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Environment & Sustainability

FT Water Summit

New approaches to protecting supply & reputation

London |
Speakers include:
Mark Edge

Mark Edge


János Áder

János Áder

President of Hungary

Benedito Braga

Benedito Braga

World Water Council


The FT Water Summit returns for its second year to look at how water intensive, demand-side corporates can significantly improve their water productivity. Chaired by Pilita Clark, the FT's Environment correspondent, the conference will look at water's various impacts on corporate operations, value chain, brand and growth prospects.

On the operational side, we'll seek out in-depth insights from leading corporate water practitioners on the do’s and don’ts of developing and implementing a corporate water strategy. We will also devote attention to how companies can benefit from leading collective action initiatives with stakeholders along the supply chains and in the catchment areas in which they operate.

This Summit is a must-attend event to discover what your peers are doing to improve water productivity in their organisations, and to participate actively in shaping and influencing the discussion around water scarcity.

fallback Add to my Calendar 10/12/2016 08:30:0010/12/2016 17:40:00trueFT Water SummitThe FT Water Summit returns for its second year to look at how water intensive, demand-side corporates can significantly improve their water productivity. Chaired by Pilita Clark, the FT's Environment correspondent, the conference will look at water's various impacts on corporate operations, value chain, brand and growth prospects.On the operational side, we'll seek out in-depth insights from leading corporate water practitioners on the do’s and don’ts of developing and implementing a corporate water strategy. We will also devote attention to how companies can benefit from leading collective action initiatives with stakeholders along the supply chains and in the catchment areas in which they operate.This Summit is a must-attend event to discover what your peers are doing to improve water productivity in their organisations, and to participate actively in shaping and influencing the discussion around water scarcity.FT-Water-Summit07c0f82af1ce956d38b220e80da7d4b3MM/DD/YYYY


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“Kudos to the FT for organising such an important topic” – Managing Director, Global Water Stewardship, Environment and Water Resources Department, Coca-Cola

“Useful concrete discussion, with a critical overview of waters role in realising a sustainable time” – Communications Outreach and Media Relations Manager, Stockholm International Water Institute

“With water issues continuing their relentless march up corporate agendas, this conference was a great chance to engage with the companies at the leading edge of these challenges” – Global Sustainability Network Director, PwC

“Excellent event with high level speakers using a range of key topics facing the global water industry” – International Director, British Water


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Speakers (15)

Mark Edge

Mark Edge

Director of Collaborations for Developing Countries

Mark Edge is Director of Collaborations for Developing Countries for Monsanto Company. He currently leads the company’s collaboration with the WEMA public-private partnership project to improve food security and rural livelihood among smallholder maize producers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The project develops new drought-tolerant and insect pest-protected maize hybrids and provides the technology royalty-free. It helps build technical capacity in Africa to use conventional and molecular breeding as well as biotechnology. Mr Edge grew up on a corn, soybean and livestock farm in Iowa.

His background before joining Monsanto includes experience in biotech research; many aspects of managing seed business development as well as the grain export business. He has a B.S. from Iowa State University, a M.S. in Genetics from the University of California at Davis, and an MBA from Drake University.

János Áder

János Áder

President of Hungary

János Áder has served as Hungary’s head of state since May 2012. Upon the invitation by the UN Secretary General and the President of the World Bank Group, in January 2016, he joined the 10-strong High Level Panel on Water, a group made up by heads of state and government.

Under his auspices, the Budapest Water Summit, in 2013, defined details of the dedicated sustainable development goal on water (SDG6). In November Mr. Áder will spearhead the Budapest Water Summit 2016, at this time to focus on technologies, policies and finances required for the implementation of the water goal.

During his tenure as president, Mr. Áder has engaged himself in climate politics, too. Prior to the Paris climate conference he led a public awareness campaign in Hungary for a tough climate pact. Under his guidance Hungary was the first among the EU nations to pass legislation on the Paris Agreement.

Before his tenure as president, Mr. Áder served as a Member of the European Parliament and was Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.  He led efforts to ban the use of cyanide in gold mining and the establishment of the European Disaster Protection Fund. Mr. Áder was a member of the EP’s Water Intergroup, a cross-party forum to raise the profile of water in the EU decision making.

