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 international standards
- Key reports & guidance
- Concerns, company responses & non-responses
- Positive steps by companies
- Lawsuits regarding access to water
Key international standards
Intl. Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: article 11.1
Draft guidelines for the realization of the right to drinking water and sanitation [PDF], UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Human rights and access to safe drinking water and sanitation [PDF], UN Human Rights Council: paragraphs 7, 9
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.
Positive steps by companies
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
Lawsuits regarding access to water
Historias y componentes discutidos en las áreas detalladas
Autor(a): Stockholm International Water Week, Borealis, Uponor
À l’occasion de la Semaine Mondiale de l’Eau de Stockholm, Borealis [joint venture de International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi & OMV]...et Uponor...ont annoncé une initiative commune visant à appliquer pour la première fois le...
Autor(a): Procter & Gamble
Procter & Gamble and global health organization Population Services International (PSI) will provide 10 million liters of safe drinking water to help prevent cholera in Zimbabwe. More than one-thousand people have died from the current cholera...