Water Stewardship: Facilitating Business Action to Solve Water Challenges

Event Date: 
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 2:30pm to 5:00pm

This roundtable, in partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), is part of the pre-conference programming for the Foundation's 2014 Corporate Citizenship Conference. This event is free to attend for those attending the conference as well as those who are not attending. Attend the Water Stewardship Roundtable. Attend the Corporate Citizenship Conference.

A 2014 Pacific Institute and VOX Global survey of major U.S. corporations found that 60% of companies believe water challenges will negatively affect business growth and profitability within five years. Despite growing concerns, most companies are not increasing the breadth and scale of their water risk management practices. In fact, nearly 70% said their current level of investment in water management is sufficient. In this roundtable, in partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), participants will discuss key trends of a changing water world, and explore a framework for corporate water stewardship to create sustainable solutions that yield societal, environmental, and financial benefits.

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2:30-2:40 pm

Welcome, Overview, Speaker Introductions

  • Jennifer Gerholdt, Director, Environmental Initiatives, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

2:40-2:55 pm

A Framework for Responsible Corporate Water Stewardship

  • Jay Sherman, Lead Specialist, Freshwater Program, World Wildlife Fund-US

2:55-3:10 pm

Deepening Water Awareness and Knowledge of Risks & Impacts

  • Edwin Pinero, Senior Vice President for Sustainability and Public Affairs, Veolia

3:10-3:25 pm

Making the Business Case for Internal Action

3:25-3:40 pm

Accelerating Collective Action with External Stakeholders

  • Emilio Tenuta, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Ecolab

3:40-5:00 pm

Q&A Session

5:00 pm