Strongest tool in terms of risk indicators that provide companies with a solid water risk assessment. By combining pre-set basin-linked indicators with user-entered company water data, the Water Risk Filter gives an indication of companies’ management response performance.

Description

The WWF Water Risk Filter provides a comprehensive risk assessment based on the three commonly applied categories of water risks; physical, reputational and regulatory risks. It makes a distinction between risks that are linked to the company’s (or commodity’s) performance and those linked to the company’s location (basin-related risks), indicating whether interventions should focus on internal or collective action.

This two-dimensional assessment in turn links to a water risk mitigation toolbox with recommended actions, tools, and case studies and will soon contain additional analysis graphics. The 48 basin-related risk indicators are generated automatically based on GPS position, while most of the company related indicators are based on a questionnaire for the company to fill in. The agricultural commodity assessment, with its own specific questionnaire, covers 120 commodities. Risk assessments can be performed both on a facility and portfolio level. Data can be saved to show trends over time. The risk filter provides answers to over 80% of the questions of the CDP Water questionnaire and is developed and managed by WWF International and German Investment and Development Corporation (DEG).

Farming

Physical water risk (basin) based on following indicators: net water depletion, aridity, groundwater abstraction, forecasted climate change impact, occurrence of drought and floods.

Total annual amount of freshwater withdrawn by the company included as factor, where sources are specified as surface, groundwater, municipal supply, rainwater, non-freshwater or unknown source. Value of water sources to local communities and indigenous people and hydropower dependency also mentioned as risk factors. Physical water risk of suppliers covered as ‘average water intensity of suppliers to this industry’ and total annual amount of freshwater withdrawn by suppliers to this specific company or facility.

Risk indicators cover the general situation of water pollution around the facility, amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and pesticides, soil salination, organic loading, sediment loading, mercury loading, acidification and thermal alteration.

The basin-based pollution metric (irrespective of the company’s impact) provides an indicator of the surrounding soil state, including levels of nitrogen, phosphorous and organic loading.

Highly linked to the indicators average level of pollution caused by industry and its suppliers (including ecotoxicity, eutrophication and acidification) and percentage of withdrawn water that is discharged with some pollution. The commodity-based risk indicators include fertilizer application levels.

The basin-based water pollution metric (irrespective of the company’s impact) provides an indicator of the surrounding soil state, including levels of pesticides.

Highly linked to the indicators average level of pollution caused by industry and its suppliers (including ecotoxicity, eutrophication and acidification) and percentage of withdrawn water that is discharged with some pollution.

Biodiversity health is considered in terms of current state of the basin, independent of the facility management; as threat to freshwater biodiversity around the facility and vulnerability of water ecosystems in the country. Additionally, it is indicated whether or not the basin belongs to WWF’s list of priority basins.

The company must record the percentage of its total amount of withdrawn water that is recycled or reused. Explicit purpose not specified.

Indicated as percentage of the basin’s population that have access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation. Not explicitly mentioned in terms of company impact.

Forecasted impact of climate change included as basin-related risk.

The company must record its total annual amount of wastewater discharged from the facility and the distribution among receiving bodies. Other indicators are average level of pollution caused by industry and its suppliers (ecotoxicity, eutrophication and acidification) and percentage of withdrawn water that is discharged with some pollution.

Basin sediment loading (irrespective of the company’s impact) included in water pollution, but erosion not explicitly mentioned.

The basin-based water pollution metric (irrespective of the company’s impact) includes soil salinity which is one factor behind soil fertility, but soil fertility is not explicitly mentioned.

Processing

Physical water risk (basin) based on following indicators: net water depletion, aridity, groundwater abstraction, forecasted climate change impact, occurrence of drought and floods.

Total annual amount of freshwater withdrawn by the company included as factor, where sources are specified as surface, groundwater, municipal supply, rainwater, non-freshwater or unknown source. Value of water sources to local communities and indigenous people and hydropower dependency also mentioned as risk factors. Physical water risk of suppliers covered as ‘average water intensity of suppliers to this industry’ and total annual amount of freshwater withdrawn by suppliers to this specific company or facility.

Risk indicators cover the general situation of water pollution around the facility, amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and pesticides, soil salination, organic loading, sediment loading, mercury loading, acidification and thermal alteration.

The company must record its total annual amount of wastewater discharged from the facility and the distribution among receiving bodies. Other indicators are average level of pollution caused by industry and its suppliers (ecotoxicity, eutrophication and acidification) and percentage of withdrawn water that is discharged with some pollution.

The company must record the percentage of its total amount of withdrawn water that is recycled or reused. Explicit purpose not specified.

Indicated as percentage of the basin’s population that have access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation. Not explicitly mentioned in terms of company impact.

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