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Driving Improvement in Water Stewardship

The Ceres Aqua Gauge is an easy and efficient way for companies to assess, improve and communicate their corporate-wide water risk management approach and for investors to understand how well companies are managing water-related risks and opportunities.

As pressure on water resources grows, businesses and investors need a standardized tool to help manage water risk. The Ceres Aqua GaugeTM is that tool. The Aqua Gauge is an easy and efficient way for companies to assess, improve and communicate their corporate-wide water risk management approach and for investors to understand how well companies are managing water-related risks and opportunities.

The Aqua Gauge was developed through collaboration between Ceres, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Irbaris, and IRRC Institute. It reflects the input and feedback of representatives from over 50 financial institutions, companies and NGOs, and is supported by investors managing over $2 trillion in assets.

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Download the Ceres Aqua Gauge tool and report

How it Works

Free to download, the Aqua Gauge is an Excel-based tool that produces an intuitive, graphic output of company performance. Companies and investors can use the tool to evaluate a company’s existing water risk management approach, evaluating 20 core aspects of water risk management on a sliding scale from initial steps to leading practice. The Aqua Gauge assessment covers all aspects of water risk management — from policy development and data gathering, to business planning and goal-setting, stakeholder engagement and disclosure.

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Download the Aqua Gauge overview to learn more.

Be in touch

We welcome feedback on the Aqua Gauge and encourage you to be in touch with suggestions for improvement.

Ceres is working with select companies and investors to pilot the Aqua Gauge and provide recommendations on improving their water risk management approach. For more information, contact:

Brooke Barton
Water Program Director
barton@ceres.org