Guiding Principles

The 2030 WRG subscribes to the CEO Water Mandate as guiding principles for the private sector’s engagement in water resources policy. We adhere to 5 basic principles.

Principle 1: Advance sustainable water management
Principle 2: Respect public and private roles
Principle 3: Strive for inclusiveness and partnerships
Principle 4: Be pragmatic and consider integrated engagement
Principle 5: Be accountable and transparent

The 2030 WRG’s core values of inclusivity, transparency, accountability, and integrity are central to achieving its mission.

We aim to ensure that our multi-stakeholder platforms give everyone an equal say and that all voices are heard, particularly those representing minorities, and vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. To establish the credibility and legitimacy of these platforms, we want to involve all relevant actors in the countries in which we work and identify legitimate stakeholders, ensuring that their interests are represented fairly and transparently. During the reporting period, 2030 WRG continued to improve the inclusivity of its programs in all of its partner countries. Recognizing the role women play in managing water resources, we ensure our multi-stakeholder platforms include women, and that our work is guided by how they are affected by water challenges. See page xx for more detail on our gender strategy.

We believe that people perform more effectively if they know that their words will be heard and their actions will be seen. 2030 WRG aims to ensure that its work remains transparent.

Access to information promotes a broader understanding of global issues and allows policymakers and advocacy groups to make informed decisions. 2030 WRG adheres to the CEO Water Mandate’s Guidelines for Responsible Business Engagement in Water Policy and encourages its partners to do the same. We also provide clear and accessible ways for our stakeholders and the general public to view and download any of our material from our website. This includes documents on the work of the multi-stakeholder platforms in the countries in which we operate.

Accountability for water security rests on many shoulders. The 2030 WRG Code of Conduct governs the Secretariat, multi-stakeholder platform chairs, personnel on temporary assignment, and corporate and non-corporate members. These 2030 WRG actors share the code with everyone they engage with in the countries in which they operate. This way, we can share the principles and rules governing our actions and encourage similar behavior in our partners.

We hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity, ethical behavior, and good business practices and we expect our partners to meet these standards. 2030 WRG identifies, examines, and evaluates integrity risks. It reports suspected fraud or corruption to its World Bank Group partners (800-831-0463 or


Strengthening the voices of women in water management

Women are increasingly recognized as central in managing and safeguarding water resources, but cultural and structural barriers still hinder their participation in managing this resource. 2030 WRG is committed to SDG 5 (achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) and will continue to promote inclusive multi-stakeholder platforms that represent the interests of all individuals – women and men alike – who rely on this shared resource.

We promote inclusion in water management by:

  • Using a gender perspective to guide our initial analysis in new countries. This includes engaging with stakeholders to identify water resources challenges that may affect women in particular and developing solutions to address these effectively.
  • Ensuring representation in 2030 WRG’s multi-stakeholder platforms is inclusive and gives voice to both men and women. We engage key actors in each partner country to ensure a more inclusive process that incorporates women’s views and encourages equal opportunities for leadership, irrespective of gender. For example, in Peru, the Minister of Women and Vulnerable Populations is a member of 2030 WRG’s Steering Board.
  • Taking a gender-inclusive approach to implementing programs. We design our programs to reduce the risk of unfair biases. For example, by ensuring single-women households have access to financial instruments for efficient irrigation.

By addressing these three focus areas, 2030 WRG will contribute to a better understanding of gender dynamics in water management, ensure women’s voices are heard, and ensure women benefit from its work.

Recognizing that gender dynamics and water needs differ by country, 2030 WRG’s approach to developing targeted in-country activities is tailored to each country and follows a step-by-step approach, with specific activities targeting areas that significantly affect women. Each new country will have a gender strategy and a system to monitor gender indicators. We will also encourage women’s participation in the multi-stakeholder platforms in existing country partnerships and ensure that equal access to key water solutions guides the implementation of country initiatives.