The World Resources Institute has aligned its Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas with the Carbon Disclosure Project’s 2013 Water Disclosure Questionnaire in a bid to improve business’ measurement and reporting of exposure to water-related risks.
An increasing number of companies are experiencing detrimental water-related business impacts, including operational or supply chain disruptions and property damage from flooding, to name a few. In 2011, these impacts cost some companies up to $200 million, WRI says.
As a result, the movement toward increased corporate water disclosure is gaining speed. The deadline for companies to respond to the CDP 2013 Water Disclosure Questionnaire is six weeks away. So far, more than 500 investor signatories, representing more than $57 trillion in assets, have backed the questionnaire and requested that companies disclose critical, water-related information, WRI says. WRI hopes that streamlining the two products will help businesses fill out the questionnaire and increase participation.
The Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas is a publicly available tool with up-to-date information on global water risks. Companies can use this information to evaluate the most prominent water quantity, water quality, regulatory and reputational risks threatening their assets or suppliers. Aqueduct’s three-step process provides companies with detailed information on water-related risks for each of its locations and suppliers worldwide. This information can be used for putting water use throughout the company into context, managing the associated water-related risks, and responding with water stewardship practices, WRI says.
WRI, in association with companies including GE, Shell, Dow, United Technologies and DuPont, launched the atlas in January.
The information in the atlas can help businesses answer numerous questions on the CDP Water Disclosure Questionnaire. Earlier in the month, the two parties hosted a webinar that detailed step-by-step instructions on how to use the atlas the measure a company’s water risk.