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Environment & Sustainability

FT Water Summit

The New Bottom Line: Collaborative Solutions for Growth

London |
Speakers include:
Greg  Koch

Greg Koch

The Coca-Cola Company

Michael Alexander

Michael Alexander


John Church

John Church

General Mills


The inaugural FT Water Summit will gather senior practitioners from the corporate sphere to talk about the innovative and collaborative approaches to water productivity that are giving the companies they work for competitive edge. 

Water is of strategic importance to food and beverage companies, retailers, consumer goods, textile companies, energy companies, and semiconductor manufacturers. As the global watershed finds itself under more and more pressure, water quality and scarcity issues pose acute business risk to many of these companies and industries. Water is having an increasing impact on a company’s brand, credibility, credit rating, and insurance costs. Managing water risks – both in in-house operations, and through the supply chain – has a very real effect on the bottom line.

This solutions-focused conference will discuss how corporations are making water their business, how they are transforming water risk into opportunity, and on the collaborative ways in which companies around the world are working with the broader water community to deal with scarcity and enable growth.

fallback Add to my Calendar 10/27/2015 08:00:0010/27/2015 17:30:00trueFT Water SummitThe inaugural FT Water Summit will gather senior practitioners from the corporate sphere to talk about the innovative and collaborative approaches to water productivity that are giving the companies they work for competitive edge. Water is of strategic importance to food and beverage companies, retailers, consumer goods, textile companies, energy companies, and semiconductor manufacturers. As the global watershed finds itself under more and more pressure, water quality and scarcity issues pose acute business risk to many of these companies and industries. Water is having an increasing impact on a company’s brand, credibility, credit rating, and insurance costs. Managing water risks – both in in-house operations, and through the supply chain – has a very real effect on the bottom line.This solutions-focused conference will discuss how corporations are making water their business, how they are transforming water risk into opportunity, and on the collaborative ways in which companies around the world are working with the broader water community to deal with scarcity and enable growth.FT-Water-Summit6ba41cd6dfbf3a094fa916d4e8b8c8ddMM/DD/YYYY

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Speakers (22)

Greg  Koch

Greg Koch

Director, Global Water Stewardship
The Coca-Cola Company

Greg Koch joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1996. He has nearly 30 years of experience and is a globally recognized leader in the water resource management space.  Currently, he leads Coca-Cola’s global water stewardship strategy across 1,000 facilities and numerous agricultural supply regions, by focusing on: water use efficiency and wastewater management in production facilities; watershed protection and climate change adaptation; community water initiatives; supply chain water management, global awareness and action, and water policy engagement. He collaborates with bottling partners, governments, NGOs, aid/development agencies and communities throughout the Coca-Cola system.

Michael Alexander

Michael Alexander

Head of Environment, Water, Agriculture Sustainability
John Church

John Church

Executive Vice President - Supply Chain
General Mills
John Davidson

John Davidson

General Counsel and Corporate Affairs Director
Lisette Provencher

Lisette Provencher

Senior Vice President, Operations Support
SUEZ North America
Gary White

Gary White

CEO and Co-Founder
Claude Nahon

Claude Nahon

Senior Vice President, Sustainable Development

A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, Claude Nahon has worked at EDF since 1978 where she has held senior manager posts in the areas of production and distribution. Since 2003, Ms Nahon has been Director of Sustainability and Environment of EDF Group. Previously she was Deputy Director for hydroelectric generation and renewable energy. In addition to her activities in EDF, she is Council Member, representing EDF’s CEO at WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development). She is a member of the board of EPE (French Business Environment association) office and Vice- President of IDDRI (Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations). She is a member of the leadership council of the United Nations SDSN (Sustainable Development Solutions Network) created by Ban­Ki moon, which focuses on sustainable development goals.

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Global Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Environment Manager, Olam, and Steering Committee Member CEO
Water Mandate
Benedito Braga

Benedito Braga

Secretary for Sanitation and Water Resources, the State of Sao Paulo and President
World Water Council

Prof. Benedito Braga has been the President of World Water Council, which is responsible for the organization of the World Water Forums, since 2012 and Secretary of State for Sanitation and Water Resources of the State of São Paulo, Brazil.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Brazilian National Water Agency (2000 – 2009) and President of the Intergovernmental Council of International Hydrologic Program of UNESCO (2004-2005). He chaired the International Steering Committee of the 6th World Water Forum held in Marseille, France. From 1998-2000 he was President of the International Water Resources Association.

