EIRIS' report “A drought in your portfolio: are global companies responding to water scarcity?” shows that 54% of 2,000 global companies analysed are exposed to water risks but take little or no action to mitigate them. Around half show no evidence of any management response to water risks whatsoever. EIRIS research findings include:
- 54% of 2,000 global companies are exposed to water risks, but only 0.22% have adequate management systems, policies and reporting mechanisms in place to tackle the risks;
- sectors such as oil & gas, mining, power generators, semi-conductor plants, retail chains and agriculture are heavily reliant on water and show high water risk exposure, and;
- of those companies exposed to water risks only 9.7% have set either short or long-term targets on water consumption. Furthermore, only 9.7% have set targets on water quality.
Randeep Sanghera, report author and lead water analyst at EIRIS, said "The era of cheap and easy access to water is coming to end for companies. This poses a potentially far greater threat to business than the loss of other natural resources, including oil, yet the majority of companies and investors remain unaware of the risks they face"…
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