fiscal year 2008. The sectors, chosen for their heightened site-specific water accounting data for these facili-
exposure to water-related risks, include beverages, chemi- ties;
cals, electric power, food, home building, mining, oil and
gas, and semiconductors. With the exception of electric (4) Disclose water-related management strategies and
power and home building, the companies all operate systems;
globally. Company disclosures were scored on a 100-point
scale based on five categories of reporting: Water (5) Set and disclose water use and waste water pro-
Accounting, Risk Assessment, Direct Operations, Supply duction targets;
Chain, and Stakeholder Engagement. Chemical and
(6) Address water risks in the supply chain;
Homebuilding sectors were scored on a 112-point scale,
with the inclusion of an additional category, Opportunities. (7) Engage critical stakeholders; and
Only two companies scored above 40 points overall. (8) Seize opportunities, and communicate market
Diageo, the United Kingdom-based alcoholic beverage strategies to investors.
company, scored highest with 43 points; Xstrata, a
Swiss-based mining group, was a close second with The full report is available for free download from
42 points. The mining and beverage industries scored Ceres via the Web site at www.ceres.org/
highest in general. The home building sector scored Page.aspx?pid=592.
lowest, with an average score of only 9 points out of 112.
Source: BUSINESS AND THE ENVIRONMENT, Vol. XXI, No. 6,
The majority of companies surveyed appear to be June 2010, published by CCH Inc., a Wolters Kluwer busi-
aware of their exposure to water risks: 73% reported some ness. This article is reproduced with permission.
level of physical risk, such as drought; 67% disclosed
water-related regulatory risks; and nearly half reported
some level of litigation risk. However, less than 25% of the Five Steps to a Greener IT Supply Chain
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