Most businesses depend on and impact water in some way. At the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), many of our member companies across a wide variety of sectors are trying to solve the problem of ever-diminishing water supply. Read More
There’s an old Western phrase, “Whiskey’s for drinking; water’s for war.” The quip captures the significance of water—water is essential to life. It is also fundamental to economic well-being—with a nexus to food, energy, industrial production, and a host of goods and services. Read More
We all know that water is an essential part of healthy communities, thriving ecosystems, and robust economies. But why are businesses increasingly focused on water, looking for new ways to optimize water use, minimize pollution, and advance sustainable water management in the watersheds in which they operate?
We face a dilemma regarding our use of water. National polls in the United States consistently show an overwhelming majority of people from across the political spectrum care about the environment, and, over the last 20 years, they consistently rank protecting water as a top concern. This sounds promising when coupled with a recent national poll sponsored by The Nature Conservancy that revealed over 80 percent of Americans are willing to pay more to protect the environment. But, if you’ve ever watched your local water department try to raise the water rates you pay you know the response is almost universally negative; failing to keep water rates low can cost water commissioners or other officials their jobs. Read More