Water Management & Markets Corporate Water Risk and Return: Thirsty Multinationals and the Way of the Entrepreneur Companies around the world are increasingly recognizing the risk that water scarcity, pollution and weak water governance have on their core business. Stakeholder concerns and expectations of sustainable corporate water management practices from civil society and government actors are high. Some companies have already felt the effects of water scarcity on their business, losing their social and/or legal license to operate as a result of inequitable or unsustainable practices. Thus, corporate water risks are increasingly capturing the attention of large institutional investors, governments, and international NGOS. Corporate water stewardship can thus provide companies with the opportunity to identify and manage their water-related business risk. In doing so they can mitigate their adverse impacts on ecosystems and communities and contribute to the sustainable management of shared freshwater resources. At the same time, the water market provides vast opportunities for the private sector. It is also a market in rapid mutation: climate change, financial crises, the growth of a middle class with higher income and stricter standards, new technologies and innovation, competition and new regulations are some of the factors that play a role in shaping and redefining the rules of the game for the private sector. In this light, how does one create value and returns in an ever changing water sector? This event will review the case for corporate water stewardship and address the questions of value and return through dynamic and interactive sessions. Leading experts from the beverage, textile and energy industries will present their perspectives alongside those from successful or promising start-ups, social enterprises and the NGO sector. Presenters Include: Moderator: Dr Alex Money Dr Alex Money is a Research Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Alex was formerly a fund manager at both Citigroup and Bessemer Trust, where he managed a US$300m equity portfolio that consistently ranked in the top quartile of fund performance. He subsequently founded an investor relations consultancy in London, with an emphasis on socially responsible investing (SRI); and with blue chip clients that ranged from US$100 million to US$ 100 billion by market value. Alex Money researches corporate water risk, with an interest in how companies disclose the risks and opportunities they face with regard to their water use, and whether this disclosure meets the expectations of investors in these companies. Cate Lamb, Head of the Water Programme, Carbon Disclosure Project Conor Linstead, Freshwater Specialist, WWF-UK Alexandre Le Vernoy, Analyst: Water & Food Resources, SABMiller plc Laurent Bellet, Water and Energy Advisor, EDF Group Felix Ockborn, CSR Manager, Bergans of Norway Dr Wafa Hasan, Head of Integrity Water Management for the Middle East and North Africa, and owner of I.M.MENA consultancy in Switzerland Piet Klop, Senior Advisor – Responsible Investment, PGGM All current Oxford University students and alumni are welcome and we strongly encourage all MBAs and EMBAs studying GOTO and the Water Management & Markets topic attend. This event is being curated by Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment in collaboration with Saïd Business School for the GOTO Project. Smith School (click) For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/goto-corporate-water-risk-and-return-registration-16712903745

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