Water is a form of natural capital and constraints in access (either physical regulatory, or financial) will reverberate throughout our economy and affect widely disparate industries. Companies are major consumers of fresh water and have a critical role to play in preserving and protecting fresh water resources through water stewardship planning and practices. Companies that treat water risks as a current strategic challenge and manage their use of and effect on natural capital will be far better positioned in the future. Companies that ignore these challenges put themselves at higher risk.
SHARE is engaging with companies in sectors that are most vulnerable to water risks or whose operations can have serious impacts on water quality and availability.
This paper outlines the social and environmental challenges facing Canada’s food system and analyses these challenges from a responsible investment perspective.