Water, according to Leonardo da Vinci, is the ‘vetturale della natura’ – the driving force of nature. It sustains human life, health, well-being – and the economy. And yet, according to the United Nations, water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of the global population – a figure that is predicted to rise.
In a 2015 UN World Water Development Report, the Director General of Unesco stated that around 748 million people still had no access to an uncontaminated source of drinking water, while water demand for manufacturing was expected to increase by 400 percent between 2000 and 2050. As the report underlined, water is essential for promoting inclusive sustainable development. It supports human communities; maintains the functions of ecosystems and ensures economic development.
Water management is increasingly becoming a top priority on corporate agendas and management plans as businesses strive to meet the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as part of their 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
SDG number 6, “Clean Water and Sanitation”, aims to ensure there is sustainable water management and sanitation for all people around the world. So protecting the world’s water resources is an environmental issue now taking its place alongside climate change and de-forestation. And major companies around the world are rapidly becoming attuned to the significance of water management and water security. CNH Industrial is one of them.
In 2017, CNH Industrial has been included in the prestigious CDP ‘A’ list
In November 2017, CNH Industrial was included in the prestigious CDP ‘A’ list of 74 corporations regarded as global leaders in sustainable water management. The CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) is a not-for-profit charity that has set up an international system to allow companies such as CNH Industrial to measure, manage and disclose the environmental impact of their activities.
The global disclosure system has been running for 15 years, spans 90 different countries and has resulted in the most comprehensive collection of self-reported environmental data in the world. Every year more organizations join the scheme. The resulting mass of data allows corporations, investors and policy-makers to come to better-informed decisions on activities and issues that could have a significant environmental impact.
CDP Chief Executive Paul Simpson says the organization’s aim is to achieve a thriving economy that works for people and the planet in the long term: “Our mission is to focus investors and companies on taking urgent action to build a truly sustainable economy
by measuring, understanding and reducing environmental impact. It’s a turning tide; an increasing number of companies are waking up to the importance of water security.”
So how is CNH Industrial helping to lead the way in this field?