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How the Aqua Gauge helps investors

For investors, the Aqua Gauge provides a benchmark for assessing corporate water management and enabling them to evaluate and compare companies based on their publicly available information.

For investors, the Aqua Gauge provides a benchmark for assessing corporate water management and enabling them to evaluate and compare companies based on their publicly available information. It is a resource for corporate engagement, providing a framework to inform dialogue with company representatives on water risk. The Aqua Gauge also provides guidance on key regions and sectors facing water-related risks, helping investors prioritize and focus their analysis and engagement activities.

“…Investors need to know that their holdings in water-intensive value chains in water-stressed regions are able to generate robust cash flows into the future. The Ceres Aqua Gauge provides a useful, common sense four-step approach for institutional investors to compare water risk management.”
— HSBC, Water: resilience in a thirsty world, January 2013

The Aqua Gauge can help portfolio managers and analysts identify companies best positioned to manage water-related risks in an increasingly water-constrained world. Company performance against the expectations in the Aqua Gauge can serve as a negative or positive factor in investor decision-making processes. The tool can also be used to assess proxy proposals related to water and, for active shareholders, to guide engagement with companies on water issues.

Download the Aqua Gauge tool and report.


What investors are saying...

CALSTRS Logo“We are using the Aqua Gauge to analyze companies in our portfolios and to help us engage with companies on water risk.”
—  Jack Ehnes, CEO, California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRs)

Robeco Logo 2“The Aqua Gauge is a powerful tool that helps us prioritize and informs our dialogues with companies.”

—  Lara Yacob, Senior Engagement Specialist, Robeco Investment Management

Meet the Expert

Brooke Barton
Director, Water Program

Brooke BartonBrooke leads Ceres’ water program, directing the organization’s research and corporate and investor engagement on the risks and opportunities related to growing water scarcity. She is the co-author of The Ceres Aqua Gauge: A Framework for 21st Century Water Risk Management. Brooke works with Ceres company members in the food and beverage sector, advising them on sustainability strategy and reporting, and coordinating dialogues between companies and their investor, NGO and labor union stakeholders.

Learn more about Brooke