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Clearing the Waters: A Review of Corporate Water Risk Disclosure in SEC Filings

New Sector Analysis added: Ceres has added sector-by-sector analyses for each of the eight sectors reviewed in this report. Download this new version. This report finds that though overall corporate disclosures of water-related risks in financial filings have increased since 2009, much reporting remains weak and inconsistent especially in regard to data on overall water use, financial exposure and potential supply chain risks.

New Sector Analysis added: Ceres has added sector-by-sector analyses for each of the eight sectors reviewed in this report. Download this new version.

The global economy depends on water resources to feed growing populations, generate electricity, fuel industrial processes or transport goods. Climate impacts further exacerbate water risks by increasing variability in precipitation patterns and the occurrence and severity of extreme weather events. This report finds that though overall corporate disclosures of water-related risks in financial filings have increased since 2009, much reporting remains weak and inconsistent especially in regard to data on overall water use, financial exposure and potential supply chain risks.

In September 2012, Ceres added sector-by-sector analyses for each of the eight sectors highlighted in the report. These new sections provide a detailed snapshot of water-related physical, regulatory, reputational, and litigation risk disclosure in SEC filings. Additionally, the analyses highlight examples of water management responses that were also disclosed in SEC filings. Each section includes examples of what these disclosures look like as well as analysis of trends and changes since 2009.

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