The tangible value of increased water efficiency, reuse and recycling and improved social license to operate are moving more companies to adopt water stewardship strategies. This book frames an expanded strategy for water stewardship and business value creation, including brand value, that benefits a range of stakeholders including consumers, customers, investors and employees.
The book shows that until recently the linkage between full business value and water stewardship has been missing from the corporate agenda. This linkage and value creation from a leading water strategy is increasingly important to socially responsible investors and "aspirationals" who value companies that have a social mission or focus to their overall business strategy. In general the largest portion of a company's market capitalization is intangible value and understanding how a water strategy contributes to this intangible value is essential.
The authors include cases studies and a framework or path forward to guide companies as they seek to build leading water strategy that goes beyond water stewardship to drive full business value from this investment. The book establishes the linkages and value from an integrated water and business strategy and an approach for companies to follow.
William Sarni is an internationally recognized leader on water strategy and innovation and CEO of Water Foundry, Colorado, USA, based in Denver. He has authored numerous books and articles and presented on the value of water, innovations in digital water technology, the circular economy and the energy-water-food nexus. He has been a water strategy advisor to private- and public-sector enterprises and NGOs for his entire career. He has worked with multinational companies across a range of industry sectors in evaluating the technical viability and market potential of innovative water technologies, market entry strategies and M&A programs. David Grant currently heads the Sustainable Development function for AB InBev's Africa Zone based out of Johannesburg, South Africa. Prior to this, he was Senior Global Manager: Water Risk & Partnerships at SABMiller plc, based in Woking, UK. He has over 18 years' experience in sustainable development, delivering transformational social, environmental and economic programs to ensure business continuity, brand protection and corporate leadership.
Foreword by Stuart Orr Introduction Part I: The Basics Chapter 1: Why Water and Business Value? Chapter 2: Valuing Water Part II: Corporate Water Stewardship Chapter 3: Water Stewardship Strategy Chapter 4: Reputational Risk Chapter 5: Water Stewardship and Brand Value Part III: Value Beyond Water Stewardship: Creating Abundance Chapter 6: Creating Abundance