Mr Braga is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Escola Politecnica, University of São Paulo, Brazil. He holds a Ph.D. in water resources from Stanford University and is an Honorary Diplomat of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. He is the author of more than 200 papers and 25 books and chapters of books published internationally.

Pio  Wennubst

Pio Wennubst

Assistant Director General
Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation

Ambassador Pio Wennubst (born in 1961 in Lugano), an agro-economist specialised in systemic approaches by training, has long experience in development diplomacy based on extensive field work in areas such as rural development, microfinance and public health.  

After a period as managing director of a Swiss chemical company, he moved to the public sector as an academic researcher. In 1992, he began working in the field of development cooperation for the UN in Nepal. He joined the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in 1995 and was initially posted to Bolivia and subsequently to Madagascar where he was tasked with reorganising Swiss development cooperation activities. After a period as an economist at the SDC’s head office in Bern, in 2004 Pio Wennubst was appointed SDC country director in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

From 2008 to 2011, he was the deputy permanent representative of the Swiss mission to the Rome-based UN agencies. From 2010, he was also in charge of the SDC’s Global Programme Food Security. He later joined the Swiss permanent mission to the UN in New York as head of the economic and social development team. He currently manages the Global Cooperation Department as assistant director general of the SDC.

David Grant

David Grant

Senior Manager, Water Risks and Partnerships

David joined SABMiller plc in October 2000 and has occupied a number of positions within the company relating to sustainable development up until his current position of Senior Manager: Water Risk and Partnerships. This position encompasses leading the company’s global water strategy and managing global water partnerships. Through his work with subsidiary units he has on the ground experience in a number of countries in the America’s, Africa, Asia and Europe. 

Prior to joining SABMiller David worked in both the petroleum and motor vehicle manufacturing industries. David holds a master’s degree in environmental management.

Giulio Boccaletti

Giulio Boccaletti

Chief Strategy Officer
The Nature Conservancy

Dr. Giulio Boccaletti is the Chief Strategy Officer of The Nature Conservancy, as well as its Global Managing Director for Water.

Trained as a scientist, Giulio is an expert on environmental and economic sustainability with experience in deploying innovative, large-scale strategies that demonstrate how investing in nature will help us achieve a healthier, more prosperous, more resilient world. He has deep expertise on the intersection of natural resources, public policy and business conduct. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Giulio was a partner at McKinsey and Company, where he founded the firm’s Global Water Resource initiative and was a leader of its Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice.

He started his career as a scientist with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused on atmospheric and ocean sciences and climate dynamics. He has a master’s in physics from the Università degli Studi di Bologna, and master’s and doctorate degrees in atmospheric and oceanic sciences from Princeton University.

Anthony  Cox

Anthony Cox

Deputy Director, Environment Directorate

Anthony Cox is the Deputy Director of the Environment Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Since joining the OECD in 2000, Mr Cox has led work on water, climate, fisheries, political economy of reform, green finance and fossil fuel subsidies. He has overall responsibility for the OECD’s Horizontal Programme on Water, which pools the expertise from across the OECD to address economic and governance issues in water policy. Prior to joining the OECD, Mr Cox worked as Senior Economist in the Australian Public Service, including positions in the Productivity Commission and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Doug Baker

Doug Baker


Doug Baker is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Ecolab Inc. A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services; delivering comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.

Baker joined Ecolab in 1989 and has held roles in marketing, sales and general management in the U.S. and Europe, and leadership positions including president and chief operating officer. In addition to his Ecolab responsibilities, Baker serves on the board of directors of Target Corporation and U.S. Bancorp. He also is trustee emeritus of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and is a member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP).

Fernando Santos-Reis

Fernando Santos-Reis

Odebrecht Environmental

Fernando Santos-Reis has been CEO of Odebrecht Environmental since 2008. Odebrecht Environmental operates water and waste water systems benefiting 17 million people in Brazil, Angola and Mexico, and manages water supply and waste water for several large Brazilian industries. Santos Reis was born in 1964 in Rio de Janeiro and holds a degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA. He started his career with the Odebrecht Organization, the fourth largest private group in Brazil, as a trainee in 1984 and was soon hired as a senior engineer. 

