Since 2014 we have been collaborating with GIZ’s International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) to advance water stewardship uptake in Africa.

IWaSP is an international water security programme which combines global best practices in water stewardship with local know-how. Funding for IWaSP comes from Department for International Development (DFID) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Learn more information about IWaSP.

We are partner to a SECO-funded “Water Stewardship: Promoting sustainability and competitiveness in Peruvian asparagus value chains”. Using the AWS Standard, this project connects Peruvian growers, Europe-based traders and retailers, and influential Peruvian stakeholders through a “local, global, institutional” approach.

Project partners are AWS, Centro de Investigación of Universidad del Pacífico, Marks & Spencer, Coop (Switzerland), Barfoots, IFC/2030 Water Resources Group, DanPer and SGS. The partners are actively seeking to engage other producers, retailers and policy-makers in the project to increase uptake of AWS water stewardship in the Peruvian asparagus sector. This project also supports the technical and governance development of AWS.



We are working with German retailer Edeka, WWF-Germany to apply the AWS Standard in high risk Edeka supply clusters.

AWS is partner to the SDC-funded WAPRO project which aims to increase water efficiency and food production (WAPRO) in key commodity value chains through multi-stakeholder partnerships applying a push-pull-policy strategy.

Led by Swiss NGO Helvetas, WAPRO is now in its first three-year phase of implementation (2015-2018) with six sub-projects operating in India, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. These projects focus on rice and cotton production using two commodity platforms: the Sustainable Rice Platform and the Better Cotton Initiative.

The AWS Standard is being introduced as a means of connecting on-the-ground actions with local policy interventions. Market partners include Mars, Rice Partners Limited and Swiss supermarket Coop. Learn more about this project on the Sustainability Exchange.

Water Stewardship Australia is leading a DFAT-funded project to identify water ‘hot-spots’ in supply chains of Australian companies, and to build local partnerships to address water challenges using a multi-stakeholder water stewardship approach. This project also supports the technical development of AWS at an international level.