Water stress increases with, for example, pollution, water scarcity, climate change, diseases and conflicts. Some of these factors also contribute to unhealthy oceans and bleached coral reefs. There is an urgent need to address the water issues also from the investment perspective, looking at the alternatives for companies we are invested in. Companies in our portfolios need to address the fresh water challenges, as well as other SDGs. Problems with water availability, quality or disputes connected to water will risk having material operational impact also on the companies. When we investors address this risk, we can catalyze for positive change.
In our commitment, formed by individual investors but within the framework of Swedish Investors for Sustainable Development (initiated by Sida), we focus the activities around Goal 6. Following the principle of source to sea this, to some extent, also connects to Goal 14. We will study and address the fresh water risks in our portfolios and stimulate towards best practices.
We have taken a joint initiative in order to understand the barriers for investments in water infrastructure in Sweden, by commissioning a report that maps the issuers' knowledge and prerequisites to contribute to the solution. The objective of this report is: to raise political awareness around the issue, to demonstrate the need for increased technical project management capacity at a local level, and to show that there is available capital as well as a clear interest to invest in the solutions.
We are all committed to, in different ways, making best water practices part of the agenda for our dialogue and corporate governance.
In addition, AP7 has identified a list of companies that they and some of us will be addressing in a broad engagement process where the target is to find ways of best practices and improved water management.
Indicators that will be used to measure progress include level of means of responsibility for water issues at board level, water policy applied, targets for water consumption and pollution levels, local community impacts.
Our expectations and aspirations are to see progress for more effective water management. As investors we can catalyze for positive change and stimulate companies to improved performance and a more sustainable and resilient water use. It is our duty to address those urging issues. We and the industries owe it to our children and future generations. We owe it to the planet.
Through a two year long engagement catalyze work for better water management and best practice in the industries of mining, garment and food & beverage globally, and a special focus on developing countries
Stimulate for improved water performance, for company boards to take responsibility for the water issues and better water management, to stimulate for targets for water consumption, targets for pollution levels and with an impact on local communities.
Report and study to understand the barriers for investments in water infrastructure in Sweden. To raise political awareness around the issue, to demonstrate the need for increased technical project management capacity, to show that there is available capital as well as a clear interest to invest in the solutions.