In  1989 he was assigned to sites abroad as Project Manager, developing, structuring, financing and implementing large infrastructure projects. In 2001, Santos-Reis became CEO of Odebrecht’s operations in Ecuador and Panama. Five years later he returned to Brazil to lead Odebrecht Investments in Infrastructure. In 2007 Odebrecht Investments in Infrastructure was spun off into three major companies: Odebrecht Real State. Odebrecht Oil & Gas and Odebrecht Environmental.

Richard Damania

Richard Damania

Global Lead Economist, Water Practice
World Bank
Stuart Orr

Stuart Orr

Freshwater Practice Lead

Stuart Orr is the Leader of WWF’s Freshwater Practice, driving the freshwater strategy of the world’s largest independent conservation organisation. A global authority on water stewardship, Stuart has spent the past decade devising and testing innovative approaches to freshwater conservation at WWF by engaging business and finance, and focussing on emerging themes such as the water-food-energy nexus, economic incentives and water-related risk. He has written numerous scientific papers and mainstream publications on issues ranging from corporate water governance to fish protein in the Mekong. Stuart has also sat on various advisory panels and boards, including the World Economic Forum’s Water Security Council and the IFC’s Infrastructure & Natural Resources Advisory Steering Committee. Stuart holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia.

Simon Reid

Simon Reid

Sustainability Manager - Foods Plan A team
Marks and Spencer

Simon is a Sustainability Manager sitting within the Foods Plan A team at M&S. Simon joined the team in 2015 and focuses on water; this includes packages of work from water risk analysis, to strategy development and managing key partnerships.

Simon is a Chartered Environmentalist, holds a master’s degree in Environment and Development and has over 10 years of experience in the environmental sector.

Fran Hughes

Fran Hughes

Head of Programmes
International Tourism Partnership
Jack Moss

Jack Moss

Executive Director

Jack Moss is currently the Executive Director of AquaFed – The International Federation of Private Water Operators.  Mr Moss has 30 years of experience in the private sector side of the water services industry. This has taken him to work in water services development in many different situations and countries around the world. He is particularly interested in the commercial, institutional, human rights, regulatory and governance aspects of water supply and sanitation. He has written papers and made presentations in conferences on these subjects, including for the OECD, World Bank, United Nations etc.  Mr Moss has been a staff member of AquaFed since the organisation was constituted in 2005. Information on the mission and activities of AquaFed can be found at  He is chair of the water group of the BIAC (Business & Industry Advisory Committee to OECD). and has been an active contributor to the OECD’s work on water and related matters.  He was one of the initiators of the WBCSD water working group program/sector-projects/water.aspx and was spokesperson for Business Action for Water (BAW), representing the “Major Group – Business and Industry” in the 5th, 6th and 7th World Water Forum political processes, building on previous action of a similar kind in the World Summit on Sustainable Development 2002 in Johannesburg, the CSD 12,13, & 16 and Rio+20. He is AquaFed’s liaison person with UN Water, currently serving as a member of UN Water’s Task Teams on the water in the post-2015 Development Agenda.  During the past 5 years he has dedicated significant time to promoting water and related issues during the preparatory process and the UN “Rio+20” conference itself. This involvement has continued during the subsequent work of the Open Working Group and the contributions to this from UN Water.

Rob Auton

Rob Auton

Writer and performer
William Ambrose

William Ambrose

Global Head of Ownership Strategies
Norges Bank Investment Management

William Ambrose was named Global Head of Ownership Strategies on 1 October, 2014. Ambrose joined Norges Bank Investment Management in 2007.

Prior to joining Norges Bank Investment Management, Ambrose has worked with Storebrand Investment Management and as a consultant at SimCorp Norway.

Ambrose holds a master in economics and finance from BI Norwegian Business School.


