AWS Global Water Stewardship Forum

16-17 May 2023

AWS Global Water Stewardship Forum 2023

The 2023 Global Water Stewardship Forum will be held on 16-17 May 2023 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Please mark this date in your calendar and subscribe to the AWS International newsletter to receive updates for the event.

About the Forum

The AWS Global Water Stewardship Forum is one of the key events in which our community of members, implementers and stakeholders share knowledge and learning on the evolution of water stewardship practice and forge new directions through dialogue and partnerships. Held annually in Edinburgh, Scotland, since 2016, it has become the must-attend event for the international water stewardship community.


Our two-day programme will run from 9:00 on Tuesday 16 May to 17:30 on Wednesday 17 May 2023 (with on-the-day registration available from 8:30).

Interactive sessions will represent three cross-cutting topics: 

  • Water Stewardship in Action

Sessions will explore water stewardship in both supply chains and owned operations across AWS’s priority business sectors (Agriculture, Food & Beverage, Microelectronics, and Textiles & Apparel). 

  • Universal Themes  

Sessions explore high-level water stewardship debates including Science Based Targets for Nature (SBTN), collective action, climate resilience, and updates and follow-on conversations from UN Water. 

  • AWS System 

Sessions will cover key aspects of the Alliance for Water Stewardship System, and will this year include an overview of the AWS Standard revision process. We will also provide an opportunity to explore configuring the AWS System for scaled certification.  


Please note that registration will open for AWS Members on Monday 30 January, with general registration to open shortly after.

Overview Report, 2022

The 2022 Global Water Stewardship Forum included over 300 registered delegates, both in-person and online, representing over 130 organisations worldwide.

During the 2022 AWS Global Water Stewardship Forum, we gained insights and learned from those working on water stewardship in the private and public sectors, and civil society organisations. To learn more about the sessions and key takeaways, download and read our overview report.

For more information regarding the 2022 AWS Global Water Stewardship Forum, visit our 2022 Forum page.