Mr. Áder graduated as a lawyer and was an early member of Fidesz, currently Hungary’s governing party. He was elected at three consecutive elections as an MP and between 1998-2002 was speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly. 

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.

Nitin Paranjpe

Nitin Paranjpe

President of Homecare

Nitin Paranjpe was appointed President of Unilever's Home Care business on 1st Oct 2013. Nitin joined Hindustan Lever Limited, India in 1987 and worked though various roles including Product Manager for Detergents and Sales head for Southern Region. In 1999 he was appointed as a member of the Project Millennium Team. In 2000, he moved to Unilever London, and was involved in a review of the organization structure. During 2001, he worked as Executive Assistant to the Chairman and Unilever Executive Committee. On his return to India in 2002, Nitin became the Category Head - Fabric Wash and Regional Brand Director (Asia) for Laundry and Household Cleaning (HHC). In 2004, he became Vice President for Home Care, India. He was appointed as the Executive Director for the Home & Personal Care, India in March 2006. In April 2008 he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Hindustan Unilever Limited, India and Executive Vice President for South Asia cluster. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Engineering (Mechanical) and MBA in Marketing from JBIMS, Mumbai. Nitin is married with 2 children and enjoys a game of golf in his leisure time.

Dave Stangis

Dave Stangis

Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer
Campbell Soup

Dave Stangis was named Vice President-Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer in March 2016. He reports to Denise Morrison, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Stangis designs Campbells corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability strategies, goals, policies, and programs. He now leads the Company’s strategies and external engagement related to CSR Strategy, Responsible Sourcing, Sustainable Agriculture, and Operational Sustainability. Working closely with other senior leaders, he is advancing Campbells operational and communication strategies in these areas.

He has helped the company achieve its place on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes and the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List, and recognition as one of the Worlds Most Ethical Companies.

Mr Stangis joined Campbell as Vice President-CSR and Sustainability in September 2008. In 2011, his role was expanded to include oversight of Community Affairs and the Campbell Soup Foundation. From 2011 to 2016, he served as Vice President – Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility and President of the Campbell Soup Foundation.

David Croft

David Croft

Global Sustainability Director

David Croft is Sustainable Development Director for Diageo, the global drinks company, where he is responsible for their work on environmental and social sustainability around the world, working with farmers, communities and manufacturers within an international supply network alongside Diageo’s global manufacturing and marketing teams. Diageo works closely with farmers in many countries, developing new supply networks to support local manufacturing. Previously with Waitrose, Kraft Foods, Cadbury and the Co-operative Group, Mr Croft’s roles included leading technical, marketing and sustainability functions in quality, safety, brand marketing, sustainability, and sustainable agriculture. He has led large multi- stakeholder partnerships on sustainable agricultural and community development, working with farmers, governments and NGOs locally and internationally in numerous initiatives to improve supply chain standards and sustainable agriculture across the food sector. He is also a member of the Food Ethics Council, and the Scottish Food Commission.

Csaba Kőrösi

Csaba Kőrösi

Director, Environmental Sustainability Directorate
Government of Hungary

In 2015 Ambassador Csaba Kőrösi joined the Office of the President of the Republic of Hungary as head of Directorate for Environmental Sustainability. He is also the chief advisor (Sherpa) to the President, a member of the High Level Panel on Water. From 2010 through 2014 has served as Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations in New York, and was Vice President of the 66 th General Assembly. He has co-chaired the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. Since 1983 when he joined the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he served in multiple positions, including Deputy State Secretary for Multilateral Diplomacy and Ambassador to Greece. He speaks English, French, Arabic and Russian. He has been decorated by Greece, Poland, Hungary, the Sovereign Maltese Order and has received the Elizabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy.

Cate  Lamb

Cate Lamb

Head of Water
Anders Lammerding

Anders Lammerding

Director, International Water Stewardship Programme
German Technical Corporation

André Lammerding manages the International Water Stewardship Programme since 2013 on behalf of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. He has more than 15 years experience working in the water sector running projects and public-private partnerships across several regions, having lived in Germany, Peru and Kenya. His experience includes working for private companies and consultancies. He gained a Master’s degree in economics at Cologne University.