Co-Chaired by (2)

Pilita Clark

Pilita Clark

Associate Editor and Business Columnist
Financial Times

Pilita Clark is an Associate Editor and Business Columnist at the Financial Times. She writes a weekly column on modern corporate life, as well as features and other articles. Pilita has worked for the FT since 2003, covering aviation and the environment. She was the FT's Environment Correspondent from 2011 to 2017. Pilita was previously a Washington correspondent for Australian newspapers and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack

Head of Curated Content
Financial Times

Andrew Jack has worked as a journalist for the Financial Times since 1990. He currently runs the curated content team, which picks the best news and analysis from the FT and the rest of the web. He was previously Deputy Editor of the Analysis section, Pharmaceuticals Correspondent, Moscow Bureau Chief, Paris Correspondent, Financial Correspondent, general reporter and corporate reporter. He is author of the books Inside Putin’s Russia and The French Exception, as well as numerous specialist reports, and has appeared on the BBC and other media outlets.

Who Attends?

The summit has been researched and designed for an international audience of:

  • Corporate CEOs
  • Corporate Heads of Sustainability and Water
  • Policy-makers
  • Manufacturers of water technologies, tools, solutions and software
  • Water utilities
  • Engineering companies
  • Banks and investors
  • Water consultancy firms

Why Sponsor?

  • Gain access to corporate decision makers looking for solutions to tackle water scarcity as a threat and nurture its business potential;
  • Brand alignment with the FT and its unrivalled credibility;
  • Demonstrate leadership around the crucial issue of the water resource and its business potential;
  • Benefit from sustained international visibility through our advertising and marketing campaigns.

Agenda - 27th Oct

  • 8:00am
    Registration & networking tea and coffee
  • 8:25am
    Co-chaired by

    Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent, Financial Times

    Andrew Jack, Head of Curated Content, Financial Times

  • 9:00am
    Co-chair’s opening remarks

    Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Opening Address and interview

    Water Security and Global Change

    Water is higher on the public agenda than at any time in a generation. Yet, in the clamour for headlines it is easy to lose sight of the deeply symbiotic relationship between water, finance, and the economy. Water is a key input to socio-economic growth and the development of water infrastructure and its management calls for more business investment in the broader water agenda.

    Drawing on global experience from the World Water Council and on practical experience from Sao Paulo, Benedito Braga will reflect on this relationship in an urbanizing world subject to climate variability and change. In particular, as we stand at the dawn of a new era of sustainable development goals and an impending global climate agreement, he will reflect on the role of the business and finance community in securing our water resources, adapting to a changing environment, and sustaining our social, economic, and environmental wellbeing and prosperity in the future.

    Benedito Braga, Secretary for Sanitation and Water Resources, the State of Sao Paulo and President, World Water Council

    Interviewed by

    Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:30am

    As demand edges closer to outstripping supply, water is becoming a significant strategic factor for companies in most sectors. This high-level panel brings together some of the biggest names in water productivity leadership to discuss the in-house strategies they are putting in place, and the collective action they are taking to translate water-related risk into opportunity. 

    Junaid Ahmad, Senior Director, Water, World Bank Group
    John Church, Executive Vice President - Supply Chain, General Mills
    Gary White, CEO and Co-Founder,
    Fernando Santos-Reis, CEO, Odebrecht Environmental 
    Claude Nahon, Senior Vice President, Sustainable Development, EDF

    Moderated by

    Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    Strengthening the Fiscal and Regulatory Environment at the International, National, and Local Level

    Anthony Cox, Deputy Director, Environment Directorate, OECD 


  • 10:45am
    Corporate Keynote: Water, Prosperity and the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development

    In 2014, SABMiller launched ‘Prosper’, its new sustainable development strategy. Amongst other commitments, the company pledged that by 2020 it will secure the water supplies it shares with local communities through partnerships to tackle shared water risks. Ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (Goal 6) can release untapped prosperity at every level of society: from rural livelihoods, through to company growth and for entire national economies.

    Around the world SABMiller has a number watershed protection programmes, from the US to South Africa and Zambia. Some support breweries, and others strategic crop growing areas. These projects are making good progress, but there is a significant challenge to achieve meaningful scale. The new Global Goals offer the opportunity for reinvigorating efforts around effective partnerships, helping to drive scale and call for more integrated thinking around the breadth of water issues, from cities and WASH, to agriculture and ecosystems.

    Anna Swaithes, Director of Sustainable Development,SABMiller

  • 11:00am
    Networking tea and coffee break
  • 11:30am
    Collective Action on the Yangtze: Is China’s ‘Silent Spring’ Enabling Water Security?

