Accounting for water in active ownership

This report explores the linkages between water risks, water impacts, and financial markets. It showcases how water risk and impact analysis at portfolio and security level could be conducted and proposes recommendations for financial institutions on how to engage with water risks moving forward.

BASF chemical plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. By Joerg SteberBASF chemical plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Photo by Joerg Steber

This report examines three equity portfolios of differing size and nature. They are analysed using a specifically developed three-step methodology to narrow down a shortlist of companies belonging to high risk/high impact sub-industries.

Investors can use this methodology to help them identify companies which constitute high-risk holdings, and thereby prioritise their water engagement.


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Rudebeck.T. and Breslin. S., 2021. Accounting for Water in Active Ownership. Integrating assessments of water risks and impacts into equity portfolio management.