Water Sustainability and Business
As water sustainability issues are being understood and society begins to react, businesses around the world are beginning to integrate water issues into their strategic plans. The approach that companies take in responding to the water sustainability issue can not only impact their ability to function, but it can also influence their reputation in society. This course will examine the nature of water concerns around the world as a foundation for understanding why this is becoming such an important factor for industry. A broad review of common issues for industry will be undertaken with an emphasis on structuring strategic plans and designing solutions that have applicability for all companies. The role that government has played and can play around the world will be reviewed as it pertains to industry. The partnership between companies and NGOs will be examined to determine the potential liabilities as well as the benefits to all parties. We will then invite representatives of different industrial sectors to come in to discuss the specific concerns for their industry as well as their plans for the future. The tools that are useful in examining and solving water problems will be discussed in class. Students will research water problems in different industries as well as formulating solutions that could be considered by industry.