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“To avoid Day Zero, collective action is needed to protect our common waters”

The strength of CWR is its growing informal network of International, Hong Kong and China based organizations that share a common interest in protecting our precious water resources. Our partners vary across projects and focus areas and comprise of a range of diverse stakeholders in environmental protection, including, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, academia and international-organizations. We treasure our partners; we will not be here without them – see all partners or explore partners by focus area.

In addition, CWR has a network of close to 300 contributing writers who provide expert opinions and up to date information on different aspects of water and climate risks. They range from academics, investors, business managers, corporate leaders, industry experts to NGOs. Check out our contributors.

Although we strive for change, there is a constant – our funders. We are grateful to our sponsor The ADM Capital Foundation, who had the foresight to incubate this initiative and to our core funders The Rockefellers Brothers Fund and RS Group. Their support throughout our journey has been invaluable. See our funders.




Our Partners

All our partners are listed below. To see partners we work with in specific focus areas, please explore our focus areas.

The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is a multi-stakeholder organization dedicated to enhancing water stewardship capacity, and guiding, incentivizing and differentiating responsible water use.

Business for Social Responsibility: works with its global network of over 250 member companies to develop sustainable business strategies and solutions.

CDP Water: CDP Water Disclosure gathers critical water related information on behalf of over 350 investors to drive investment towards sustainable water use.

Center for Water Resources Research, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, the national research institute of China.

Ceres works with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. It aims to transform the economy to build a sustainable future for people and the planet.

China Dialogue: is a bilingual source of news, analysis and discussion on all environmental issues with a special focus on China.

China International Water Law: As part of the Xiamen International Water Law Research Group at Xiamen University, CIWL is a research resource collecting and sharing relevant treaties and laws.

Circle of Blue: is a leading non-advocacy news and science organization reporting on the world’s resource challenges – with particular focus on water, food, and energy.

Civic Exchange: is an independent Hong Kong-based public policy think tank that was established to promote civic education amongst members of the community.

CSR Asia: is social enterprise which provides of information, training, research and consultancy services on sustainable business practices in Asia.

The Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO) is an institution affiliated to the Ministry of Ecology & Environment of China. It’s mandate is to coordinate and manage cooperation with international organisations.

Friends of Nature: is one of the oldest environmental NGO in China working to promote environmental awareness about China,s most pressing environmental problems.

Future 500: is organisation linking corporations and NGOs to advance sustainability.

Global Greengrants Fund: unites action for environmental justice by enabling people to support grassroots projects across the globe.

The Green Finance Committee (GFC) of the China Society for Finance and Banking is set up to drive green finance in China.

The Hong Kong Productivity Council is a multi-disciplinary organization established by statute in 1967 to promote productivity excellence through the provision of integrated support across the value chain of HK firms.

International Rivers: is a non-profit, non-governmental, environmental and human rights organization with a focus on protecting rivers and defending the rights of communities that depend on them.

Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE): aims to expand environmental information disclosure to allow communities to fully understand the hazards and risks in the surrounding environment, thus promoting widespread public participation in environmental governance.

Natural Resources Defense Council: US environmental action organization and was the first international environmental organization to establish clean energy and green building programs in China.

Pacific Environment: aims to protect the living environment of the Pacific Rim by promoting grassroots activism, strengthening communities and reforming international policies.

SustainAsia: assists investors, as well as high potential developers, technology and service companies in the clean technology (cleantech), natural resources, eco-efficiency, environment and energy infrastructure sectors, to accelerate their growth and deliver superior returns to investors.

SynTao: consulting company that focuses on promoting corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investment in China.

SynTao Green Finance is a leading consultancy providing professional services in green finance and responsible investment in China

SFI is an initiative dedicated to advocating sustainable finance in Hong Kong by developing a knowledge and convening platform for investors and other stakeholders to connect, learn and take collective actions.

The Third Pole is a forum for information and discussion about the Tibetan plateau and the rivers that originate there.

Thirst: tackles the world’s water scarcity crisis by educating and engaging the next generation of global consumers. It is an initiative of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders.

United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative: the UNEP FI Work on Water builds on the need to create awareness and capacity among the financial community in order to promote their proactive approach towards water issues.

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environmental Forum (CEF): has created projects, events and exchanges that bring together leading experts to explore the most imperative environmental issues in China.

World Resources Institute: environmental think tank and nonprofit organization working on climate, energy & transport, governance & access, markets & enterprise and people & ecosystems.

Our Funders

CWR is a non-profit initiative of The ADM Capital Foundation and receives core grant support as well as project support from the following funders. CWR also receives funding for commissioned research and risk assessments from financial institutions and corporates; these funders are not reflected below. Please contact us if you would like to support our work!

sponsor & core funding

The ADM Capital Foundation (ADMCF) has incubated and sponsored the founding of CWR. ADMCF supports CWR through core grants and the provision of office space. ADMCF is an impact driven foundation focused on making change in Asia across five key areas: marine ecology, water security, air quality, wildlife trade and forestry conservation finance. ADMCF has tax exempt status under Section 88 of the Hong Kong Government Inland Revenue Ordinance. It also has received 501(c) (3) charitable status in the United States. See www.admcf.org

core funding

The Rockefellers Brothers Fund (RBF) has funded CWR since 2013. Originally funds were project focused but as CWR grew, RBF support evolved into core grants allowing CWR the flexibility to drive funding to areas that can catalyse maximum impact given the fast-moving environmental landscape in China. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. It has 501(c) (3) charitable status in the United States. See www.rbf.org

core funding

RS Group has been a core funder of CWR since 2013, allowing CWR the flexibility to drive funding to areas that can catalyse maximum impact. RS Group is a family office that focuses on sustainability. It believes that it in new, collaborative approaches to investment, business and philanthropy are needed if we are going to build a global community where social progress and economic development occur in harmony with nature. See www.rsgroup.asia

Project funding

The C&A Foundation supported CWR’s work to bring about a change in the Fashion Industry towards a more circular economy in 2017. C&A Foundation is a corporate foundation to fundamentally transform the fashion industry. It works together with partners, to take collective action guided by its theories of change and principles of gender justice. See www.candafoundation.org

Project funding

The Hewlett Foundation supported the expansion of CWR’s water-energy-climate nexus work in 2014/2015 to bring about a low-carbon and water efficient future. The funds helped CWR hire dedicated staff to work in this space. The Hewlett Foundation funded alongside The Rockfellers Brothers Fund which managed the funding. For more on this please see www.rbf.org

Donors may choose to fund a particular aspect of our work but they do so with the understanding that they may not influence CWR’s content in any way.

A quick word on ethics. We recognize that the effectiveness of our work depends on CWR’s credibility, on producing work that is uncompromised by partisan politics, institutional or personal allegiances, or sources of financial support. While we run this public website (www.chinawaterrisk.org) that relies on support (in-kind and monetary) from donors and sponsors to provide content and to commission relevant research, there is always a clear separation between them and our content.