Water Crisis – Real Business Risks/Impact/Opportunities (4th Quarter Milwaukee Topic)

(more details/resources download my notes from July’s GEMI conference in MKE)

  • Brazil, India, California, Florida, Cairo, Tokyo currently impacted
  • CDP water report 2014
    • 81% of companies identify current risk in water
    • 61% have been impacted by water risk
    • 33% of companies state water scarcity impact 1-6% of profit
  • US Based Fortune 500
    • 94% face potential physical challenges
    • 69% face reputational risk
    • 80% affects location decisions
  • Economic IMPACT: current
    • California – 7th largest economy of the world – $3B hit last year
    • China – 46 Trillion RMB
    • Brazil 1-2% of GDP to date this year
  • Water Scarcity DRIVERS: By the way, it’s NOT climate change (though it could contribute)
    • Increased population
    • Increased middle class (doubling in 10 years around the world)
    • Increased demands by 2050: Food 60%; Energy 80%; Water 50%
    • (Look familiar? These are in alignment with similar findings from McKinsey)

Check out WRI Aqueduct Global Water Risk Assessment Tool http://www.wri.org/our-work/project/aqueduct

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