Access to water - an introduction

Below are select introductory materials on business and access to water.  Further reports from a wide range of sources are in the "Access to water" section of our site.

Key reports & guidance

The right to water [PDF], WHO, OHCHR, COHRE, CESR, Water Aid, Feb 2003

World Water Day and related events, Mar 2009

Draft - Business, Human Rights and the Right to Water Challenges, Dilemmas and Opportunities, Roundtable Consultative Report [PDF], Institute for Human Rights and Business, Jan 2009

Concerns, company responses & non-responses

The Resource Centre invites companies to respond to allegations of misconduct.  Below are examples of allegations and company responses regarding access to water.  We also indicate when a company has not responded.

Bolivia: Reports that Suez subsidiary Aguas de Illimani restricting access to water in El Alto, Jan 2005.  Articles sent by Suez as a response.

China: Report that CCTV footage shows Carlsberg joint-venture polluting water supplies, Apr 2007.  Carlsberg response.  .

India: Concerns that a proposed Coca-Cola bottling plant in Tamil Nadu will deplete water supplies, Aug 2005.  Coca-Cola response.

India: Times of India article says pharmaceutical firms DSM, Max India, Ranbaxy are contaminating water in a Punjab village, Dec 2005.  Responses by the three companies.

Mexico: Allegations that Minefinders' subsidiary pollutes water sources, Aug 2008.  Minefinders response.

Mexico: [Spanish only] Reports that Grupo Agbar (Aguas de Barcelona) limited access to water in Coahuila, Jun 2008.  Grupo Agbar response.

New Caledonia: Indigenous group protests Inco's Goro mine, concerned about future impacts on water supply, Apr 2006.  Inco response.

Pakistan: Concerns that Nestlé's 'Pure Life' exacerbates drinking water crisis, Apr 2005.  Nestlé response.

Positive steps by companies

Global: The CEO Water Mandate - An initiative by business leaders in partnership with the international community [PDF]

Global: Borealis & Uponor launch initiative to measure water impacts of production of plastics for the first time [French only]

Global: Policy statements recognising the right to water by PepsiCo, Suez ("Access to water is a basic human right", "The right to water: the birth of an international human right"), Veolia

Eastern Europe/Central Asia: UNDP & Coca-Cola launch 5-year clean drinking water partnership in Commonwealth of Independent States & Europe

Egypt: Overview of public-private partnerships: includes initiative by USAID, government & Coca Cola providing clean water and waste treatment to communities.

India, Nepal: UN-HABITAT & Coca-Cola agree on projects to improve access to water

Zimbabwe:  Procter & Gamble and NGO provide water purification packets to help prevent cholera.

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Historias y componentes discutidos en las áreas detalladas

1 April 2005
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Autor(a): Nils Rosemann

In 1998 Nestlé choose Pakistan as country to roadmap its global water strategy in the bottled water market...Nestlé's bottled water is not affordable for the people in need of safe and clean drinking water...Nestlé contributes to the decrease of the...

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28 January 2005
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Autor(a): Jim Shultz [Executive Director, the Democracy Center], in The Nation

On January 10 the citizens of El Alto took to the streets en masse to demand that their water returned to public hands...In Cochabamba five years ago, the water contract with Bechtel and the Abengoa Corporation of Spain paved the way for...

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