Xavier Leflaive

Xavier Leflaive

Principal Administrator, Environment Directorate

Xavier Leflaive joined the OECD Environment Directorate in 2004, where he leads the Water Team. The programme of work covers a range of issues related to managing water as a driver for sustainable growth and development. Mr Leflaive leads work related to financing investment in water security, water pricing, allocating water across different users, policies to manage diffuse water pollution, and the management of urban waters.

Xavier Leflaive also steers national policy dialogues on water in selected countries, most recently Brazil, Korea, Mexico, and the Netherlands. These dialogues support ambitious policy reforms, related to financing water investment, changes in water allocation regimes, or putting a price on water.

Prior to joining the OECD, he served as a consultant, specialising in reviewing environment and regional development policies. Xavier Leflaive studied business administration and social theory in France, Canada and the UK. He holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Stuart Martin

Stuart Martin

Satellite Applications Catapult

Stuart was appointed CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult in January 2013.

Prior to this appointment, Mr Martin was a partner at Logica (now CGI), a large European business technology company where he was responsible for the worldwide space business, turning over more than £50M annually and employing over 300 staff, a position he had held since 2006. During his time at Logica, he held a range of engineering and management functions, mainly in the fields of satellite navigation and meteorological processing before moving onto more strategic business roles in 2003. More recently, he held the position of Vice Chair of UK Space, the UK trade association for space business, was a member of the council of Eurospace (the European equivalent), and was three-time chair of UK judges for the annual European Satellite Navigation Competition, also known as the Galileo Masters. Mr Martin holds a BSc in Physics (first class) from Imperial College and, in 2013, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the Institute of Physics.

Jean-Paul Penrose

Jean-Paul Penrose

Senior Advisor, Climate and Environment Department
Department for International Development

Jean-Paul Penrose is Senior Climate and Environment Adviser directing water security policy across DFID's £11 Bn development programme. He has worked in international development for 18 years primarily for DFID, leading programmes in Africa and the Middle East and including a secondment to the International Finance Corporation where he managed environmental and social safeguards in a forestry investment in Peru. As an independent consultant he led climate and environment projects for institutions including AFD, DFID, EC, UNDP, UNEP, Christian Aid and WWF. Before joining DFID he worked for the Environment Agency and its predecessor the National Rivers Authority leading on catchment management planning and environmental assessment of water infrastructure.

Amy Sharrocks

Amy Sharrocks

Museum of Water

Amy Sharrocks is a live artist, sculptor and film-maker who invites people to come on journeys in which their own experience, communication and expression are a vital part. She won the inaugural Sculpture Shock award from the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 2012 and was shortlisted in 2015 for an Arts Foundation Fellowship Award. For 10 years she has been investigating people and our relationship to water: she is well-known for her work SWIM (2007), where 50 people swam across London, and drift, where she took people one at a time to drift on swimming pools up and down the country. In 2013 she created the award-winning Museum of Water, which has toured the UK and Europe for 3 years, and was nominated for European Museum of the Year 2016.

Paul Simpson

Paul Simpson


Paul Simpson is the CEO and co-founder of CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project. Founded in 2000, CDP is a non-profit organization which created and operates the global disclosure platform for companies, cities, states and regions to measure, manage and share vital data on their environmental performance.

Mr Simpson sits on the board of We Mean Business, and is a council member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and the Global Stranded Assets Advisory Council for the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Prior to CDP, he worked with Chesham Amalgamations & Investments Ltd, the International Society for Ecology & Culture and is a former director of the Social Venture Network. He was previously on the Board of EIRIS, a member of the Global Agenda Council on Measuring Sustainability at the World Economic Forum and a High Level Panel Member for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Policy Dialogue.

Isabelle Juillard Thompsen

Isabelle Juillard Thompsen

Senior Analyst, Ownership Strategies
Norges Bank Investment Management

Isabelle Thompsen has worked with ownership strategies at Norges Bank Investment Management since 2013. Current responsibilities include responsible investment strategies, sustainability initiatives and analysis for integration of in the investment process. More particularly, Isabelle has worked on research related to climate change and water, leading the work on water management. Isabelle’s experience includes equity research, portfolio management and head positions in investment management companies in the U.S. and Norway.