    Starting with China’s 12th Five-year Plan (2011-2015) and accelerating as the 13th plan is under development, the government has strongly focused on the environment tied to economic development under the principal of ‘quality growth.’  Water, in particular has been a focus, with targets on reductions in pollution and increases in efficiency and productivity (such as ‘more crop per drop’).  Alongside these efforts, the government has been more strict issuing pollution fines and broadening the remit of the courts, including civil tort reform. 

    The media has followed suit giving the public greater transparency.  Awareness of water challenges, growing concern of pollution and scarcity, and demand for action by the public has brought China into their own ‘Silent Spring.’  In this setting, The Coca-Cola Company and partners are building on their eight-year history of work on the Yangtze River to significantly scale the scope and intended impact of efforts toward a secure Yangtze.  Progress and challenges to date will be reviewed followed by on-going and planned work.  The critical theme of collective action will be highlighted across actors from government, civil society and the public, to industry and agriculture.  Two key questions will be addressed throughout: (1) can this fast-maturing ‘silent spring’ catapult actions on the Yangtze?; and (2) what unique role can industry play?

    Greg Koch, Head of Water, The Coca-Cola Company

  • 12:00pm
    PANEL: The Investment Perspective

    What should companies with operations or value chains in sectors and regions that are exposed to water scarcity, water pollution and other water-related be doing more of to meet the evolving expectations and requirements of investors?

    Upmanu Lall, Alan & Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering, Director Columbia Water Center, Columbia University
    Giulio Boccaletti, Global Managing Director, Water, The Nature Conservancy
    Cate Lamb, Head of the Water Programme, CDP

  • 12:40pm
    Water: The Alternative View

    Rob Auton, Writer and Performer

  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm
    'View from the Top' Interview

    Pio Wennubst, Assistant DG, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation

  • 2:30pm
    New Expectations on Water Management directed at Companies

    William Ambrose, Global Head of Ownership Strategies, NBIM

  • 2:45pm
    In conversation: Managing water through complex and fragmented supply chains

    Chris Brown, Global Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Environment Manager, Olam International

    Michael Alexander, Head of Environment, Water, Agriculture Sustainability, Diageo

  • 3:30pm
    Water Tables: Addressing Shared Water Challenges through Collective Action

    A dynamic, participant-led session, hosted in small, mixed groups, with a maximum of 12 delegates per group. This is an opportunity to think freely around challenges, contribute to the debate, and network and exchange ideas with peers across the water value chain. 


    Greg Koch, Head of Water, The Coca-Cola Company
    David Grant, Senior Manager, Water Risks and Partnerships, SABMiller
    Stuart Orr, Head of Water Stewardship, WWF
    Fran Hughes, Director, International Tourism Partnership
    Simon Reid, Sustainability Manager Foods Plan A Team, Marks and Spencer 
    Nick Hepworth, Executive Director, Water Witness

  • 4:30pm
    PANEL: At Water’s Edge

    Collaborators from the water value chain discuss the day-to-day challenges they face, and some of the solutions they’ve come up with.

    Lisette Provencher, Senior Vice President, Operations Support, SUEZ North America
    Jack Moss, Executive Director, AquaFed 

  • 5:00pm
    Closing keynote

    How can business achieve growth in an era of water scarcity? Ecolab is on the ground at more than one million customer locations globally and is seeing a mindset shift - business is starting to think of water as a contributor to value creation, and make proactive water management decisions before policy demands action. Current technology can significantly reduce industrial water use - a risk-adjusted price for water helps drive priority investments that save money and enable growth. Industrial automation and data analytics are providing much-needed insights. We can take action now to secure or future prosperity.

    Doug Baker, CEO, Ecolab

Founding partner (1)

The World Water Council is an international multi-stakeholder platform organization, founder and co-organizer of the World Water Forum. The World Water Council's mission is to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, including the highest decision making level, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life on earth. The World Water Council, headquartered in Marseille, France, was created in 1996.It brings together over 300 member organizations from more than 50 different countries.

Strategic partner (1)

A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2015 sales of $13.5 billion and 47,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.

