In this section you can learn how to join AWS, support AWS, register to receive updates and information about AWS and participate in public consultations. These are accessible using the links on the left side of this page.
AWS Introdctory Membership is now open
Multi-stakeholder participation is a core principle of water stewardship. AWS is implementing a system of multi-stakeholder governance through a membership structure based on participation from all sectors.
The first phase of AWS membership will be “Introductory Membership” up to the end of 2016. Organizations joining AWS as introductory members will participate in the design of a long-term membership package to be implemented from 2017. To see who has joined already please visit the "AWS Members" page or click here
Who can join AWS?
AWS Introductory Membership is open to legally registered organizations that are committed to the principles of water stewardship and to promoting the water stewardship system.
What are the benefits of AWS Introductory Membership?
Joining AWS as an Introductory Member AWS will provide the opportunity to
- Promote your organization’s support for responsible use of freshwater
- Help to shape the technical development of the AWS system, including the AWS Standard, verification system and accreditation program.
- Participate in shaping AWS governance and organizational structures
- Build partnerships with other leading organizations
AWS Introductory Members are recognised as belonging to three categories: private sector, public sector and civil society groups.
AWS will be governed by its members, in accordance with an approved constitution (for a copy of the constitution please get in touch). The General Assembly of members will elect the AWS Board as well as the Technical Committee to review the AWS Standard and other technical material, and to ensure the integrity and quality control of the AWS system.
How to join AWS?
Introductory membership fees
AWS Introductory membership fees are outlined below, but we would of course welcome more substantial support to help accelerate the growth of AWS.
The list of AWS Introductory Members is growing steadily. Our current lists of members by sector are listed below.
Private sector AWS members
Civil society AWS members
Full list of AWS members
As we roll out the AWS system, there are numerous opportunities to support the future development of AWS and water stewardship, either through funding or in-kind contributions. Options include
- Pilot testing the AWS Standard, for example within your business or with supply chain or investment partners.
- Providing technical support to companies applying the AWS Standard
- Strengthening AWS engagement in your region
- Hosting events to promote water stewardship, for example within a specific industry sector
- Strengthening the capacity of the AWS Secretariat through in-kind technical assistance or consulting.
If you are interested in strengthening the impact of water stewardship, please get in touch at info-at-allianceforwaterstewardship-dot-org
Join us as we work together to establish a water stewardship program to recognize and reward water management and usage that is socially and economically beneficial as well as environmentally sustainable.
For general enquiries about AWS, please contact us by email at info-at-allianceforwaterstewardship-dot-org
Individual members of the AWS secretariat can be contacted using the following links.
Adrian Sym, Executive Director - email Adrian
Mark Dent, AWS Regional Manager Southern Africa - email Mark
Matt Howard, AWS Director, North America - email Matt
Zhenzhen Xu, AWS Asia Pacific Regional Director - email Zhenzhen
Richard Robertson, AWS Technical Manager - email Richard
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