Before joining Norges Bank Investment Management, Isabelle worked as Co-Head of hedge fund investments for Storebrand Kapitalforvaltning AS and was in charge of responsible investment strategies for alternative investments. Isabelle is a CFA charter holder, holds an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University, USA and a MSc Management, Finance, from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, Bordeaux, France.


Chair (1)

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.

Key Themes

It will be of particular interest to food and beverage companies, retailers, consumer goods, textile companies, energy companies, and semiconductor manufacturers, as well as policy makers, IFI’S, public and private water supply and sanitation operators.

As the global watershed finds itself under increasing pressure, water quality and scarcity issues pose acute business risk to most companies and industries. It impacts brand, credibility, credit rating, insurance costs - and bottom line. Access to appropriate water and access to waste water treatment is a prerequisite for economic development.  The consequences of inaction demand that we go beyond a business as usual approach.

Recent estimates indicate that annual investments in the order of 500 billion to 1 trillion USD dollars will be necessary, from now to 2030, to solve the problem of access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Properly managing water’s risks – both in internal operations, and through the supply chain – is vital to securing future supply and protecting reputation.

Increased investment in resilient and multi-purpose water infrastructure and more efficient water resources use and management is central to delivering water security globally.  Developing nations have a clear need for sustainable and bankable investment.  There are clear opportunities for sustainable business operations through innovations in investment.


Discussion Topics

  • Technology as an enabler: smart water management with ICT technology
  • The role of public/private partnerships outside CSR/philanthropy
  • On the operational side: 'view from the ground' case studies that highlight what’s worked, and what hasn’t worked.
  • Water governance and the role of the regulatory framework, especially in helping produce more innovation
  • Cross­sector collaboration
  • Financing water projects

Agenda - 12th Oct

  • 8:30am
    Registration and morning refreshments
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Presidential Opening Address

    János Áder, President of Hungary, and member of High Level Panel on Water 

  • 9:15am
    Keynote Address

    This keynote will focus on the critical importance of investing in multi-purpose water infrastructure. Global water security is essential for socio-economic growth and plays a major role in national security, trade and business.

    Benedito Braga, President, World Water Council and Secretary of State for Sanitation and Water Resources, State of São Paulo, Brazil

  • 9:30am
    OPENING PANEL - Water Management and Governance: Context and Challenges
    • The current state of play and implications for corporate water users in the light of recent developments
    • Water at the forefront of climatic changes
    • The role of the regulatory framework, especially in helping produce more innovation in water productivity
    • Implementation at national and local level of the SDGs, in particular Goal 6
    • Water and economic growth: understanding the socio-political-economy dimension

    Mark Edge, Director of WEMA Partnerships, Monsanto 
    Jean-Paul Penrose, Senior Advisor, Climate and Environment Department, Department for International Development
    Xavier Leflaive, Head of Water, OECD 

  • 10:15am
    Pre Panel Keynote: The Risks and Opportunities for Business in Water

    Water is a complex issue and major threat for a business like Unilever. It is also a transformational opportunity that can be unlocked when leveraging Unilever’s expertise in marketing, technology and consumer insights.

    Nitin Paranjpe, Homecare President and Head of Water Business, Unilever

  • 10:25am
    PANEL: Developing and Implementing a Successful Corporate Water Strategy: Types of Action; the Do’s and the Don’t’s

    Nitin Paranjpe, Homecare President and Head of Water Business, Unilever  
    Paul Simpson, CEO, CDP
    David Croft, Sustainable Development Director, Diageo
    Jean-Francois Roucou, Sustainable Performance Director, Pernod Ricard
    Geoff Townsend, Industry Fellow, RD&E Water, Ecolab

  • 11:10am
    Tea and Coffee break
  • 11:30am
    The 2030 Agenda: Strengthening Political Engagement for Water Issues

    Csaba Kőrösi, Director, Environmental Sustainability Directorate, Office of the President of the Republic of Hungary

  • 11:45am
    What Investors Want to See

    Norges Bank Investment Management manages the sovereign wealth fund of Norway.  its long-term mission creates a financial interest to promote long-term sustainability and efficient solutions to a number of environmental challenges. Responsible investments is an integrated part of the organisation's work.

