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The Water Imperative: New Standards in Corporate Water Leadership

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Water security is a top global issue. Virtually every product requires water at some point in its production, manufacturing or use. Water shortages and lack of access to clean, fresh water are two top global risks – and by 2030 global water consumption is expected to rise by 40%.
As water demand rises around the world it will be difficult for many businesses to operate as usual. Whole sectors, companies and corporate value chains depend on water for their success. WWF, RBC and Molson Coors present their thoughts on the risks and opportunities to business and how to manage them. Coro Strandberg, Strandberg Consulting, introduces guidelines to help companies become transformational corporate water leaders.

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The Water Imperative: New Standards in Corporate Water Leadership

  1. 1. The Water Imperative: New Standards in Corporate Water Leadership Conference Board of Canada December 4, 2014
  2. 2. OVERVIEW • WWF: Water risk & tools • RBC: FI perspective • Molson Coors: Case study • Q & A 2
  3. 3. Corporate water stewardship: Why mitigating water risk is increasingly material to business Photo: © Alan Morgan Alexis Morgan Lead Advisor, Water Stewardship & Standards WWF
  4. 4. WARNING: THE FOLLOWING PRESENTATION CONTAINS SOME GRAPHIC WATER WARNINGS. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. R This is likely about your supply chain’s exposure to various forms of water risk and the fact that no site can mitigate that risk by itself.
  5. 5. Physical Risk Reputational Risk Regulatory Risk Financial Risk $ “Unless [extreme weather/water] risks are accurately evaluated and reported, companies will have limited incentives to reduce them. And valuations and investment decisions will continue to be poorly informed.” – The Royal Society, Nov. 27, 2014 https://royalsociety.org/policy/projects/resilience-extreme-weather/
  6. 6. Where does your supply chain land? Source: WWF-Mexico
  7. 7. •8% of US food production •$17 billion USD •90% world’s almonds •Water supply for both San Fran & LA (portion)
  8. 8. July 2011 July 2012 July 2013 July 2014 California’s economy needs to ask itself: •What is the plan to balance water use? •What is the optimal use of water? Current Nov. 25
  9. 9. WATER ENERGY (DAM) FOOD
  10. 10. Water Stewardship Water Awareness Knowledge of Impact Collective Action Influence governance Internal action WWF Water Stewardship Ladder No strategy Efficiency strategy Risk strategy Opportunity strategy “The use of water that is socially equitable, environmentally sustainable and economically beneficial, achieved through a stakeholder-inclusive process that involves site and catchment-based actions.” - The Alliance for Water Stewardship [bold and underline mine]
  11. 11. The bewildering landscape of water stewardship Ceres Aqua Gauge ISO 14001 ISO 14046
  12. 12. Starting the water stewardship journey •Quantify your water footprint: Quantify your direct & indirect water footprint (your impacts and risks are likely in your supply chain) •Map your water risks: Map water risks (Water Risk Filter) and identify high priority areas for action (prioritize risk and opportunity) •Leverage existing initiatives: Employ a comprehensive approach that takes advantage of existing efforts (e.g., AWS) and doesn’t reinvent the wheel •Collaborate: Establish collaborative partnerships for innovative collective action (stewardship is not a go-it- alone exercise) Short-term water management Long-term water stewardship Efficiency & cost Effectiveness & value Considering how you affect others Considering how others affect you Working alone (within industry) Collaboration (between industries)
  13. 13. Risk Why is a bank interested in water? Opportunity
  14. 14. Water is under stress Threatened by: •Population growth •Pollution •Climate change
  15. 15. Industries most at risk: •Power generation •Mining •Semiconductor manufacturing •Agriculture •Food and beverage Also at risk: •Investors •Municipalities (taxpayers) Risk to our clients
  16. 16. Risks to our clients •Rising costs of water supply and water management. •Higher cost of compliance with ever- tightening water related regulations. •Business disruption due to water issues such as significant storm events and flooding. •Increasing competition for finite freshwater supplies among various users within a community. •Reputational damage if a business is seen to be mismanaging water.
  17. 17. Risk to our Insurance business •Observed 40% increase in water related claims to our RBC Insurance business •Insurance Bureau of Canada reports that water damage is now the leading cause of property damage in Canada •Already a significant understanding of the probable effects of climate change
  18. 18. 19 Risk to our Insurance business Eastern Ice Storm Quebec Floods Slave Lake Fire Ontario Wind and Rain Alberta and Toronto Floods $3.0 Insurance Claims ($ billions) $2.0 $1.0 $2.5 $1.5 $0.5
