Water Scoring: Managing the Risk of Having Big Fish Stuck in Polluted Ponds

This article was written by Renat Heuberger, South Pole Group’s CEO, and was first published in the Huffington Post Green platform.

This year’s number one sustainability risk is – water.

According to the latest World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report, the adverse impacts of water crises could even surpass the impacts of climate change. The effects can already be felt across industry sectors and society at large: in line with the narrative from the WEF, a recent study by CDP found that two-thirds of the world’s largest companies are now reporting exposure to water risks – with 22% anticipating that this could limit the growth of their business. The recent droughts in the United States that have made international headlines, simply add to the growing evidence of a fundamental problem: the exhaustion and mismanagement of water resources is translating into soaring levels of water stress across the globe. Failure to address the problem will come with a high price tag.

Read the full article here.

SDG on water Update

  • The SDG framework has been agreed! This is the final version will be adopted in September in New York and sets the development agenda for the next 15 years.  We are very happy that SDG 6 on water is very much aligned with the Swiss position to which our members have contributed. Read the final SDGs here: http://linkis.com/un.org/s9ytE
  • The UN working group IAEG-SDG has launched an open consultation on the development of a global indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals. It is open until September 4th and you can contribute here: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/iaeg-sdgs/open-consultation-iaeg-sdgs.html
  • The Sustainable Development Goals: enough to end the sanitation crisis? Join the online discussion organized by international civil society networks to learn more about SDG indicators, prioritization of those most in need, CSO’s role in monitoring and safe vs basic sanitation

Call for freelance experts in corporate water stewardship and watershed investments

South Pole Group, a Zurich-based global sustainability solutions provider, is looking to establish a network of experts to complement its extensive work on Corporate Water Stewardship and Watershed Investments.

In the area of water, the Group focuses on assessment and disclosure of corporate water risks and related strategies, investments in watersheds to manage water risks at basin level as well as drinking water community projects. Partners in water include high-level organisations such as CDP and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

For more information on applying for open positions, please see the detailed job ad.

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