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CEO Briefing: Global Depletion of Aquifers

The exposure of multinational companies to depleting and degrading groundwater is increasing. Companies face high exposure to the depletion of aquifers because groundwater resources are so poorly regulated.

Aquifers hold 96% of the planet’s freshwater reserves. Their rapid depletion is a systemic risk to 1 billion people in the world’s growing economies. Aquifers are shared across national borders and have the potential to spark conflict. Companies must act beyond their site operations and help improve groundwater governance if they are to ensure their sustainable growth.

This CEO briefing provides companies with an analysis of their risks, regional priorities and recommendations to collaborate with governments to ensure their long-term viability.

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