Standard
Alliance For Water Stewardship
About Alliance For Water Stewardship
How does the AWS Standard work? The AWS Standard offers a credible, globally-applicable framework for major water users to understand their own water use and impacts, and to work collaboratively and transparently with others for sustainable water management within the wider water catchment context. Implementers follow the steps and guidance in the AWS Standard to achieve good water stewardship practices that improve site water performance and contribute to wider sustainability goals. How do I know the AWS Standard is credible? The AWS Standard was developed through a four-year global, multi-stakeholder consultation seeking a framework that could be implemented by any site, in any sector, in any catchment around the world. Our standard is the only framework for water users that is fully compliant with the stringent guidelines for standards system laid down by ISEAL, the global alliance for credible standard systems. How do I know claims against the Standard are credible? The AWS Standard is built around five steps. Site owners implementing the Standard: Gather and understand water-related data Commit to water stewardship and create a water stewardship plan Implement their plan Evaluate their performance Communicate and disclose progress with stakeholders Each step has a series of criteria and indicators. Following the steps and criteria will lead to improved performance in five areas: Improved water governance Sustainable water balance Good water quality Healthy status of important water-related areas Access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for all Fulfilment of each criteria is evidenced by the related indicators. Sites making claims to good water stewardship are audited and certified as meeting the indicators by credible, third party assessors independent of AWS or the site owners. Who is involved? Our members comprise businesses facing water risks relating to operations, supply chains, local stakeholders and end of line consumers; public sector organizations working in water-relevant policy; investors and financial service providers seeking to enhance risk management processes; development agencies and NGOs with water-related programmes; sustainability service providers who support the implementation or assessment of standards and CSR programmes.