Representing the integral approach to water challenges, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) is more than aware that all different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are intertwined and equally important. So are doing business and sustainability. At NWP we believe that business and sustainability go hand in hand. That environmental and economic challenges stimulate creativity and innovative solutions. We believe that businesses and therefore the economy will be more viable and resilient if long term sustainability is taken into account.
The Dutch water sector (DWS) has a crucial role to play when it comes to achieving the SDGs as water lies at the basis of human health, planetary health, robust resilient systems, food security as well as socio-economic and gender equality. We believe in and strive for equal global collaboration for a sustainable future, using water as a starting point.
NWP’s objective is to double the impact of the Dutch water sector, although this is easier said than done. In order to lay the foundation of this ambitious plan, KPMG together with NWP conducts an impact assessment of the DWS on SDG 6 ('Clean water and sanitation for all') and other SDGs – social, environmental and economic. By setting a baseline of the current impact of the DWS, as well as share good practices of those organisations that already apply the SDGs in their work, we aim to inspire and empower other organisations to do the same. We believe in a positive approach to achieve more impact worldwide, with the SDGs as guiding principles.
Aside from our own activities around the SDGs, NWP is also taking the coordinating role of the SDG 6 Alliance, with NWP’s Managing Director Bianca Nijhof as the coordinator. The alliance will among other things:
Taking SDG 6 as a starting point, NWP naturally makes the cross-connection to other SDGs that are inherently linked to water or where water can make key contributions.