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Water Stewardship and Business Value

Creating Abundance from Scarcity

By William Sarni, David Grant

Foreword by Stuart Orr

© 2018 – Routledge

136 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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The tangible value of increased water efficiency and reuse/recycling and improved social license to operate are moving more companies to adopt water stewardship strategies. This book frames the business value of water stewardship, including brand value, to stakeholders including consumers, customers, investors and employees.

The book shows that until recently the linkage between full business value and water stewardship has been missing from the corporate agenda. This linkage and value creation from a leading water stewardship strategy is increasingly important to socially responsible investors and "aspirationals" who value companies that have a social mission or focus to their overall business strategy. In general the largest portion of a company’s market capitalization is intangible value and understanding how a water stewardship strategy contributes to this intangible value is essential.

The authors include cases studies and a framework or path forward to guide companies as they seek to build leading water stewardship and corporate social responsibility strategies and drive full business value from this investment. The book establishes the linkage and value from an integrated water stewardship and business strategy and an approach for companies to follow.


"This thought-provoking book will undoubtedly spark debate. And that is exactly what water practitioners and business leaders need. The current narrative around water stewardship is not transforming business practices rapidly enough. It needs to be challenged. Water Stewardship and Business Value certainly does that and I recommend it to anyone interested in working with businesses to ensure that freshwater ecosystems and their services sustain people and nature." - Stuart Orr, Freshwater Practice Leader, WWF International

Table of Contents

Foreword by Stuart Orr


Part I: The Basics

Chapter 1: Why Water and Business Value?

Chapter 2: Valuing Water

Part II: Corporate Water Stewardship

Chapter 3: Water Stewardship Strategy

Chapter 4: Reputational Risk

Chapter 5: Water Stewardship and Brand Value

Part III: Value Beyond Water Stewardship: Creating Abundance

Chapter 6: Creating Abundance

About the Author

William Sarni is an internationally recognized leader on water strategy and innovation and CEO of Water Foundry, Colorado, USA based in Denver, Colorado, USA. He has authored numerous books and articles and presented on the value of water, innovations in digital water technology, the circular economy, and the energy-water-food nexus. He has been a water strategy advisor to private and public-sector enterprises and NGOs for his entire career. He has worked with multinational companies across a range of industry sectors in evaluating the technical viability and market potential of innovative water technologies, market entry strategies and M&A programs.

David Grant currently heads the Sustainable Development function for AB InBev’s Africa Zone based out of Johannesburg, South Africa. Prior to this, he was Senior Global Manager: Water Risk & Partnerships at SABMiller PLC, based in Woking, UK. He has over 18 years’ experience in sustainable development, delivering transformational social, environmental and economic programmes to ensure business continuity, brand protection and corporate leadership.

About the Series

Earthscan Water Text

This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to the study of water and water resources, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes main and supplementary textbooks, and is aimed at the growing number of students taking advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses on water-related topics. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Tim Hardwick, Senior Commissioning Editor (tim.hardwick@tandf.co.uk).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development