ISS on Addressing the Looming Water Crisis in Investment Portfolios

Water means life. More than half of our bodies consist of water, and it is an indispensable resource for production of food and other goods. It is fundamental for societies and ecosystems alike. While water covers approximately 70 percent of our planet’s surface, only 0.5 percent is freshwater that is readily available in lakes and river systems. Over the last few decades these freshwater resources have come under increasing pressure due to population growth, climate change, and unsustainable production and consumption patterns.

According to the UN World Water Development Report 2020, global demand for water has been increasing by

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