Throughout the world, water risks have become high profile issues, including climate change, extreme events, access to clean drinking water and water shortages. As a result of these issues becoming more prominent, shareholders are beginning to ask questions about the water risks that could impact their investments.
WaterSMART works with investment houses and banks to identify, understand and quantify the water risks facing the companies they invest in or those they are considering adding to their portfolios. We accomplish this by conducting water strategy reviews, market assessments, and water technology assessments. We then assign risk scores and monetary values to each of the water risks present to create a full understanding of the true value of water to the organization and to the investor. We also work with financial institutions to determine the financing strategies they need to have in place in order to comply with Goal Six of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Plan. This Goal calls for access to safe water and sanitation, and sound management of freshwater ecosystems by 2026.