Resources

Water Stewardship Projects

Working with Industry

US multi-national Ecolab was the first to have a site certified to the AWS Standard in 2015. Australian poultry producer Ingham’s quickly followed. Both have continued to show strong support and worked to promote the system to peers, customers and suppliers. Today 17 sites are registered as undertaking certification from the food and beverage industry, chemicals, papermaking and dyeing. The sites are located in South Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. In addition there are a large number of sites currently preparing themselves to start the process. The experience of both Ingham’s and Ecolob was that AWS certification improved plant performance, both environmental and financial, improved staff morale and engaged both sites in outreach on water issues to their local communities, customers and suppliers.

Working with Agriculture

Global commodities producer Olam was the first to certify an agricultural site. It certified a coffee plantation in Tanzania and has stated it plans to continue to rollout AWS Water Stewardship through its operations. A group of 24 Columbian coffee growers and a small demonstration farm near Hangzhou in China are currently registered for certification. A large mixed broad acre farm in the Northern Murray Darling Basin (Australia) is currently undertaking certification. AWS has been working with retailer Marks & Spencer to engage its African horticulture supply chain in good water stewardship. It is currently working with Peruvian asparagus growers. WSA is working with two irrigation trusts or collaborations (about 500 farms each) in Australia and New Zealand. AWS has also worked with Hindustan Unilever Foundation on engaging village level farmers in good water stewardship in the Indian State of Gujarat.

Working with Supply Chains

WSA is currently working with the Australian textile and fashion industry to identify first and second tier suppliers that have the greatest water risks (catchment and operational risks). The project is focused on suppliers in the Indo-Pacific region. AWS is working with German supermarket chain Edeka to bring their Spanish and North African supply chain into the water stewardship system. It is also working with UK retailer Marks & Spencer in Africa and Swiss retailer Co-op in Latin America.

Working with Governments

AWS is currently working with the German and British governments (through GIZ) in Africa, the Australian Government (Australian Water Partnership) in the Indo-Pacific region and the Swiss Government in Peru. It works domestically with governments in Africa, China, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Latin America. It is in discussion with governments in South East Asia, South Asia and Central Asia.

Working with Schools

Funded by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, WSA have resources to specifically work with schools interested in water stewardship. We are forming a global schools water stewardship network. We have connected Somerville Secondary College with Zhongce Vocational School in Hangzhou, China and are developing an online schools water stewardship forum. See here for more information about the schools program.

Other Applications

AWS has worked with the mining industry in South Africa (the principles of AWS Water Stewardship are promoted by the International Council on Mining and Minerals). It is also working with public facilities such as golf courses that are substantial water users. Local government has expressed an interest.

Working with Supply Chains

WSA is currently working with the Australian textile and fashion industry to identify first and second tier suppliers that have the greatest water risks (catchment and operational risks). The project is focused on suppliers in the Indo-Pacific region. AWS is working with German supermarket chain Edeka to bring their Spanish and North African supply chain into the water stewardship system. It is also working with UK retailer Marks & Spencer in Africa and Swiss retailer Co-op in Latin America.

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