Promoting Water Stewardship 2030 (Phase Il)
Water stewardship promotes the sustainable and equitable management of freshwater resources among communities, businesses, utilities and investors. SDC supports the Alliance for Water Stewardship, the CDP Water Security Programme and Water Witness International synergistically to advocate for water stewardship particularly in developing countries. SDC is a forerunner in bringing together these key actors to increase outreach and impact.
Water sector policy
- Other international or foreign NGO North
- Foreign private sector North
- Swiss Private Sector
|Background||The scale and immediacy of the global water crisis, and its significance for social justice and economic progress are striking, exacerbated by a warming planet, rapidly escalating demand and difficult governance challenges. Water security has a profound impact on human dignity, health and opportunities for education and economic empowerment. In response to these risks and opportunities, water stewardship can aim to become a truly transformative movement, spearheaded by leading organisations, governments and businesses.|
|Objectives||Establish credible water stewardship as a globally adopted practice, expected norm and more effective approach to support the achievement of SDG6 targets and water security for all.|
Governments and policy makers at national, regional and global level
Corporations with a focus on 4 priority sectors: agriculture, food & beverage, ICT, textiles
Civil society, consumers, citizens.
1 . Credible, verified site and catchment based multi-stakeholder water stewardship action becomes normal operating practice for production sites for multinational companies in each of the four priority sectors (agriculture, food & beverage, ICT, textiles).
2. National governments enhance policy conducive to more and better private sector water disclosure. Companies in major water consunning and polluting sectors integrate water into fundamental business governance processes, leading to reduced water demands, the elimination of pollution and enhanced access to WASH across direct operations and supply chains.
3. Transformative change is triggered for inclusive and resilient growth by equipping civil society, decision makers and citizens with knowledge about the impacts of the water footprint and stimulating demand for and widespread uptake of water stewardship within supply chains of consumer society.
1. Clearly articulated and targeted advocacy messages setting out the change needed by each stakeholder group (private sector, public, government, investors etc.) are shared with a common voice within the water community and other sectors. A manifesto for a water secure global economy will be published. It will set out the expectations and actions required by all stakeholders;
2. New policy, process, plans, regulations and investment are in place to enable and promote uptake of credible stewardship;
3. New uptake of credible water stewardship takes place in targeted sectors and geographies notably through change in purchasing and investment behaviours.
Results from previous phases:
1 . The Water Stewardship Toolbox (CEO Water Mandate) — an online compendium of water stewardship reports, good practices, datasets, tools, and more — features more than 250 resources from dozens of organisations and is updated every week.
2. The recognition of WASH in the AWS standard provides a contribution to aligning water stewardship with social outcomes.
3. An exchange platform has been initiated between key stewardship actors to better align and collaborate. The development of a common theory of change provided greater alignment among the water stewardship community.
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
International or foreign NGO
|Coordination with other projects and actors||
- UNEP: World Water Quality Alliance (WWQA)
- WWF: Small-Medium-Large: Water Stewardship with SMEs in the Greater Mekong
- Tackling Water Pollution in the textile and apparel value chain (Project in Ethiopia with AWS, Aid by Trade Foundation, Solidaridad, WWI)
- The Responsible Antibiotics Manufacturing Platform (RAMP) with SWI and leading private companies
- Earth Security Partnerships: a global Programme driving private sector partnerships for SDGs and climate resilience
- Water Integrity Network (WIN)
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 3’676’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 548’555|