RepRisk releases new report on companies and projects involved in global Water Scarcity issues

Posted: Thursday 12th January 2012

RepRisk has released a new special report on companies and projects involved in Water Scarcity issues. RepRisk has been tracking the overuse and pollution of water resources by industrial firms. Based on negative published stakeholder sentiment, the most controversial include: Halliburton, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, Encana, Barrick Gold, Black Mountain Resources and BHP Billiton.

Although RepRisk found criticism of overuse of water related to the Food and Beverage, Forestry, Paper, Alternative Energy and Biofuel industries, this report focuses on three industries over the past twelve months to analyze the impact of their operations on local communities and ecosystems. These industries are: Mining, Utilities and Oil & Gas. The Reprisk Reputation Risk Index (RRI®) and its trend are provided over a two year period for each sector.

Mining has been criticized for using vast quantities of underground water and for discharging toxic waste into freshwater sources. Indigenous groups have organized protests against companies in the Utilities sector, claiming that power plants are destroying their communities by drying out their sources of drinking water and irrigation. The ‘fracking’ technique and tar sands extraction method used by the Oil and Gas sector have been harshly criticized for using vast quantities of water and for contaminating underground water reserves.

Companies face a number of risks related to water scarcity and contamination. These include increased regulation or even the nationalization of water resources, loss of license to operate and/or lack of water supplies required for production. They may also face litigation, public backlash, protests, or shareholder resolutions, leading to reputational damage and ensuing financial loss.

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