Lead Sponsor (1)

The GPFG was set up to support saving for future government spending and underpin long-term considerations in the use of Norway’s oil revenue. NBIM manages the Fund on behalf of the Ministry of Finance, which owns the Fund on behalf of the Norwegian people. NBIM’s mission is to safeguard and build financial wealth for future generations.

The Fund is invested in international equity and fixed income markets, and real estate. The aim is to have a diversified investment mix that will give the highest possible long-term return within the guidelines set by the Ministry.

Responsible investment is an integral part of NBIM’s management mandate.

Associate sponsors (2)

Odebrecht Environmental is the water and environmental engineering arm of the Odebrecht Group - a Brazilian multinational conglomerate founded in 1944, with diversified business operations in 23 countries and over 160.000 employees.

Founded in 2008, Odebrecht Environmental is the largest private operator of water and wastewater in Brazil, where it is present in 12 states and over 180 municipalities. The company also has operations in Mexico and Angola.

Offering innovative solutions in the areas of water and wastewater, industrial utilities and waste management services, Odebrecht Environmental directly impacts the lives of almost 17 million people, improving their social well-being, promoting environmental stewardship and contributing toward the conservation of natural resources.

AquaFed, the International Federation of Private Water Operators, is a not-for profit association set up to connect international organisations with private sector providers of public water and sanitation services. Membership is open to all privately controlled companies irrespective of their size or location. It represents its members on the international scene, aiming to fulfil three prime missions:

1 - To provide a channel of communication between private water and wastewater service providers and key international stakeholders

2 - To contribute to solving the world’s water problems by working with the international community and sharing the expertise of the private operators

3 - To promote the option of private sector participation in water and wastewater management as a solution that public authorities can choose.

The worldwide footprint of private sector operators is often overestimated. At the same time the significant contribution of private sector operators to public health, sustainable development and performance improvement is greatly underestimated. The members of our Federation serve the majority of those people (approximately one in ten) who get water from private companies that are mandated and regulated by governments. 

Supporting Partners (4)

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is committed to galvanizing the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. The WBCSD provides a forum for its 200 member companies – across all business sectors, and with a combined revenue of more than $8.5 trillion, and 19 million employees - to share best practices on sustainable development issues and to develop innovative tools that change the status quo. 

British Water is the lead business development organisation for the UK water and wastewater industry, representing just under 200 of the most active companies in the sector. Our diverse membership is able to deliver custom-made solutions to all technical, financial, legal or administrative specifications for global water and wastewater projects. With this in mind British Water facilitates introductions to international buyers through organising UK based networking meetings, overseas business visits and helps companies attend the leading water and wastewater international conferences and exhibitions. British Water is delighted to be supporting the FT Water Summit 2016 and to be part of the debate on the effects of increasing urbanisation, climate change, water security, water scarcity, tariff reforms and innovations for domestic and industrial users.

We are a global partnership dedicated to promoting the responsible use of freshwater. We do this through an internationally-consistent water stewardship system that drives, recognizes and rewards improved water stewardship performance. At the heart of our work is the INTERNATIONAL WATER STEWARDSHIP STANDARD (the AWS Standard) which provides a voluntary framework for major water users to understand their water use and impacts, and to work collaboratively and transparently for sustainable water management within a catchment context. The AWS Standard was developed through a four-year, global multi-stakeholder process. Our network of regional partners allows global consistency to team up with local expertise. Our innovative approach makes water stewardship accessible to stakeholders from industry, agriculture, public sector and civil society, and puts us at the leading edge collective responses to water challenges.

WssTP is the recognized voice and promotor of water-related RTD and innovation in Europe. WssTP strives to increase coordination and collaboration, to enhance the performance of the water service providers, water users, and technology providers, in a sustainable and inclusive way and to contribute to solving societal challenges through RTD&I. With 187 members across Europe on board, WssTP is recognised by the European Commission as the industry-led European Technology Platform(ETP) for Water.

Discussion Topics

  • Managing water through complex and fragmented supply chains
  • Moving from site focused water use management to collaborative water basin management
  • Developing metrics and standards of practice
  • The application of the Internet of Things in the context of water management
  • Shared water risk within catchments and what companies can do to lead the responses
  • The challenge of moving water from the ‘sustainability’ office, to C-level/corporate strategy
  • Corporate industry collaborations to incubate and support new technology waterpreneurs


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