    Climate change already provides serious water challenges, through increased supply variability and extreme events.  Insights from a broad range of disciplines are needed to manage and mitigate such risks.  Solutions will have to involve academia, politics, science & technology, and finance.

    Water management has been one of NBIM's focus areas since 2009. This presentation will outline the approach to water management. The session will provide a high-level overview of NBIM's Water Management Expectations to companies, practical steps to monitor companies’ disclosure on water management, and results over time.

    Isabelle Juillard Thompsen, CFA, Senior Analyst, Ownership Strategies, Norges Bank Investment Management

  • 11:55am
    PANEL: The Investment Perspective

    What new expectations does the investment community have in the context of demand-side corporate water use?

    Water rising in the boardroom

    - Producing more transparency around climate change and water risk

    Andre Lammerding, Head of International Water Stewardship Programme, German Technical Cooperation
    Nityen Lal, CEO,  Icos Capital 

  • 12:30pm
    Museum of Water

    Nominated for European Museum of the Year 2016

    Amy Sharrocks, Artist


  • 1:00pm
    Networking lunch break
  • 2:15pm
    FT Water: View from the Top Interview
    • Water rising in the boardroom
    • Managing water risk in the supply chain

    David Stangis, Vice President – Corporate Responsibility, Chief Sustainability Officer, Campbell Soup



  • 3:00pm
    Networking tea and coffee break
  • 3:20pm
    The Water Table Session

    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 discussion, and network and exchange ideas with peers across the water value chain. 

    (Each group will also be asked to generate at least one question for the 'Devil's Advocate' session at 16.40)

    Delegates take part in two 30-minute discussions.

    Water management using satellites: The high-level view
    Hosted by Stuart Martin, CEO, Satellite Applications Catapult 

    Technical approaches to water stewardship
    Hosted by Jonathan Abra, Knowledge Transfer Manager, Water, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

    Managing water through complex supply chains
    Hosted by Cate Lamb, Head of Water, CDP

    Data/information for improved water management: expanding the stock and increasing accessibility 
    Hosted by James Dalton, Coordinator, Global Initiatives, Water Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature-IUCN; and Peter Newborne, Research Associate, Water Policy Programme, Overseas Development Institute-ODI.  

    The challenge of moving water from the ‘sustainability’ office, to C-level/corporate strategy
    Nityen Lal, CEO, Icos Capital 

    Lisa Greenlee,  Director of Strategic Partnerships, WaterAid

  • 4:40pm
    The 'Devil’s Advocate' Session

    This session is designed not to ‘point the finger’ at individual companies, but rather to ask (and elicit answers from) the audience and the day’s speakers to some of the ‘trickier’ questions around what corporations are doing, or not doing, in the context of global water scarcity.

    Questions will be brainstormed during the Water Table session. The questions will be constructive, and will focus attention on how corporates are best placed to apply their expertise and business strengths to contribute to improved water management.

    In order to facilitate frank discussion, Chatham House rules will apply. Nothing said in this session will be directly quoted.

    Ulrike Sapiro, Sustainability Director, The Coca-Cola Company 
    Chris Brown, Vice-President, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Olam Group
    David Grant, Senior Global Sustainability Development Manager, SABMiller 
    Mark Edge, Director of Collaborations for Developing countries, Monsanto 

    With David Tickner, Chief Freshwater Adviser, WWF as our 'Constructive Critic'

  • 5:30pm
    Chair’s closing remarks followed by drinks reception



The challenge of moving water from the ‘sustainability’ office, to C-level/corporate strategy

C-level believes that water or separation technologies are a necessary cost of doing business, unless suddenly there is sense of urgency that relates to a PR issue, a sudden increase in the cost of doing business or a billion-$ opportunity.

