The Risks and Opportunities Posed by Water Can’t Be Ignored—by Business, Industries, or Nations
by Dr. Dorothy Maxwell, Director, The Sustainable Business Group | July 28, 2015
Water is a resource under increased stress, with its management now cited as one of the greatest risks to business continuity and growth. In the big picture, water scarcity has been identified as the number one global risk to society over the next ten years by the World Economic Forum (WEF). From a human rights perspective, access to safe, clean drinking water supplies, hygiene, and sanitation are already risks in many world regions. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF)’s Water Risk Map, which illustrates the countries and regions around the globe that already suffer from high water risk, confirms what the news media is also reporting—that China, India, the US, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Australia, Africa, Turkey, and Brazil are already facing this risk.