Oxfam, Insight Investment project on role of investors in poverty alleviation – report from roundtable on access to water

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1 February 2007

[PDF] Water: the next oil?

Author: Insight Investment

The increasing pressure on global water resources has led some to speculate that…water…not oil, may emerge as this century’s most essential – and contested – resource and may even lead to national and regional conflicts…Business risks associated with water are mounting, forcing firms to consider how to address water issues in their business strategies and which strategies will be most effective in dealing with them… Companies that are exposed to water-related businesses risks would be wise to consider water in their business strategies and develop effective, proactive strategies for dealing with potential problems related to water supply and quality. Companies who ignore this increasingly significant issue, do so at their peril. [refers to Coca-Cola]

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1 October 2009

[PDF] Roundtable on access to water in developing countries

Author: Helena Vines Fiestas, Oxfam & Rory Sullivan, Insight Investment

On 24 September 2009, we held the fourth Better Returns in Better World workshop in Paris. The workshop focused on the issue of access to quality water for local communities and agriculture in developing countries. The objectives of the workshop were: (a) to understand the extent to which water is seen as an investment risk, (b) to examine how debates around access to water and water as a human right are likely to affect the significance of water as an investment risk. This note presents the key findings from the workshop as they relate to the Better Returns in Better World project.

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1 November 2009

[PDF] Briefing Note for Decent Work in Global Supply Chains Workshop

Author: Rachel Wilshaw & Helena Viñes Fiestas, Oxfam GB; Rachel Crossley & Rory Sullivan, Insight Investment; Neil Brown, Aviva; & Adam Ognall, UKSIF

This briefing note…summarise[s] the current state of play, from a development and an investment perspective, on labour issues in the supply chain [and]…canvass[es] how investor engagement on this topic could evolve …examining whether company performance on labour standards can be built into conventional investment analysis…Many investors consider companies’ management of supply chain labour standards to be a critical business issue, and recognise [their] potentially significant business benefits (better employee relationships, more stable workforce, better productivity, etc)…There have…been some high profile shareholder resolutions on labour issues, most notably at First Group and Tesco…Co-operative Insurance was one of a group of shareholders who in 2007 filed a resolution requiring the implementation of a human rights labour policy across First Group [also refers to First Student, part of First Group]

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