Believers in the need to prioritize water up to the C-level would need to evaluate if this idea has validity and then roadmap a strategy. This session will focus on:

  • What are the burning platforms or market opportunity to raise profile of water to C-level 
  • Where is the data to back the burning platform
  • What is the roadmap to raise the sense of urgency and move water up to C-level

Nityen Ranjan Lal, Managing Director, Icos Capital


Water management using satellites: The high-level view

Our society is critically dependent on water, and the way that we collectively manage it impacts us all at home, at work and everywhere in between.  It’s often the interfaces between the different users of water, whether domestic, industrial or public policy communities where the challenges occur.  This roundtable discussion will investigate how you can use satellites to establish a ‘high-level view’ of the situation to help understand these challenges, as a route towards determining the solutions.  For example:

  • To improve water catchment management, by predicting agricultural run off and reducing need for large-scale water treatment
  • To enable better irrigation strategies, using large scale knowledge of soil moisture levels
  • To improve flood management
  • To monitor and mitigate risks associated with industrial waste water management (e.g. mine tailings)

 Stuart Martin, CEO, Satellite Applications Catapult  


Technical approaches to water stewardship

Regulation and governance, coupled with clear communication, good practice, monitoring and metering can go a long way towards addressing issues of water stewardship. One element of a corporate response to water risk is the use of technology in order to minimise water use, maximise efficiency and alleviate costs associated with treatment and disposal of effluent.

Often undervalued because of the low unit cost, water is often a proxy for other resources including energy, heat and chemicals. Businesses can overlook the benefits to be derived from innovation in the technology used to manage water. In this session we will look at:

  • how to encourage innovation
  • collaboration for innovation
  • funding for research and development

Jonathan Abra, Knowledge Transfer Manager, Water, the Knowledge Transfer Network


Cate Lamb, Head of Water, CDP


Lisa Greenlee,  Director of Strategic Partnerships, WaterAid


Data/information for improved water management: expanding the stock and increasing accessibility

First on the list of priorities for improving water management is better data on availability of water resources and their use. Information on availability of surface and ground waters, as well as ‘green water’ in the soil and plants, is currently lacking in many contexts. Without accurate water data - including at different times of the year (wet and dry seasons) - accounting for water management quickly becomes a guessing game. The heightened interest and involvement of private companies is an opportunity to better understand  how agricultural and industrial water consumption can be managed sustainably alongside other uses.  As part of learning from experience, the international standards for water stewardship recommend evaluation and disclosure of water stewardship performance, risks and benefits.

This roundtable will consider the steps that businesses and government are taking - and further need to take - in order to fill the information gap. Areas for discussion will include:-

  • measures to promote and incentivise data-sharing (including via pre-competitive fora);
  • processes for review of lessons learnt from water stewardship initiatives;  
  • developments in accounting practices and reporting codes.  

James Dalton, Coordinator, Global Initiatives, Water Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature-IUCN; and

Peter Newborne, Research Associate, Water Policy Programme, Overseas Development Institute-ODI.  


Why Attend?

  • Understand how to manage water through complex and fragmented supply chains
  • Develop metrics and standards of practice
  • Hear how to apply the Internet of Things in the context of water management
  • Discover how companies are leading initiatives to share water risk within catchments
  • Get to grips with the challenge of moving water from the ‘sustainability’ office, to C-level/corporate strategy

Who Attends?

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

  • Corporate CEOs
  • Corporate Heads of Sustainability and Water
  • Policy­makers
  • 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 and CSR impact around the crucial issue of the water resource and its business potential
  • Benefit from sustained international visibility through our advertising and marketing campaigns


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Presented by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Title Sponsor (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.

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 Sponsor (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.

Supporting Partners (4)

BlueTech Research is a global provider of water technology market intelligence, founded in 2011 as a subsidiary of O2 Environmental. Through our offices in North America and Europe, as well as our presence at conferences and meetings worldwide, we are in constant touch with innovators in the water industry, large and small. Our analysts use BlueTech's research framework—created specifically for the water industry—to combine data, primary research interviews and analytics to provide intelligence on demand.

Our team is comprised of leading industry experts in water technology market intelligence, Technology Market Research Analysts and an Environmental Technology Assessment Group (TAG) who enable us to be the premier source of actionable water market intelligence. Our clients include CTOs, Strategic Investors, New Business Development Leaders, M&A Groups and R&D Teams.

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.

Global Water Intelligence publishes newsletters and reports providing analysis and strategic data on the international water market. Its flagship publication, the monthly industry journal Global Water Intelligence (GWI), has established itself as the market- leading publication for developers, suppliers, financiers, governments, utilities and municipalities seeking information and analysis on water projects with an element of private sector participation.

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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.


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