The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is an international organisation focussed on sustainable water management. The Alliance has developed a robust framework that helps to deal with the complex challenges affecting water that can be used by businesses to assess their water risks.
A water stewardship approach uses an ISO consistent framework to help you to identify water risks not only within your site, but the whole catchment. It also provides a common framework to understand water risk across your company or supply chain.
AWS Certification enables you to make credible, independently verifiable sustainable water management claims via third-party certification. It’s an easy way to show your customers, employees, the community and your investors that you not only take your sustainability obligations seriously but that you are also addressing key issues that have the potential to significantly impact the long-term viability of your operations.
The benefits of using a water stewardship approach, whether you certify or not, include:
- increased water efficiency, strengthened stakeholder relationships, improved local water quality and the protection of socially and culturally important water-related areas
- it shows your commitment to sustainable water management, helps demonstrate action on the Sustainable Development Goals and provides useful information for investors and disclosure mechanisms such as the CDP
Cress Consulting is a specialist provider of sustainability services and an experienced water stewardship specialist. Cress understands how water risk can impact business operations, supply chains and social licence to operate.
If you would like to talk about how sustainable water management can improve the resilience of your operation or business, please contact us here.