Overall Objective of the Forum

To advance the integrity and coordination of water stewardship, helping to pave the way for scalable uptake and significant impact.

Theme of the Forum

AWS Water Stewardship: Building Participation and Ownership; Maintaining Credibility (this theme reflects AWS’s current strategic priorities)

Forum Venue

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yards, infirmary Street, Edinburgh

Day 1: November 1st

Theme for Day 1: Understanding the role of AWS in the global water stewardship landscape

09:00-09:15Welcome addressMichael Spencer
AWS Chair
09:15-09:30Key note addressesTerry A'Hearn, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)
09:30-10:30The state of water stewardship"Corporate water management and stewardship: ‘taking stock’ of the current status, to better understand opportunities and limitations".
Presentation by Peter Newborne, based on the 2015-16 study carried out by James Dalton-IUCN and Peter Newborne-ODI.

Stuart Orr: Head of Freshwater, WWF-International
Brigitte Dittrich-Krämer: Senior Sustainability Manager, BASF
Lesha Witmer: Women for Water Partnership
Jane Petty: Climate & Environment Department, DfID
Moderated by Philip Beetlestone, GIZ/IWaSP
11:00 -12:30Learning from implementation of AWS Standard Geoff Townsend: Industry Fellow, Nalco Water / Ecolab
Chris Brown: Vice President, Environmental Sustainability, Olam International
Carlo Galli: Technical Director, Water Resources, Nestle
Sanjib Bezbaroa: Executive Vice President, Corporate EHS, ITC
Moderated by Alexis Morgan
13:30- 14:00The Scottish Government and water stewardshipRoseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform
Q&A with Jon Rathjen, Water Industry Team Leader, Scottish Government
14:00-15:00Connecting local and global part 1: Parallel breakout sessions
Breakout 1: Water stewardship in supply chainsHazel Culley: Foods Plan A Team, Marks & Spencer
Jos van Oostrum: Global Sustainable Sourcing Senior Manager, Mars
Philipp Wagnitz: Advisor Freshwater, WWF-Germany

Moderated by Joost Oorthuizen, IDH
Breakout 2: Water stewardship in investments
Building resilience, realising opportunity and delivering water security through investor intervention
David Sheasby: Head of Governance and Sustainability, Martin Currie Investment Management Ltd.
Andrew Mason: Analyst, Standard Life Investments

Moderated by Morgan Gillespy, CDP
Breakout 3: Water stewardship in catchment managementPhakamani Buthelezi: CEO, Breede-Overberg CMA (invited)
Jason Alexandra: Farmer, consultant & former executive, Murray Darling Basin Authority
Diane Duncan: Head of Low Carbon and Clean Tech, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Moderated by Michael Spencer, AWS
15:30-15:45Feedback on local to global breakoutsModerated by Dean Amhaus, The Water Council
15:45-16:45Connecting local and global part 2:
Building regional AWS networks
Introduction by Dean Amhaus, President & CEO, The Water Council
Asia-Pacific: Zhenzhen Xu, AWS Regional Manager for Asia Pacific
South Asia: Sanjib Bezbaroa, India Water Stewardship Network
Europe: Sergiy Moroz, Policy Director, European Water Partnership
Africa: Mark Dent, AWS Regional Manager for Southern Africa
North America: Matt Howard, AWS Regional Director, North America
Moderated by Dean Amhaus, The Water Council
16:45- 17:45Connecting local and global part 3: AWS and key international development processes Michael Alexander: Head of Water, Environment, Agriculture Sustainability, Diageo
Stephanie Lyons: Policy Analyst (Water Security and Climate Change), WaterAid
Sophie Nguyen Khoa: Senior Advisor Water for Food / Water & Infrastructure, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation
Moderated by Lisa Greenlee, WaterAid
17:45-18:00Summary of day 1Michael Spencer
AWS Chair
18:00-19:15Drinks reception sponsored by Diageodiageo_logo

Day 2: November 2nd

Theme for Day 2: Strengthening the AWS system

09:00-09:30Recap of day 1 and introduction to day 2 program
Introduction to AWS system
Matt Howard: AWS Regional Director for North America, AWS
09:30-10:45Creating coherence: Parallel breakouts
Breakout 1:
Advancing coordination between AWS and other water initiatives
Anders Berntell: Executive Director, 2030WRG
Ruth Mathews: Executive Director, Water Footprint Network
Stuart Orr: Head of Freshwater, WWF-International
Jason Morrison: Head, UN CEO Water Mandate
Moderated by Nick Hepworth, Water Witness International
Breakout 2: Advancing collaboration between AWS and other standard systemsBas Geerts: Standards Director, ASC
Damien Sanfilippo: Director of Standards and Assurance, BCI
Chris Brown: Vice President, Environmental Sustainability, Olam
Helen Ireland: Manager, Innovations,ISEAL Alliance
Jonathan Smith: CEO, Golf Environment Organization
Breakout 3: Understanding how natural capital accounting and water stewardship can be mutually beneficialMorag Garden: Head of Sustainability & Innovation, Scotch Whisky Association
Derek Stewart: Enhancing Crop Productivity and Utilisation Research Theme Leader, James Hutton Institute
Mark Williams: Environmental Regulation and Climate Change Manager, Scottish Water

Moderated by Jonathan Hughes, Chair, Scottish Forum on Natural Capital
10:45-11:15Feedback on Creating Coherence breakout sessionsBreakout session convenorsModerated by Barry Clarke, AWS
11:45-13:00Access to socially robust information for AWS Standard implementationPhilip Beetlestone: Water Stewardship Advisor and Regional Coordinator, GIZ/IWaSP
Francesca Cerchia: Global Product Manager, Carbon & Water, SGS
Matt Howard: AWS Regional Director for North America, AWS
Helen Ireland: Manager, Innovations, ISEAL Alliance
Ruth Mathews: Executive Director, WFN
Richard Robertson: Technical Manager, AWS
Damien Sanfilippo: Director of Standards and Assurance, BCI
Erika Zarate Torres, Good Stuff International
Zhenzhen XU: AWS Regional Director for Asia Pacific, AWS
Dynamic café style session
14:00-14:30Turning socially robust information into a global platform for water stewardship knowledgeFrancesca Cerchia: SGS-UK
Helen Ireland: ISEAL Alliance
Ruth Mathews: WFN
Erika Zarate Torres: Good Stuff International
Zhenzhen XU: AWS
Moderated by Ken Caplan, PiP
14:30-15:30Strengthening the AWS business caseAndre Lammerding: Head, IWaSP
Geoff Townsend: Industry Fellow, Nalco Water / Ecolab
Ed Pinero: Director, Pinero Group
Lisa Kushner: Corporate Engagement Advisor, Water, The Nature Conservancy
Moderated by Matt Howard, AWS
15:30- 15:45Break
15:45 – 16:45Finance to support uptake and development of AWS water stewardshipJohan Gély: Head, Global Programme Water, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Thirza Bronner: Sr Programme Advisor Public Private Partnerships, Netherlands Enterprise Agency
Jens Hoenerhoff: Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Governance, DEG
Moderated by Kemi Seesink, CARE USA
16:45-17:15Closing session summarizing key outcomes and next steps
Wednesday eveningCultural event (TBC)