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We believe that businesses are a key ally in overcoming the water challenges that communities, ecosystems and businesses themselves are facing, and there are many reasons why water matters to business. Water stewardship is an opportunity for all of these stakeholders to come together to find solutions to our shared water challenges.

Water stewardship journey

Water stewardship is a continuous journey, but we've set out a framework that identifies steps companies can take to better manage freshwater resources and become good water stewards. 

Importantly, steps four and five highlight the need for businesses to move beyond internal water management (which won’t be sufficient to mitigate water risk) and commit to sustainable management of shared water resources through collective action with other businesses, governments, NGOs and communities, and by influencing the rules that determine how water is managed. For businesses to become good water stewards, steps four and five are essential.

  1. Water awareness
  2. Knowledge of impact
  3. Internal supply chain and action
  4. Collective action
  5. Influence governance

Find out more about the water stewardship framework and our partnerships working on water stewardship

From Risk to Resilience report

This report examines the risks and opportunities facing UK businesses at home and internationally, and sets out how companies can use the water stewardship steps to tackle them.

Download the report (PDF)

WWF Water Risk Filter

This tool helps businesses understand where their main water risks might be and, importantly, what steps can be taken to tackle them.

View the Water Risk Filter

The Water Stewardship Journey for Businesses

Watch out. Water is rising. Is it rising up the global agenda. Are you ready?

With advice form WWF and M&S

Download the brochure (PDF)

Water Stewardship Resources for the UK

The Rivers Trust has recently launched the UK Water Stewardship service which supports businesses to take action through their local Catchment Based Approach Partnerships (CaBAs) in the UK.

Find out more on the Rivers Trust website.

The WaterLIFE project, which ran from 2014 to 2017, sought to tackle some of the big issues hindering UK rivers being classed as healthy, such as over-abstraction, pollution and unsustainable management. It included action in key catchments in England and a number of resources for business were developed through the project.

Visit the WaterLIFE legacy website to find out more.