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  • Industry: CC&S
  • Type: Business and industry issue
  • Date: 10/26/2012

Water Scarcity: A dive into global reporting trends 

Sustainable Insight– Business Responses to Water Scarcity provides analysis of the corporate responsibility (CR) reports of the largest companies across 34 countries, including the world’s top 250 companies. The report finds that the majority of the world’s largest companies (60 percent) do not yet demonstrate a long-term strategy to deal with water scarcity in their CR reporting.

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Water scarcity has risen to the top of many corporate agendas over the past few years. In the face of dire predictions about dwindling supplies, a growing number of businesses are taking measures to become better stewards of this vital resource.


In this edition of KPMG’s Sustainable Insight we explore how the world’s major businesses are setting out their approaches to water scarcity via their key communication vehicles on corporate responsibility and sustainability. We investigate what they are reporting on and – sometimes more importantly – what they are not reporting on, and we draw out significant variances between sectors and geographic regions.


The results suggest that while most companies are at least paying lip service to the issue in their reports, far fewer are presenting a convincing picture of a thorough and robust response to the challenge.


You will also understand what best practice looks like; how – and why – they should improve their company’s response to water scarcity; and how they can communicate that response more effectively to their stakeholders.


We conclude with 10 key questions designed to help you develop and communicate strategic responses to the water scarcity challenge.

 

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