CEOs call for G8 leaders to address water


The CEOs of 19 corporations - such as the Dow Chemical Company, Unilever and Westpac Bank - have signed a letter calling on G8 leaders to address the issue of water during their upcoming Hokkaido Toyako Summit from July 7-9 in Japan.

The business leaders have all endorsed the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, which was launched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last July.

'It is increasingly clear that lack of access to clean water and sanitation in many parts of the world causes great suffering in humanitarian, social, environmental and economic terms and seriously undermines development goals .... Thus, water is not just an environmental issue – it is a poverty and development issue, an economic issue and, therefore, a business issue' - the letter states.

In 2000, world leaders committed to the Millennium Development Goals - including a concrete target to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. The letter calls on G8 leaders to deliver on this commitment.

The signing chief executives represent the following companies - Diageo; Hayleys PLC; Hindustan Construction Company; Läckeby Water AB; Levi Strauss & Co.; Liqum Oy; Metito (Overseas) Limited; Nestlé S.A.; Netafim Ltd.; PepsiCo, Inc.; SABMiller plc; Siemens AG; Suez; SunOpta Inc.; The Coca-Cola Company; The Dow Chemical Company; Unilever; Westpac Banking Corporation; WPP.

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