  19. 19. Opportunity for our clients …Valued at $22.6 trillion • Water efficiency • Infrastructure • Water treatment technology • Filtration and desalination • Metering and system management IBM: “The smart water market will be worth $15 - $20 billion a year.”
  20. 20. RBC Water Advice Launched the RBC Greening Your Business Advice Centre in 2010
  21. 21. RBC Water Advice Launched four sector specific reports on addressing top sustainability issues: •Manufacturing, partnered with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters •Logistics and Transportation, partnered with Supply Chain & Logistics Association Canada •Agriculture, partnered with Farm & Food Care Foundation •Retail, partnered with Retail Council of Canada All four reports have an entire section dedicated to water
  22. 22. RBC Water Advice Water damage sources: •Basement flooding due to sewer backup and eavestrough overflow •Broken or burst pipes •Overflow or links from tubs, toilets and sinks •Leaks from appliances •Leaks in cracks in walls and foundation •Water tank leakage or burst •Roof leaks – heavy wind, heavy rain, snow and hail damage •Window and door seals
  23. 23. Reducing & Protecting Water in Our Operations Commitments: •Reduce the use of landscape irrigation in regions deemed water-stressed; •Reduce the use of water by incorporating water-efficient technologies in our new properties or properties undergoing renovation; and •Use environmentally responsible cleaning products in janitorial and cleaning services to help protect water quality. Significant landscape maintenance savings associated with xeriscaping
  24. 24. RBC Blue Water Project Since 2007, we have donated $42 million to over 500 organizations and initiatives
  25. 25. “The Blue Water Project is one of the most special projects that RBC has had in its history” said Gord Nixon, former RBC CEO Employee Engagement: Blue Water Day In 2013…
  26. 26. Our Approach to Water Stewardship • Who we are • What drives us to be good water stewards? • Water Management at Molson Coors • Lessons Learned
  27. 27. MOLSON COORS – WHO WE ARE Molson Coors Canada Brewing Capacity: 12 Million HL Annually 41% Share of Market MillerCoors Brewing Capacity: 103.7 Million HL Annually 29% Share of Market Molson Coors International Core Markets Molson Coors Europe Brewing Capacity: 30.6 Million HL Annually Share of market: UK and Ireland 19% Montenegro: 90% Serbia 52% Croatia: 44% Bulgaria: 34% Bosnia-Herzegovina: 27% Hungary: 25% Romania: 16% Czech Republic: 15% Slovakia: 5%
  28. 28. WHAT DRIVES US TO BE GOOD WATER STEWARDS Evolution of Water Management at Molson Coors:  Focused on local compliance up to 2007  2008 – Signed the CEO Water Mandate  2009 - Developed more comprehensive strategy on water management  2013 – Adopted risk-based integrated sustainability strategy with water at the forefront Drivers:  Stakeholder expectations on environmental stewardship  Business risk
  29. 29. WATER MANAGEMENT AT MOLSON COORS Principles of the CEO Water Mandate:  Operations  Supply Chain and Watershed Management  Collective Action  Community Engagement  Transparency
  30. 30. OPERATIONS Energy • 25% energy intensity reduction • Publically commit to Alternative Energy • Transition from managing to carbon Waste • Zero Landfill globally Water • Risk-based approach to setting targets and allocating resources for water reduction • We commit to breweries subject to high water supply risk achieving world-class water intensity • Organic efficiency savings in all breweries • Anaerobic Digestion of Effluent and Energy Recovery is a Strategic Technology for Molson Coors Operations Valuing Our Resources to Fuel Our Brands
  31. 31. WATER MANAGEMENT AT MOLSON COORS Supply Chain and Watershed Management  Partnerships with suppliers to build water management capacity  Supplier Sustainability Scorecard  Engage with environmental authorities to address local issues
  32. 32. WATER MANAGEMENT AT MOLSON COORS Collective Action:  Pilot projects – Partners in Project Green  Develop industry tools – BIER True Cost of Water Tool  Build community partnerships for water education and outreach – Tadcaster River Wharfe Community Group
  33. 33. WATER MANAGEMENT AT MOLSON COORS Community Engagement:
  34. 34. WATER MANAGEMENT AT MOLSON COORS Transparency: Transparency: • Our strategy and transparency is helping us to get recognised by some of the leading sustainability indexes • Long term proof of our water strategy will be the our ability to continue to Brew our brands in an increasingly resource constrained world without impacting on our communities • Delighting the worlds beer drinkers!
  35. 35. LESSONS LEARNED  Conduct a materiality assessment to identify the issues and how important it is to you – use this to develop a business case for resources  Consumers care increasingly about traceability and social/environmental stewardship of the products they consume.  Engagement with the community in the watershed and with your supply chain can provide the visibility and ‘good story’ that you need to connect with consumers
  36. 36. IS YOUR COMPANY TRANSFORMATIONAL?
  37. 37. http://bit.ly/10EUdnA
  38. 38. Questions coro@corostrandberg.com
  39. 39. Thank you!

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