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Water Resilience Coalition: A portfolio of investments addressing ~100 water-stressed basins

Context and challenges

Currently, 2.3 Bn people live in water-stressed countries and more than 25% of urban water is lost through leaks in urban systems.

Climate change is causing changes in water cycles affecting water scarcity, quality and access; by 2030 global water demand will exceed supply by 40%.

Droughts and floods are projected to cause USD 2.1 Tn worth of losses by 2050.

Initiative Description

​The Water Resilience Coalition (WRC) is a platform supported by the UN Global Compact and led by the CEO Water Mandate, aiming to address water challenges through corporate water stewardship.

​The WRC aims to elevate global water resilience to the top of the corporate agenda to preserve the world’s freshwater resources, targeting ~100 water-stressed basins. Currently 35+ companies with a market capital of USD ~3.6 Tn, and 3 Bn people fall under the focus of the coalition.

The WaterEquity Global Access Fund IV is the first vehicle supported by the Water Resilience Coalition Investment Portfolio launched in March 2023; it has identified a pipeline of collective investment opportunities that amount USD ~1 Bn.

The investment opportunities are proven, market-based solutions aimed at maximizing social impact, enabling networking, and knowledge resources sharing, as well as generating financial returns.

Commitments from Business & Philanthropy

Join the Water Resilience Coalition Initiative by endorsing the CEO Water Mandate and signing the Water Resilience pledge1

How to get involved?


  1. Signing the pledge requires joining the UNGC and agreeing on engagement and financial commitments based on companies revenues

Source: CEO Water Mandate Web Page | Global commission on the Economics of Water, Turning the Tide Report | Adopt water stewardship practices in your business | UN-Water (2021) | UN | IPCC | WMO | SDG Report 2022, | World Bank | WRI | Water and Climate Coalition | Aquanomics | Veolia and IFPRI study

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