What exactly is this goal?: currently, more than a third of the world's population (about 2.4 billion people) live in countries where water is scarce, and it is expected that this fraction will rise to two thirds by 2025. In addition, water contamination is increasing, a direct consequence of industrial wastewater and inadequate waste disposal. Moreover, climate change is causing more and more extreme weather events such as droughts and floods. In many countries it can also be difficult to access clean water and, therefore, proper hygienic conditions, causing great impacts in humanitarian, social, environmental and economic terms. The SDG 6 aims to achieve universal and equitable access to safe water and sanitation and improve water quality at global level.
Corporate role: industries must sustainably manage their wastewater reulting from the processing of products and from services delivery. Further information
How to measure the corporate contribution: some indicators to evaluate corporate actions include: the percentage of employees receiving training on hygiene; the percentage of production facilities that meet the regulations on water quality; the percentage and total volume of water recycled and reused; the degree to which the environmental impacts of products and services are reduced.