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How Anthesis Uses Aqueduct

Anthesis is a specialist global sustainability services and solutions consultancy that develops technically led & financially-driven sustainability strategies to help businesses identify and reduce sustainability risk, increase resilience, and capitalize on opportunities. The WRI Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas is integral to Anthesis’ water stewardship work, enabling Anthesis to customize application of leading hydrologic/socioeconomic data and climate scenario analysis to develop appropriate water strategies. Anthesis has employed Aqueduct in both public and private sector engagements across diverse industry sectors, such as food and beverage, apparel, and technology.

Aqueduct is Anthesis’ most frequently used water risk tool due to its ease of use, transparency in providing raw indicator values, and alignment with more robust source vulnerability assessments. Anthesis primarily uses Aqueduct to evaluate a client’s water-related risks at facility, catchment, and company-wide levels for sustainability reporting (e.g., CDP Water, GRI) and strategy development. This includes determining water withdrawals from water stressed areas and whether current and/or future water-related risks could generate a substantive financial or strategic impact. Anthesis utilizes various Aqueduct indicators, such as overall water risk, baseline water stress, flood occurrence, drought severity, and projected change in water stress across various climate scenarios. This data is combined with other water risk tool outputs, in conjunction with company-specific data (e.g., withdrawals/discharges, water quality, production, revenue), to establish water risks across a client’s portfolio.

Anthesis also employs Aqueduct in more complex assessments specifically tailored to better inform strategic decision making. For example, Anthesis has used Aqueduct to: • Provide concrete facility-level actions to reduce water withdrawals/consumption and guide planning and investment. • Assess a beverage company’s risks and opportunities associated with sourcing of key ingredients to improve resiliency by making informed decisions around future buying activities. • Conduct a hydro-economic analysis to understand the current and projected gap between water supply and demand across sectors, with results used to develop a long-term water strategy. • Identify and visualize factory-level water risk exposure of major apparel companies within three Indian river basins to help the CEO Water Mandate & Pacific Institute prioritize engagement and drive support for water conservation initiatives to reduce risk and improve water stewardship.