On July 21, GE issued its fifth annual Citizenship Report, and as part of the rollout, GE Reports is taking a closer look at critical corporate responsibility issues as seen through non-GE eyes. In Part 1 of our series, we highlighted the views of Sean Ansett — one of more than 20 global thought leaders whose essays are published, unedited, in the report. He calls on companies to include their supply chains when it comes to responsibly managing employees impacted by the gyrations of a deep economic downturn, such as the current one. Today, we turn the spotlight on the key issue of water with an essay by Mindy S. Lubber, the President of Ceres. She urges companies to begin “thinking strategically about the profound business risks they will face in a world where climate change is likely to exacerbate already-diminishing water supplies.”
In her submission, Mindy begins ominously enough with some all-too-real headlines: “Water Shortage Threatens China.” “California Faces Water Rationing.” “Drought in Australia Food Bowl Continues.”
“Water scarcity headlines are getting more and more ink these days — and for good reason,” she writes.