About Us

Together we can make responsible water stewardship the global business norm.

Launched at COP26, the Glasgow Declaration for Fair Water Footprints aims to transform the way the world's water resources are managed- to build climate resilience, and support the needs of communities, businesses and ecosystems, and ensure water and sanitation for all by 2030.

Declaration signatories commit to:

  • Zero Water Pollution
  • Sustainable and equitable withdrawal and water use
  • Full access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for workers
  • Working with and protecting nature
  • Planning for droughts and floods.

Our Timeline


Minister Zac Goldsmith commits the UK to take action to reduce its unsustainable water footprint at SIWI World Water Week.

August 2021

A global call to action for sustainable and fair water footprints is launched at SIWI World Water Week.

October 2021

Representatives of governments, business, civil society begin shaping a joint declaration at Chatham House event.

November 2021

The Glasgow Declaration for Fair Water Footprints is launched by 26 signatories at COP26.

Spring 2022

Signatories in Malawi and Peru kick start their plans towards a fair water footprint

May 2022

Attendance at the Sanitation and Water for All Sector Minister’s Meeting in Jakarta triggers interest from new countries.

July 2022

The Declaration is adopted as an initiative of the Adaptation Action Coalition.

August 2022

Signatories and new partners demonstrate the power of collective action at SIWI World Water Week.

Glasgow Declaration Advisory Board

An Advisory Board comprised of Signatory representatives provides strategic guidance and advice to a Programme Management Unit (PMU) on all issues. This includes laying out the strategic needs for supporting existing Signatories and discussing engagement with potential new Signatories, as well as reviewing and approving workplans, priorities and budgets for the year ahead.

Technical Advisory Group

A Technical Advisory Group (TAG) delivers guidance on a range of technical issues concerning the delivery of the Declaration’s commitments. Comprising of Signatories and external experts, the TAG provides the credible advice needed to fulfil requirements for transparency, accountability, inclusion, integrity and efficient delivery.


Signatories are supported by a Programme Management Unit (PMU) that manages the day-to-day functioning of the Declaration delivery programme. At present this work is shared between CDP, Chatham House, Water Witness International, and the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. The PMU:

  • Provides evidence of best practice and innovation on fair water footprints and supports Signatories to implement their commitments
  • Supports a community of practice for Signatories in which to share experiences and discuss and resolve thematic and technical issues
  • Supports diplomatic efforts to grow the Signatory community through outreach to partners and other initiatives.

Guidance notes

Helpful tools and guides for Declaration Signatories and others with an interest in getting involved