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Water-related disclosures

The CDSB Framework application guidance for water-related disclosures (Water Guidance) will support companies in reporting material water-related information in the mainstream report.

Download the CDSB Framework Application guidance for water-related disclosures here.

What is the CDSB application guidance for water-related disclosure? 

The Water Guidance will provide an additional layer of detail to the CDSB Framework, integrating elements from existing reporting standards on water. The guidance will be applicable globally.

The focus of the guidance is on the first six reporting requirements of the CDSB Framework (REQ-01-06)

Biodiversity and Water Reporting Templates

These Biodiversity and Water reporting template examples illustrate how to disclose biodiversity and/or water sustainability-related risks and opportunities in the mainstream report to investors, lenders, and other creditors (users) in a connected way, including possible locations within the mainstream report.

Understanding that environmental information cannot be separated from wider social information, it is important preparers retain a holistic and interconnected approach when reporting on sustainability matters, ensuring investors receive a complete picture of the connectivity of material sustainability-related information on risks and opportunities from biodiversity, water, social and climate, for example. The examples demonstrate how companies operating in specific sectors could meet relevant elements of CDSB’s disclosure requirements, including reference to the relevant checklist points.

Who is the main audience?

The guidance is designed to enhance the decision-usefulness of water-related information disclosed in the mainstream reports by listed companies. Investors are the primary audience of this information. 

Who supports the development of the guidance?

The development of the Water Guidance is supported by the Technical Working Group on water-related disclosure. Over 60 members of the group, coming from various backgrounds, bring expertise in the disclosure of water-related information. Their work includes:   

  • Reviewing drafts and literature;
  • Sharing knowledge and experience;
  • Providing feedback on all development stages; and
  • Engaging stakeholders for roundtables, pilot groups, and public consultation.

Who funds the development of the guidance?

The CDSB Framework application guidance for water-related disclosures comes as part of the four-year project, supported by the LIFE Programme of the European Union. The aim of the project is to enhance nature-related financial disclosures in mainstream reports across Europe and beyond. This publication is funded in part by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Francesca Recanati, Technical Manager at CDSB:

With the contribution of the LIFE Programme of the European Union. The content of this page is the sole responsibility of the author and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.

This publication is funded in part by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.