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Stakeholder Engagement and Groundwater: A Practical Approach

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Antea Group senior consultant and water expert Peter Penning presented at the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) in Montpellier on water scarcity and practical strategies organizations can use to fully engage all stakeholders

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Stakeholder Engagement and Groundwater: A Practical Approach

  1. 1. N°abstract 1588 Stakeholder Engagement and Groundwater A Practical Approach By Peter Penning – Antea Group USA
  2. 2. Ever Increasing Water Scarcity Legend
  3. 3. Ever Increasing Water Scarcity Legend
  4. 4. Stakeholder Management • More and more companies must take into account and pro-actively manage stakeholders to avoid restrictions on their ability to use water • Stakeholder engagement needs to happen at the local level: – Engagement at local level different from what is currently the norm – Charity and philanthropy – Centralized approach is not optimal – Engage with the right stakeholders at the right level of effort • Bad stakeholder engagement or ill-prepared stakeholder engagement is worse than no engagement • Stakeholder engagement, when done well, will significantly improve companies’ chances of continued and uninterrupted production
  5. 5. Practical Approach • Design the right, fit-for-purpose, stakeholder engagement plan • Identify the stakeholders • Scrutinize and assess the stakeholders: – Criteria will depend on the company’s own strategic objectives – Quantify • Stakeholder map • Planning an approach for each stakeholder
  6. 6. - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Stakeholders Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentacion y Medio Ambiente Municipality Clients - Hotel Chains, colegios, gasolineras…. Beverage Industry (Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Schweeps Clients - Mercadona otros gran distribucion Consejo Estatal de Responsabilidad Social Media (newspapers, others) Greenpeace SEO/Birdlife WWF Ecologistas en Accion Foretica
  7. 7. Conclusions • Water is a common good and an emotive subject • Facing an ever increasing water scarcity, more and more companies must take into account and pro-actively manage the needs, perceptions and desires of stakeholders to avoid restrictions on their ability to use water • Stakeholder engagement needs to happen at the local level: – Acts of charity and philanthropy are necessary, but do not amount to a serious engagement activity – It is vitally important to engage with the right stakeholders at the right level of effort – Bad stakeholder or ill-prepared stakeholder engagement is worse than no engagement • Stakeholder engagement, when done well will significantly improve companies’ chances of continued and uninterrupted production

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