Business Alliance for Water and Climate


Name of initiative Business Alliance for Water and Climate Change (BAFWAC)
LPAA initiative Yes
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address
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Starting year 2015
End year
Secretariat Sébastien Pellion, SUEZ, Tour CB21 - 16 place de l’Iris, 92040 Paris La Défense, France, Tél : +33 (0)1 58 81 55 51, e-mail:

Focal points: Cate Lamb ( +44(0) 203 818 3970; Sébastien Pellion ( +33 (0) 6 59 44 87 90

Organisational structure The Alliance is led by the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, CDP (ex-Carbon Disclosure Project) Water, WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development) Water and the French company SUEZ.

The founding partners of this initiative hold monthly calls to progress the initiative and track progress against the agreed work plan. Actions set against the work plan are either undertaken as part of the ongoing work of each individual organization, or where needed, are funded via external resources.

Geographical coverage Global
Functions of Initiative Technical dialogue, Implementation
Main activities Knowledge production and innovation, Goal setting, Knowledge dissemination and exchange
Side activities Training and education of individuals
Name of lead organisation BAFWAC is jointly managed by the CEO Water Mandate, CDP, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) on behalf of the companies who sign its declaration.
Type of lead organisation Network/Consortium/Partnership
Location/Nationality of lead organisation France


Description "The declaration is a call to action and an executive leadership commitment from companies around the world to address urgent sustainable development challenges related to water and climate."
Goals "Implementation of all action plans designed by endorsing companies; Scaling-up potential of the initiative: to be built collectively.

This work will drive private sector action to improve water security in a range of countries. Results of a UNFCCC platform survey of 129 INDC’s indicates that improved water security is seen as fundamental to the success of almost all of these INDC’s:  82% of the published INDC’s identify the necessity to adapt to climate change: especially African, Latin American-Caribbean and Asia-Pacific countries.  92% of INDC’s identifying adaptation include the need to improve water security.  Improved water security is identified as the first priority area for adaptation, followed by agriculture and health.  4 main themes are mentioned for improving water security: Agricultural water; Water risk management; Integrated Management of Water Resource (IWRM); enabling access to drinking water.  Water actions are diverse in nature, with 3 priorities: infrastructure (network improvements, construction of dams, etc.), information systems (collection and transmission of data at local and national levels) and institutional /regulatory measures (e.g. building climate change considerations into National Plans for water)."

Activities "Depending on its level of maturity, each signatory company commits to join all or one of the three following levels of ambition

and describes the action taken: 1/ Analyze and share water-related risks to implement collaborative response strategies. 2/ Measure water footprint with existing standards. 3/ Reduce impacts on water availability and quality in direct operations and all along the value chain. The actor should also report on the progress to the CDP, which is one of the leading organisations for this initiative. Now have 235 projects covering 2152 locations."

Monitoring and Impacts

Short and long-time objectives The Business Alliance for Water and Climate aims at achieving 100 signatories by 2018 (global stocktake) representing $1 trillion revenues compared to 44 signatories in 2016 representing $680 billion.

Companies have the opportunity to be at the forefront of an important movement within the sphere of corporate responsibility. Early action and leadership will be beneficial to companies’ bottom lines, as well as the communities and environmental systems upon which they depend and impact. Adopting this commitment will promote their work to institutional investors whilst giving these important stakeholders confidence that the company understands the risks, is taking effective action, and increasing business resilience. Therefore, the initiative aims to:  Increase the number of companies committing to one of the three actions outlined by the BAFWAC commitment – thus ensuring broad uptake and action on improving water security from the private sector; and  Track progress from the committed companies as to their progress on each of the three actions – thus ensuring appropriate and meaningful action is taken to safeguard water resources enabling the low carbon transition the Paris Agreements and accompanying NDCs outline. By 2020 we will be able to report on the total number of companies that committed to action, the number of actions committed too and progress on each action.

Roadmap and work plan 1. First milestone: secure 100 corporate signatories by 2018 representing $1 trillion in revenues.

