San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Water connects everything. That’s why leading companies manage water not just in-house, but also “beyond the fence” in collaboration with other water users. Many experts say that this is the best approach, but it also comes with organizational challenges and requires innovative solutions.
Main questions and issues covered:
- What kinds and how many beyond the fence line activities are currently implemented in the field? By whom?
- Which best practice examples could be used as templates for others?
- Which challenges have been encountered?
- Where do companies need more information to proceed?
- Which key questions could be answered in a research project on the topic at MIT?
12.15: Introduction round: Who is in the room?
12.20: Starter: Presentation of data analysis by Tilmann Silber, Practice Leader Sustainability Action & Water at South Pole Group & Julian Kölbel, ETH / Water co-lead at GreenBuzz
12.35: Presentation of key discussion questions by Naomi Rosenthal, Key Account Manager at South Pole Group / Water co-lead at GreenBuzz
12.40: Main Course: Informal discussion at the table
13.10: Plenary discussion of the key questions, bringing together key points on Flip Chart
13.30 Lunch ends
Programme in detail
Input presentation – Presentation of the first comprehensive analysis providing a quantitative overview of beyond the fence activities. This analysis is based on data from the 2015 CDP Water disclosure cycle, but prepared exclusively for this lunchtime event. The analysis explains which types of beyond the fence activities currently exist, which sectors are implementing them and how often the different types are implemented.
Expert discussion – based on the input presentation, we invite our guests to discuss with us the future development of beyond the fence activities. This expert discussion is held under Chatham House Rules and in focus groups, specializing in the following sets of questions.
- What is the potential of beyond the fence activities? Do companies have enough incentives to engage? Are the existing activities meaningful? Can companies be a force that improves water governance at a relevant scale?
- What organizational challenges do companies face? Which units carry out beyond the fence activities? Which tasks could be outsourced to local specialists? Which stakeholders are easy to reach out to, which ones are difficult?
- What kind of information is lacking? What does a company have to know to determine a budget for beyond the fence activities? Could sharing of watershed specific information be a solution?
Concluding plenary –We will bring together key conclusions and discussion points from the three focus groups in a final presentation. This is done with two concrete outcomes in mind: First, the conclusions will be summarized by the event organizers in a white paper, which will be distributed to all participants and will acknowledge your contribution, if you wish. Second, the discussion points will inform a 1.5 year research project on water stewardship, which co-organizer Julian Kölbel will undertake at MIT starting September 2016.
We look forward to your participation, inputs and jointly kick-starting valuable research in the area of corporate water stewardship!
Invited companies include: WBCSD, ABB, Holcim, Nestle, Glencore, WWF, Coop, Unilever, IUCN, CDP, Coca Cola, PMI, Ecolab, Deltares, Arcadis and others.
Ticket price includes event organization and lunch menu: starter, vegetarian course, water & coffee.
When & Where
GreenBuzz is driven largely by volunteers that work on sustainability topics in their daily work. We are a non-profit association on the move and always happy and grateful for every helping hand (event organisation, accounting, project management, reporters, etc.).