quantity), quality, and access. It ensures the company’s contributions exceed impacts on water stress in the same region.
NPWI is quantifiable against the three dimensions of water stress, aligns with established methodologies (e.g., context and science-based water targets), and can be measured via both short-term outputs and long-term outcomes.
Read CEO Testimonies From Our Member Companies
Stories of Impact
Addressing the global water crisis can positively impact the lives of billions around the world. Our Ripples in Resilience series showcases our stories of human impact.
WRC Collective Actions
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