WaterAid signs up to water stewardship initiative

WaterAid has joined over one hundred companies, governments, NGOs, and others as part of the world's first online platform to advance critical water projects in specific river basins around the planet.

18 Apr 2013

WaterAid has added its projects in key river basins to the Water Action Hub, an online platform designed to assist stakeholders to efficiently identify potential collaborators and engage with them in water-related collective action to improve water management in regions of critical strategic interest.

The Water Action Hub is an initiative of the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate and was launched at the CEO Water Mandate's ninth working conference during World Water Week in Stockholm last year. It was developed by the CEO Water Mandate in partnership with the International Business Leaders Forum; Deloitte; GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; and the Pacific Institute.

"Collaborations that harness the resources and expertise of different sectors, from business to civil society, are vital to solving the global water and sanitation crisis," said Jason Morrison, technical director of the CEO Water Mandate and program director at the Pacific Institute, adding "The Hub's continued growth to include organisations such as WaterAid, will be key to ensuring these collaborations thrive."

Cecilia Chatterjee-Martinsen, chief executive at WaterAid Sweden, said: "We are very happy to be part of the Water Action Hub. It is a sign of the importance of collaboration across sectors and the increased commitment of many international businesses to water stewardship.

"There has been some very encouraging progress so far on water stewardship, especially on issues of water resource management and waste water management. WaterAid look forward to working with businesses to achieve similar collaborative efforts on safe water, sanitation, and hygiene issues as well."

Gavin Power, Deputy Director of the UN Global Compact and Head of the CEO Water Mandate, added: "We are thrilled to welcome WaterAid, one of the leading NGOs focused exclusively on water, sanitation, and hygiene, to this global platform, which at its core is designed to catalyse collective action in order to produce widespread positive impacts in societies around the world. This will be critically important in terms of making continued progress on the Millennium Development Goals, especially in the area of sanitation, as well as achieving broad results in the post-2015 era."

At the core of the Water Action Hub online tool is a map-based data management system that facilitates match-making by allowing users to identify potential collective action opportunities via region, organization, project, and collaboration action area.

As a complement to the Water Action Hub, the beta version of the CEO Water Mandate's Guide to Water-Related Collective Action lays out how effective collective action in sustainable water management is key to approaching shared risk successfully and addressing a substantial point of vulnerability for many companies.