The Value of Water: A Framework for Understanding Water Valuation, Risk and Stewardship

World Wildlife Fund | International Finance Corp. / by Alexis J. Morgan and Stuart Orr

The report…shows that most investment decisions are based on the price of water. However, because water is often heavily subsidized or even free, basing decisions on the price of water only accounts for a portion of the full value. Such narrow approaches are not maximizing shareholder value, nor generating strong social or ecological value…

The report offers a new framework for water valuation, linking the concepts of valuation, water risk and water stewardship. This framework is then employed to outline an improved approach, structured around a balance sheet and income statement, to ensure comprehensive water valuation. The framework shows how existing tools and corporate actions have been piecemeal in their coverage and leave out significant value elements.


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