IWC signs letter of commitment to UN Global Compact

IWC signs letter of commitment to UN Global Compact


The International WaterCentre (IWC) has signed a letter of commitment to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and endorsed the CEO Water Mandate.

IWC signs letter of commitment to UN Global Compact

IWC signs UN Global Compact

In committing to the Compact the IWC has expressed its intent to implement the Ten Principles and commit to making the UN Global Compact and its principles part of the strategy, culture and day-to-day operations of the company. As part of this commitment the IWC will seek to engage in collaborative projects which advance the broader development goals of the United Nations, particularly the Sustainable Development Goals. In line with this commitment the IWC has also endorsed the CEO Water Mandate.

The UN Global Compact

The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative that calls on companies to align their strategies and operations with the universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.

The Compact provides a principle-based framework, best practices, resources and networking to revolutionise how companies do business responsibly and keep commitments to society. The initiative believes that “by catalyzing action, partnerships and collaboration, we make transforming the world possible – and achieveable – for organisations large and small, anywhere around the globe.”

Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principle approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. By incorporating the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to people and planet, but also setting the stage for long-term success. View the Ten Principles here.

The CEO Water Mandate

There is a critical need to ensure sustainable access to water and sanitation around the world. In recognition of this and to strengthen the IWC’s commitment to the UN Global Compact, the IWC has endorsed the CEO Water Mandate.

The CEO Water Mandate is a UN Global Compact initiative that mobilises business leaders on water, sanitation and the Sustainable Development Goals. Endorsers of the CEO Water Mandate commit to continuous progress against six core elements of water stewardship and in so doing understand and manage their own water risks.

These six core elements are:

  1. Direct Operations
  2. Supply Chain and Watershed Management
  3. Collective Action
  4. Public Policy
  5. Community Engagement
  6. Transparency

As part of the CEO Water Mandate the IWC is actively looking to engage with partners through the Water Action Hub to share best and emerging practices and forge multi-stakeholder partnerships to address water challenges found in river basins around the world.

More information

For more information on the UN Global Compact or CEO Water Mandate please visit the UN Global Compact website.

If you are interested in finding out more about the IWC’s actions under the Compact and Mandate, Water Stewardship work or are interested in partnering through the initiative please contact us:

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