CDP Water

CDP Water: An important sustainability reporting on the rise

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In 2010 CDP started to invite companies to report on water-related risks and opportunities, according the growing expectations by investors, civil society and NGOs for transparency and quantitative measurement of progress. The goal is to catalyse action on corporate water stewardship to safeguard water resources and address the global water crisis.

The CDP water program responds to the ever-growing need to address the global water crisis. Many regions of the world suffer water shortages – and as a result, companies are asked to disclose their impacts on climate change and, more specifically, their water management practices.

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Since 1999, DFGE has been working as a carbon footprint and ecology expert for small and medium-sized companies as well as for Fortune 500 corporations. DFGE is a CDP silver climate change consultancy partner. We help companies to participate in the CDP programs – from carbon, supply chain to the water program.

Depending on your company’s needs and goals of CDP participation, we provide the following dedicated service packages for the CDP Water Program:

CDP response evaluation – final check for your data

cdp water response evaluation
Only a few companies who started early to collect and report water data to CDP have already reached the level of water stewardship. Many companies are just starting to integrate water data and related risks in their corporate strategies. These are rated by CDP into the scoring levels of “Disclosure”, “Awareness” and “Management” (see graphic on page1). Independent of these scoring levels we can support you in your CDP water program submission with our DFGE Response Review.

  • Check of all responses prior to submission
  • Documentation of results in a presentation & feedback call
  • Fixed price

CDP Water Awareness Package – successful from the beginning on

cdp water awarenessYou are not prepared for the invitation to the CDP water program? You’re lacking capacities and knowledge for this sustainability reporting?

We’ve put together a service package of basic suport including the preparation of your responses at “Awareness” level. We determine your company’s relative exposure to water risks and impacts and calculate your water withdrawal at site. By this we address questions like where your production is facing issues of water scarcity or how your tier-one suppliers are affected by water resources. The UN water category “Basic” is used in this process as a benchmark.

  • Questions / answers on the “awareness” level
  • Calculation of water consumption on site
  • Risk assessment

CDP Water Management Package

cdp water awarenessYour company plans to move towards good water management with the goal to establish leadership over time? You’re looking for expertise to improve your CDP scoring?

Our water management package supports your company with answers to the CDP questionnaire at “Management” level. We consult you in policy development, governance and target setting as well as in identifying your stakeholder interests and external engagement. Our services include detection of water consumption, water withdrawal by source type and in your value chain. Also here we relate to the UN category “advanced” as a supporting benchmark.

  • Completion of the questionnaire
  • UN Water Advanced
  • Water Footprint
  • Water Management

Services – individual & modular

We consult you on an individual basis, providing internal trainings for your team, but also workshops and subtasks during the CDP participation.

  • Workshops & trainings
  • Tailor-made consulting services
  • Validation of your responses

Your advantages:

  • Being an official CDP Silver Climate Change Consultancy Partner, we know the methodology of CDP
  • Save time and effort and make use of our expertise
  • We have been supporting well-known CDP participants and helping them to improve their answers for a better CDP performance for many years now
  • We can help you to hold your supply chain to account, and we can support also their CDP participation.
  • We take care of our customers in an integrated way – your CDP participation is just one part of CSR. Our Sustainability Intelligence solutions create transparency and synergy, no matter in which reporting initiative you participate.
  • We do not see ourselves as consultants which accompany you for months on site and conduct long lasting projects, but in contrast as trainers or service providers – in order to minimize resources you have to invest for a successful CDP participation.
  • Also, we are not an advertising company which makes your charts look more beautiful. Originally, we come from science, and that still influences the way we work today.
Why a report about water?

CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) plays a central role in driving companies and their suppliers worldwide to report on carbon and climate change risks and opportunities. Companies voluntarily respond to the CDP’s questionnaire, and develop carbon and climate change mitigation and adaption strategies.

In 2010 CDP started to invite companies to report on water-related risks and opportunities, according the growing expectations by investors, civil society and NGOs for transparency and quantitative measurement of progress.

The goal is to catalyse action on corporate water stewardship to safeguard water resources and address the global water crisis.

What should be paid attention to?

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) builds on basic information on water resources and use. Today the nomenclature surrounding water information is yet not fixed and allows different interpretations leading to confusion.

Besides CDP the United Nations (UN) are working on International Recommendations for Water Statistics (IRWS) to help strengthen national information systems for water in support of design and evaluation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) policies.

IRWS was adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) at its 41st session in 2010.

Benefit of a good score

“A good score will communicate to all stakeholders that good water stewards are superior, forward-looking companies with a sound understanding of their risk profile. A company that can demonstrate long-term resilience in the face of water challenges through proactive and collaborative engagement at the watershed level is therefore a sound investment prospect.”

States Cate Lamb, head of the CDP’s water program stated in an interview with green biz.

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