UN Global Compact guide: Setting Site Water Targets – A Guide For Companies (published 2019)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY from the guide:
“The world’s water resources are under growing pressure from rising water consumption, greater pollution, weak governance, and climate change—exposing companies to increased water-related risks.

In response, many companies are engaging in water stewardship and setting water targets to help address their waterrelated externalities and secure water for the growing needs of all users.

Site water targets informed by catchment context have an important role to play in addressing water challenges and driving informed actions at the local level. Yet a minority of companies are setting them.More

The E in ESG: How to effectively evaluate your environmental risk (article by S&P and GreenBiz, July 2018)

The range of environmental and climate (E&C) risks — the E in ESG — is far-reaching. As defined by the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, E&C risks can include:

  • “transition risk,” arising from the shift to a low-carbon economy
  • “policy and legal risk,” associated with changing climate-change regulation
  • “technology risk,” relating to the significant impact that technological improvements supporting an energy-efficient economic system can have on organizations.

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World Economic Forum: Environmental and cyber risks predominate (WEF, January 2018)

The Global Risks Report 2018 is published at a time of encouraging headline global growth.

Any breathing space this offers to leaders should not be squandered: the urgency of facing up to systemic challenges has intensified over the past year amid proliferating signs of uncertainty, instability and fragility.

This year’s report covers more risks than ever, but focuses in particular on four key areas: environmental degradation, cybersecurity breaches, economic strains and geopolitical tensions. And in a new series called “Future Shocks” the report cautions against complacency and highlights the need to prepare for sudden and dramatic disruptions.

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