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 has worked for over a decade in the field of corporate sustainability and environmental engagement. At JS&S Hong Kong, Mark is responsible for managing the Group’s ESG disclosures as well as advising operating companies on their own ESG submissions. In addition to his work on reporting Mark is also responsible for assisting the Group on policy and strategy development. Mark has extensive experience of ESG disclosure standards such as GRI and the Hong Kong Exchange ESG Reporting Guide, as well as conducting sector focused benchmarking studies, corporate environmental management, as well as organizing hands-on corporate citizenship and CSR training programmes. Mark worked in a number of senior management roles before joining JS&S Hong Kong at high profile NGO’s including the Business Environment Council, where he was responsible for managing the organisations advisory services on ESG reporting and corporate sustainability strategy development. Mark was project manager of China Water Risk for 2013. Articles written under his tenure are those of China Water Risk.
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