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Sustainability 2015, 7(4), 4341-4359; doi:10.3390/su7044341

Ranking Water Transparency of Dutch Stock-Listed Companies

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Twente Water Centre, University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands
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Royal HaskoningDHV, P.O. Box 1132, 3800 BC Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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Academic Editor: Vincenzo Torretta
Received: 22 January 2015 / Revised: 30 March 2015 / Accepted: 9 April 2015 / Published: 14 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Footprints and Sustainable Water Allocation)
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A growing world population, changing consumption patterns and climate change are affecting water demands, water scarcity and water quality worldwide, while at present, few companies are incorporating good water stewardship. In order to create awareness on this issue and provide an incentive for companies to improve the water performance in their operations and supply chain, a method for ranking companies based on their water transparency has been developed. The method consists of a checklist that can be completed on the basis of information from annual reports, sustainability reports and websites of companies. This is the first time a ranking of companies regarding water transparency has been carried out. Results show that there are large differences in transparency between and within sectors and that companies are reporting more about their operations than their supply chain. View Full-Text
Keywords: corporate social responsibility; water disclosure; ESG risk rating; water risk; water stewardship; sustainability corporate social responsibility; water disclosure; ESG risk rating; water risk; water stewardship; sustainability
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Linneman, M.H.; Hoekstra, A.Y.; Berkhout, W. Ranking Water Transparency of Dutch Stock-Listed Companies. Sustainability 2015, 7, 4341-4359.

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