Module 5 brings together
the results of Modules 1 through 4, enabling the organization
to develop a water strategy tailored to its needs and circumstances.
Effective strategies are typically composed of measurable
goals, achievable targets, clear responsibilities, prioritized
action plans, and defined continual improvement processes.
This module prompts the organization to consider how a range
of continual improvement might be implemented across multiple
business functions and activities to achieve a companys
desired water sustainability goals. This module helps an organization
answer the following questions.
- What roles should
various business functions play in the development and implementation
of a company water strategy?
- What steps and actions can the business
take to achieve its desired water-related goals within a
continual improvement framework?
The activities addressed in Modules
4 and 5 produce the building blocks of a companys
water strategygoals, roles and responsibilities, and
action plans. This information could be organized into a comprehensive
business water strategy or incorporated as specific elements
into broader business strategy and planning efforts, depending
on the companys needs.
Companies are likely to have established environmental and
business strategy and planning processes. Integrating, or
at least coordinating, water strategy development activities
with these broader, established strategy and planning processes
can mainstream the organizations water strategy, enhancing
both efficiencies and effectiveness. For example, GEMIs
SD Planner (www.gemi.org)
provides a framework to assist organizations in their development
and implementation of a comprehensive approach to sustainable
development that encompasses water-related issues.