- To date, more than 30 companies across 5 continents representing $680 billion in revenues have joined BAFWAC and committed to take action - We have partnered with We Mean Business through its Commit to Action campaign to launch the first water-related commitment that will increase the number of signatories

2. Second milestone: to catalyze and facilitate effective water action - Technical workshops and webinars have been held - Best practice information and dissemination platforms have been created - Monitoring and tracking of progress against commitments is underway - Collaborative action opportunity identification is underway

How are you tracking progress of your initiative Tracking of individual participants progress is made either through:

- CDP Water questionnaire - CEO Water Mandate Communication on Progress

For any signatory organization which does not answer either the CDP questionnaire or the CEO Water Mandate Communication on Progress, questionnaire to be sent on an annual basis for tracking progress against commitments.

Progress that has been made by your initiative Since COP21, the Business Alliance for Water and Climate made several progress:

- Advocacy: participation to the Technical Expert Meeting on Adaptation in Bonn on May 26th following SUEZ contribution in response to paragraph 126 of the Paris Agreement declaration. This event focused on enhancing the implementation of adaptation action, with emphasis on gaps, needs, challenges, options and opportunities for implementation on the ground; means of implementation, including for the improvement of climate information services and understanding of scientific information at the national level; and good practices for reducing vulnerability.

- Exchange of best practices: webinars hosted by CDP and CEO Water Mandate and covering, amongst other topics: how to use the Alliance for Water Stewardship standard to reduce impact; how to assess exposure to water risk using WRI’s aqueduct tool; and how to use the Water Action Hub to find partners for action.

- Organization of events: 2 major events organized by the founding partners of the Business Alliance for Water and Climate 1) SUEZ convened together with the French Ministry of Environment a high level luncheon on water action & climate change which gathered various French companies from water-intensive sectors: the objective was to raise awareness among CEOs on water related risks and to incentivize them to commit to the Business Alliance for Water and Climate.

2) The CEO Water Mandate convened a working session during Stockholm World Water Week on August 28th: the 2016/2017 orientations of the Business Alliance for Water and Climate were presented to the public, as well as the introduction of the We Mean Business Water Commitment. Furthermore, 3 case study were presented by three companies that have not yet joined the BAFWAC (Olam International / IFC, Dow Chemicals and OCP) in order to foster interest of new companies. - Integration of the Business Alliance for Water and Climate within the We Mean Business Take Action commitment campaign, through the label "Commit to Water Security" under the Resilience section. It is the first private-sector led commitment focusing on water and climate.

Tracking adaptation progress (quantitative) Stakeholder committed to the goal: 49. Workshops: 2 major events organized since COP21 with SUEZ and during Stockholm World Water Week. Knowledge products: 16 case studies produced
Tracking mitigation progress (quantitative) There are currently 30 companies that have signed BAFWAC, we will track progress against commitment actions:

 Via their CDP water response (deadline for response 30th June)  Via direct engagement with the company  Via sustainability reports Results will be compiled and analyzed for sharing at COP22.

Tracking finance progress(quantitative) The aggregate revenue of BAFWAC declaration signatories since COP21 is equal to $120 billion.
Available reporting Results and achievements are made publicly available through the CEO Water Mandate's Water Action Hub website:

In some specific occasions, press release can be used as a way to showcase results obtained by members of the initiative.

One or two success stories achieved - French utilities giant ENGIE disclosed a reduction in revenue resulting from the ongoing drought in Brazil; in 2014, the financial impact of "unfavourable hydrology" was reported to cost the organization approximately US$223 million, almost 3% of operating income in 2014.

- Unilever reported that for their operations in the south east of Brazil, hydropower accounts for over 70% of its electricity supplied, and are anticipating energy restrictions being enforced if poor rains continue.

How to join your initiative 1) Register to the initiative online at:

2) Sign and send the BAFWAC declaration at:


Participants Number Names
Members 49  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Other members 49
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 25 June 2018 13:52:34

Not only have national states as participators