Managing business water risk through collaboration

Thursday 27 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: FH 307
© Michel Gunther / WWF-Canon

Increasing water scarcity poses a significant risk to business. WWF and H&M invite you to a seminar where we, together with other organizations such as UNGC’s CEO Water Mandate, discuss how water stewardship collaboration  can be a solution for successful business water risk management. The seminar will include the introduction of good practice guidance and tools by the WWF and the CEO Water Mandate that enable companies to understand their water risks and the business case for taking collaborative action in their operations and their supply chains. It will include a presentation on WWF’s newly launched guidelines for Water Stewardship and Collective Action and a discussion of how these guidelines, and Mandate and WIN’ management framework for ensuring integrity in Water Stewardship Initiatives, enable more impactful and effective collaborations. H&M will share their practical experiences from a corporate perspective about working together in a partnership for the past three years to address water risks according to the Water Stewardship model. Solutions exist for how businesses can address and manage their water risks and there are good examples of large, global corporations that are leading the way. Welcome to a dynamic and constructive discussion!


16:00 Welcome by moderator

16:05 Global updates on tackling water risks
Stuart Orr, WWF International

16:15 Implementing holistic water stewardship
Elisabeth Swayze, H&M

16:20 Collective action tools and guides
Jason Morrison, CEO Water Mandate

16:30 Panel: What went right and what went wrong? – lessons and recommendations from pioneers of multi-stakeholder collective action
Rob Greenwood, Moderator
Stuart Orr, WWF International
Wenwei Ren, WWF China
Joyce Tsoi, H&M
Jason Morrison, CEO Water Mandate
Ezgi Barcenas, AB InBev
Esther Verburg, Tommy Hilfiger

17:20 Closing remarks