Brazilian Business Commitment for Water Security
Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS)
Non-governmental organization (NGO)
Understanding the urgent need to address the critical scenario of Brazilian water security, the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS) and its associates have jointly drafted the Brazilian Business Commitment for Water Security in 2018, a document designed to consolidate the active contribution of companies to the issue of water security in Brazil.
Fully mindful of its role and as an advocate of best practices, the business sector seeks to expand actions that adopt productive processes, given that these are important drivers to effect relevant improvements in the country’s macro water landscape. There are a number of shared solutions to confront the crisis and reduce consumption of large volumes of drinking water currently being carried out. These initiatives apply techniques such as reuse, managing loss, sustainable treatments for reusing industrial and domestic effluents, accumulation reservoirs, desalination solutions, use of renewable energy sources, recovery and preservation of springs and watersheds aimed at the increase of natural infrastructures, reforestation actions, and others - all of them as a response to the impact that this crisis has had on companies, biodiversity, the economy and, above all, the society.
We are working towards making our Commitment a national benchmark for the effective contribution of companies to water security in Brazil, providing transparency and visibility to data and information on initiatives, projects and goals that have been adopted, thereby permitting greater engagement and promotion of experiences, learning and information.
Each signatory company backs the initiative and pledges to contribute to at least 2 of the 6 goals in this Commitment by 2030:
1. INCREASE THE INCLUSION OF THE WATER ISSUE IN BUSINESS STRATEGIES
2. MITIGATE THE RISKS OF WATER FOR THE BUSINESS
3. MEASURE WATER MANAGEMENT AT THE COMPANY AND ANNOUNCE IT PUBLICLY
4. ENCOURAGE SHARED PROJECTS DEALING WITH WATER
5. PROMOTE THE ENGAGEMENT OF THE CHAIN
6. CONTRIBUTE WITH TECHNOLOGIES, KNOWLEDGE, PROCESSES AND HUMAN RESOURCES
The signatory companies pledge to make the actions and projects referring to the goals chosen in the Platform / HUB of the Brazilian Business Commitment for Water Security publicly available in a transparent, clear and open way, so that the greatest number of Brazilian companies committed to water security in Brazil can become engaged, offering a lively, dynamic environment shared by companies and the society.
By declaring our commitments to sustainable water management and the country’s water security, we believe that we will be making a positive contribution with solutions that tackle the water crisis. Our commitment is with the effectiveness of the accomplishment of the goals and with the union of efforts and experiences in favor of a common objective, which is the maximum use of water with the minimum waste.
Information on the projects and goals committed by the companies are available at https://cebds.org/HubAquasfera/
SDGS & Targets
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services
By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water
By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated
Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality
Change in water-use efficiency over time
Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources
By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
Degree of integrated water resources management
Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation
Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time
Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan
Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management
SDG 14 targets covered
Deliverables & Timeline
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