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The CEO Water Mandate is a voluntary corporate driven initiative within the confines of the United Nations Global Compact. This fact sheet exposes how companies who profit from selling and exploiting water for private gains are using the United Nations to legitimize their damaging impacts.
Water has long been the centre of contention in California, and the conflict has only intensified in the current multi-year drought. Recognizing the need to assist water-insecure regions enhance water use efficiency and conservation, in 2006 the Polaris Institute launched an effort to help California’s agriculture sector – by far the largest source of water withdrawals – organize to minimize its reliance on expensive and insecure water supplies.
In January 2007, the Polaris Institute completed a scoping report, Wetting California’s Appetite: The Water Challenge for Sustainable Agriculture, outlining the current opportunities and barriers to long-term agricultural water security.
Joe Cressy, Polaris Institue, December 2, 2009 - Exactly one year ago today (December 2, 2008) the City of Toronto became the largest city in the world to pass a comprehensive ban on bottled water, setting off a wave of backlash against bottled water that continues today. Since Toronto’s decision many news articles have been written, municipal resolutions passed, university clubs formed, and stainless steel bottles sold. To put it bluntly, the last 12 months have not been kind to the big three bottled water manufacturers Nestlé, Coca-Cola, and Pepsi, whose bottled water sales are down while the number of bans continues to increase. Finally, after years of steady bottled water growth, the past year has demonstrated strong public support for the reemergence of the tap.
So where exactly does bottled water stand in Canada right now?