The Value Independent Certification Brings to Global Water Stewardship
Fresh water availability is severely threatened by population pressures, resource constraints, geopolitical turmoil, industrial pollution, and climate change. As a result, responsible water management has become an essential component of sustainable business strategy – key to preventing supply chain, distribution, and operational disruptions, and critical for protecting brand reputation. Global water standards, such as the Alliance for Water Stewardship standard, provide needed guidance for water users and managers seeking to assure responsible water governance, sustainable water balance, good water quality, and healthy water-related sites. To be effective, such standards rely on robust third party certification.
Panelists discuss the role that independent certifiers play in translating the standard into real world situations, ensuring that proper procedures are in place for responsible water stewardship, assuring that stakeholder concerns are considered, and supporting reputable marketplace claims. Nestlé Waters North America, Ecolab, and Renmark speak about challenges faced, opportunities identified, and lessons learned as they underwent independent assessment, and hear their perspectives on the market and larger significance of certification. Additionally, participants dialogue with AWS and SCS Global Services about certification.
SCS Global Services: Alliance for Water Stewardshiphttps://www.scsglobalservices.com/services/alliance-for-water-stewardship-aws
The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is the first comprehensive global standard defining the responsible use of water for individual facilities or group sites within a single watershed. The comprehensive standard goes beyond setting minimum thresholds for compliance and provides detailed guidance for water users of any size. Certification is for those seeking independent assurance of responsible water governance, a sustainable water balance, good water quality, and healthy water-related sites and values.