CERES – Aqua Gauge

Launched in 2011, the Aqua Gauge is the outcome of a collaboration between Ceres, WBCSD, Irbaris and the IRRC Institute. It provides a framework and methodology for companies to engage with institutional investors on water risk and opportunity management. It is also a resource to inform companies of their shareholders disclosure needs.

Backed by investors managing over $2 trillion in assets, the framework was the result of a wide consultation involving representatives from over 50 financial institutions, companies, conservation groups, and other organizations active on water-related issues.

What is it?

Aqua Gauge is an Excel-based tool and associated methodology that provides companies with a picture of leading practice in water management, and a means to assess their own performance and progress. Leading practices are defined and grouped around four broad types of activity:

  1. Measurement
  2. Governance and management
  3. Stakeholder engagement
  4. Disclosure

Who is it for?

  • Corporations in water-intensive sectors seeking to engage the investment community and to develop more robust water management strategies.
  • Portfolio managers and analysts seeking to better understand and mitigate potential exposure to water-related risks in their equity portfolios.
  • Corporate governance specialists at pension funds and asset management firms interested in engaging portfolio companies on how they are managing water-related risks and opportunities.
  • Investment advisors that provide services to asset owners seeking to integrate consideration of water and other sustainability risks and opportunities into their investment strategies.
  • Financial & ESG data providers interested in providing their clients with more robust analytics related to corporate management of water risks and opportunities.

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Mark Harper
Author: Mark Harper
Mark was project manager of China Water Risk for 2013. Articles written under his tenure are those of China Water Risk. Mark has worked for nearly a decade managing corporate/NGO partnerships focused on environmental engagement and corporate sustainability. He was previously the programme manager for Earthwatch Institute and Flora & Fauna International. Mark has extensive experience organizing hands-on conservation and educational projects for corporates, schools and communities. He has lived and worked in Sri Lanka, Oxford, Hong Kong, Boston and London. Separately, Mark actively pursues his interest in environmental conservation, by volunteering to monitor great white sharks in California to conducting research on rhino census in South Africa. Mark believes that change is only possible through the collective action of the corporate and investment communities.
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