News.Jan 06, 2015

Business leaders offered advanced training in water, human rights

The right to water has been recognized by the UN as a human right. Meanwhile, reckless use of water continues to present a potent risk to food and energy production, social stability and businesses globally. To increase knowledge and awareness about this complex issue, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and The Academy for Human Rights in Business/CSR Sweden are launching an advanced international training programme specifically tailored for business leaders around the world.

The main aim of the training programme is to strengthen the links between Human Rights with a focus on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ESC), Water and the progress of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

“It is with great pleasure we have joined hands with SIWI to launch perhaps the most crucial training programme of our time. Water as a human right and water as a business risk are inextricably linked and our practical training programme will offer guidance and direction to business leaders and policy-makers around the world. Our ambition is to convey practical scenarios of responsible behavior and strategies in the field of water rights”, says Parul Sharma, Dean of The Academy for Human Rights in Business.

“We are very happy to have found an opportunity to partner with The Academy for Human Rights in Business to produce this programme. Water affects all human activity and all business sectors. It is therefore crucial that water is central in efforts to strengthen the Corporate Social Responsibility work of the private sector. SIWI’s expertise will, in combination with The Academy’s rich experience and knowledge in human rights and anti-corruption issues, make this training programme an excellent tool for business leaders”, says Charlotte Köhler-Lindahl, SIWI’s Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships.