Corporations as Custodians of the Public Good?

Exploring the Intersection of Corporate Water Stewardship and Global Water Governance

  • Thérèse Rudebeck

Part of the Water Governance - Concepts, Methods, and Practice book series (WGCMP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Incorporation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Thérèse Rudebeck
      Pages 21-55
    3. Thérèse Rudebeck
      Pages 57-80
  3. Involvement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Thérèse Rudebeck
      Pages 83-106
    3. Thérèse Rudebeck
      Pages 107-130
  4. Influence

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 197-198

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive assessment of how local corporate water strategies influence global water governance objectives. In various geographies, companies spearhead a quest for more sustainable water management within and beyond their own operations. This book critically examines such strategies and provides an overarching analysis of the effects that mounting corporate involvement has had on the global water discourse. 

More specifically, it explains why companies from the food, beverage, textile, and mining sectors have started to incorporate water management objectives into their business strategies, how companies work in partnerships with other stakeholders to realize these objectives, and how these actions acquire wider political legitimacy. It presents insightful interview material from business leaders and other high-level stakeholders. 

Readers will gain the necessary knowledge to develop a critical view and respond appropriately.


Resources Management Corporate water strategies Water Politics Influence of companies on water policy Political Legitimacy of Water Corporations Corporate water stewardship Water in business strategies Corporate water stakeholders

Authors and affiliations

  • Thérèse Rudebeck
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Geography & Sustainable DevelopmentUniversity of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUK

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