The concept of what determines a sustainable community has been discussed during the last few years by many companies, cities and governments. It’s our belief that leaders of today are thinking about the future that they want to see tomorrow for themselves, their children and their grandchildren.
We know that clean drinking water, fresh air, and untainted arable land are becoming less abundant. Yet, we must maintain—and even increase—access to these natural resources to meet our present needs. How is this possible without threatening the viability of future generations? The answer is simple—by replenishing as we go through sustainable development—but the delivery is complex and difficult.
Our focus and attention is to have a balanced integration and alignment of economic, environmental, and social alliances to help construct what it means to be a sustainable community. While we understand that an assimilated approach will bring differing opinions, the outcome of these collaborations will result in a more sustainable community.
This pursuit of sustainable communities is part of United Water’s 2012 Sustainable Development Report . The report gives an honest assessment of where we succeeded and where we fell short of our goals in 2012.
United Water’s Sustainable Development Policy is organized around four priorities and 12 commitments. The priorities are:
(1) conserve resources by reusing, recycling and reducing;
(2) innovate to respond to environmental challenges;
(3) empower our employees as actors of sustainable development; and
(4) build our development goals with all stakeholders.
While we are certainly proud of our accomplishments in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, water leaks and theft, and in hiring more women in leadership roles, to name a few, we realize we have a long way to go. Now, we need to hear from you. And we pledge to incorporate the expectations of our stakeholders in our operations and development.
So no matter what role you play in this extended community—customer, client, lawmaker, United Water employee, regulator, or environmentalist—we need you to ask questions and to challenge us to do better. Our sustainable future is counting on it. We’re listening to comments on our blog and to feedback on our social media channels @unitedwater and www.facebook.com/UnitedWater.
For a link to our 2012 Sustainable Development Report please click here.