Water Stewardship

Promoting responsible use of fresh water.

Advancing Global Water Stewardship Standards

The world is facing unprecedented challenges related to water. The global risks associated with water scarcity require water users to move beyond water conservation to responsible water stewardship.

Through partnerships and initiatives, we share our considerable water management expertise to expand our reach beyond our operations and customers to advance sustainable water management practices around the world.

Since 2010, Ecolab has partnered with the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) to advance water stewardship practices and establish new standards for comprehensive water resource management.

In 2013, Ecolab field tested the Alliance for Water Stewardship's beta Standard at two sites within the lower Yangtze, one of China's most critical watersheds, to test its feasibility and applicability. Learnings from this pilot shaped the first International Water Stewardship Standard launched by AWS on April 8, 2014 at the UN CEO Water Mandate multi-stakeholder working conference in Lima, Peru.

The AWS Standard is a global framework to promote sustainable freshwater use. It was developed through a four-year, multi-stakeholder, global water roundtable process which included a diversity of business, public sector and civil society interests from around the world. The AWS Standard provides a critical framework to inform decision making by water users at the watershed level.

At Ecolab, we believe global adoption of the AWS Standard will drive more responsible water management and collaboration. As a Founding Partner of the AWS Standard, Ecolab is active in the effort to drive global adoption of the Standard.

Addressing the world's water challenges requires collaboration by businesses, communities, governments and NGOs. Ecolab is proud to be one of nearly 30 leading organizations from across sectors committed to advancing the efforts of AWS to protect the world's limited freshwater resources.

Water Stewardship is the use of water that is socially equitable, environmentally sustainable and economically beneficial, achieved through a stakeholder-inclusive process that involves site and catchment-based actions. Good water stewards understand their own water use, catchment context and shared risk in terms of water governance, water balance, water quality and important water-related areas; and then engage in meaningful individual and collective actions that benefit people and nature.

Water Stewardship Position

This position formalizes our global commitment to undertake responsible water stewardship by identifying opportunities for our company and our customers to use water resources in a manner that benefits business, communities and nature.


AWS International Water Stewardship Standard


WWF Water Stewardship



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