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World Water Week

World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe's water issues. It is organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and will this year address the theme "water, ecosystems and human development".

The HSBC Water Programme partners will be at the conference in Stockholm throughout the week. Click to read Our journey so far.
 


 Blue and green spaces - the heart of sustainable urban development

16:00, Mon 27 August, Room FH 300

With the rise in urban population putting increasing pressure on our diminishing blue-green infrastructure, Earthwatch, HSBC and WWT are championing an innovative approach to nature-based solutions. By identifying and quantifying the interconnecting benefits, this collaborative way of working ultimately informs key business decisions, influences policy and works towards effective ecosystem management. The event will include a combination of introductory presentations, live demos of cutting edge research techniques and café style discussions, to immerse participants into new urban environment research, informing sustainability management of urban environments and creating new potential for adaptive sustainable finance.

Earthwatch will demonstrate citizen-science led research into the ecosystem services provided by nature-based solutions primarily from HSBC’s global training programme, facilitated by Earthwatch and launched early 2018.

HSBC will introduce the importance of colleagues recognising megatrends such as climate change and urbanisation as a foundation to conducting sustainable business.

Drawing on examples from major global cities, WWT will showcase innovative techniques to explore and demonstrate the linked benefits to human health and biodiversity of proactively building water and wetlands into our ever-urbanising landscape. Wetlands can be used to bring wildlife back into urban landscapes and enrich the lives of communities both physically and mentally.

 

Water Stewardship collaboration for the textiles sector

16.00, Wed 29 August, NL Music Hall


The textiles and apparel sector is a highly water-impacting sector. Raw material production and fabric/garment processes are happening in some of the world’s most high water risk countries, with water related challenges around governance, development, human health and livelihoods as well as water quality and use impacts.

In response to this risk, pioneers within the sector have worked to drive water impact reduction within the textiles supply chain through industry programmes such as ZDHC and the Higg Index, as well as working with NGOs like WWF on water stewardship and collective action within high risk regions.

This session will examine the challenges and opportunities of current sector water stewardship activities and tools, and explore how the textiles sector can align to accelerate change through collective action in key water risk regions.

In particular, the discussions will focus on how to co-ordinate resources to drive improvements in impacts, development and water governance in priority regions, and whether the relevant brands and organisations can come together within a global collaboration for textiles water stewardship.

Speakers will discuss opportunities for an aligned approach on thought leadership, target setting, policy engagement, data and tools, and particularly how to align participation in (and financing of) on-ground water stewardship programme.

 

WASH4Work: tools to accelerate business action on WASH

09.00, Thurs 30 August, NL Pillar Hall


Business contributions to nature based solutions can have positive impacts for WASH outcomes, while inadequate sanitation can detrimentally impact ecosystems. In 2016, the WASH4Work partnership was formed to help businesses understand the array of activities they can take, from ensuring workers in the workplaces have adequate WASH, to integrating activities that respect the human rights to water and sanitation into water stewardship activities. In many cases, activities that ensure societal well-being are based on nature-based interventions that have co-benefits for the environment and for people.

This event will look at how to better enable businesses to work independently and jointly with others to ensure effective delivery of WASH provision. It will explore the key attributes for developing a business case for action on WASH, the current landscape of WASH in the standards systems businesses rely on for implementation, and the innovative practices businesses are undertaking. It will include the launch of a new guidance, ‘Strengthening the case for WASH’ delivered by WaterAid, Diageo, Unilever and Gap Inc.. The session will also feature the presentation on the new Sustainable Supply Chains in apparel sector programme in India and Bangladesh funded by the leading global trade bank HSBC.

The session will involve practical exercises and discussion to explore the interconnection of stewardship and WASH practices towards building a strong business case that enables positive WASH outcomes across the value chain.

 

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