About the GEMI® LWT™

UPDATED February 2013.

GEMI is a global leader in developing insights and creating environmental sustainability solutions for business. For 20+ years, GEMI has captured the vision and experience of global corporate EHS and sustainability leaders from diverse business sectors through the development of a wide range of more than 30 publicly-available, solutions-based tools designed to help companies improve the environment, their operations and add business value.

About the Global Environmental Management Initiative

The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) is a non-profit organization of leading companies dedicated to fostering environmental, health and safety excellence and corporate citizenship worldwide. Through the collaborative efforts of its members, GEMI also promotes a worldwide business ethic for environmental, health and safety management and sustainable development through example and leadership. The guidance included in this document is based on the professional judgment of the individual collaborators listed in the acknowledgements.


The GEMI Local Water Tool™ (LWT) and the GEMI LWT™ for Oil and Gas were developed through a collaborative process by the GEMI Water Sustainability Work Group and non-member companies were able to participate in the development of a GEMI solution tool as LWT Project Participants.

The project was co-chaired by: Karl Fennessey, Director of Water and Biodiversity, ConocoPhillips; Bill Lechner, Vice President, Global Environment Health and Safety & Security, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company; and Maurice (Moe) Bechard, Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety and Product Stewardship, Sealed Air Corporation.

CH2MHill assisted in the development of the tools and was led by Jan Dell, Partha Bora and Steven Layman.

GEMI staff contributing to these tools included Steve Hellem and Amy Goldman.

The ideas in this document are those of the individual collaborators and not necessarily their organizations. Neither GEMI, LWT Project Participants, nor its consultants are responsible for any form of damage that may result from the application of the guidance contained in this document.

GEMI Water Sustainability Work Group Members

Katrina Hendricks, 3M
Keith Miller, 3M
Carie Mathison, 3M
Lisa Marx, Abbott
Lindell Sneed, Abbott
Nozi Hamidi, Ashland, Inc.
Karen Murphy, Ashland, Inc.
Patrick Hoy, Biogen Idec
Mike Stanfill, BNSF Railway
Kelly Harvey, BNSF Railway
Peter Dahm, Cargill, Inc.
Greg Jason, Cargill, Inc.
Kimberly Thorstad, Cargill, Inc.
Neville Dias, Carnival Corporation & plc
Jim Van Langen, Carnival Corporation & plc
Paul Halberstadt, ConAgra Foods
Catherine Warner, ConAgra Foods
Karl Fennessey, ConocoPhillips
Margaret Huston, ConocoPhillips
Bill Stephens, ConocoPhillips
Karen Adams, CSX
Meaghan Atkinson, CSX
Mark Hause, DuPont
Patrizia Buttini, ENI S.p.A
Steve Zebowitz, FedEx
Lori Williams, FedEx

Bob Sherman, Halliburton
Mark Chatelain, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Jennifer Kreusch, Johnson & Johnson
Vivian Pai, Johnson & Johnson
Phil McAndrew, Kraft Foods
Larry Richards, Legrand
Michael Fessler, MedImmune
Mary Buzby, Merck & Company, Inc.
Barb Schulz, Merck & Company, Inc.
Steve Schwalb, Perdue Family of Companies
Steve Shedroff, Procter & Gamble Company
Al Collins, Occidental Petroleum Corp.
Krish Ravishankar, Occidental Petroleum Corp.
Carl Wirdak, Occidental Petroleum Corp.
Moe Bechard, Sealed Air Corporation
Lubna Edwards, Sealed Air Corporation
Cassie Zwart, Sealed Air Corporation
Bill Lechner, Scotts Miracle-Gro
Moe Bechard, Sealed Air Corporation
Cassie Zwart, Sealed Air Corporation
Bill Gill, Smithfield Foods
Stewart Leeth, Smithfield Foods
Tonya Blalock, Southern Company
Brad Burke, Southern Company
Dean Miracle, Southern Company
Leslie Montgomery, Southern Company

LWT Project Participants:

Ivon Studer, AkzoNobel
Achar Ramachandra, BP
Alistair Wyness, BP
Mike Mathis, Chesapeake Energy Corporation
Veronica Blackwell, Chevron
Laura Keating Brown, Exxon Mobil Corporation
Cindy Havran, Exxon Mobil Corporation
Peter Apostoluk, Greif
Scott Griffin, Greif
Tom Cooper, Intel
Rita Kasperski, Intel
Alan Leibowitz, ITT

Bennett Leff, ITT
Toby Croucher, Maersk Oil
Bill Arling, Nexen, Inc.
Kathrn Milne, Nexen
Amaia Zabaleta, Repsol YPF S.A.
Maike Boggemann, Shell
Unni Ingvild Musdalslien, Statoil
Julie Ulan, Suncor Energy Inc.
Maike Boggeman, Shell
Claire Gough, Talisman Energy Inc.
Patricia Mani, TOTAL


Special Thanks

During the course of the project, members of a GEMI-NGO External Advisory Group (EAG) shared their insights into aspects of the GEMI LWT™ during a workshop and live demo of the tool and had the opportunity to pilot the draft tool and provide feedback and suggestions for GEMI’s consideration to incorporate into the final tool. 

The following people participated in the EAG workshop and/or reviewed and commented on the contents of the GEMI LWT™:

Jason Morrison, Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) and CEO Water Mandate
Marcus Norton, Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Water
Marielle Canter Weikel, Conservation International
Sabine von Wirén-Lehr, European Water Partnership (EWP)
Ruth Romer, as International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA)
Julie van der Bliele, International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Susan Fernandes, U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD)
Kathy Baczko, WASH Advocacy Initiative
Anne-Leonore Boffi, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Volaine Berger, WBCSD
Tien Shiao, World Resources Institute, (WRI)
Rob Kimball, WRI
Alexis Morgan, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) / Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS)                     
Nicole Tanner, WWF / AWS
Christopher Williams, WWF