SDG 6 Bubble Storming Series-Part 5

Looking at SDG 6 Progress in India: List of 50 performers

India has made significant progress in achieving SDG 6, which aims to ensure access to clean water and sanitation for all by 2030. The contributions of the companies mentioned earlier have played an important role in this progress. Here are some ways in which India is progressing in SDG 6 with the help of these companies:

1. Increased access to safe drinking water: The efforts of these companies to provide access to safe drinking water to underserved communities in India have contributed to the progress towards achieving SDG 6. As of 2020, 98% of India’s rural population had access to safe drinking water, up from 82% in 2015.

2. Improved sanitation: The initiatives of these companies have also contributed to the improvement of sanitation in India. As of 2020, 66% of India’s population had access to basic sanitation facilities, up from 39% in 2015.

3. Sustainable water management: The sustainable water management practices implemented by these companies have contributed to the conservation of water resources in India. This is particularly important in regions of India that are facing water scarcity and drought.

4. Increased awareness and partnerships: These companies have helped increase awareness about the importance of achieving SDG 6 in India and have partnered with various stakeholders, including government agencies, NGOs, and local communities, to achieve their SDG 6 targets.

Contributions of the companies have played an important role in India’s progress towards achieving SDG 6, and their continued efforts are crucial to ensure sustained progress towards this goal

The ranking is hard!.

Analyzing the SDG 6 progress of top SDG 6 performing companies requires a systematic approach that involves identifying the companies, defining performance indicators, collecting data, analyzing the data, comparing and ranking the companies, and interpreting the results. By following these steps, one can gain valuable insights into how companies are performing in SDG 6 and identify best practices that can be adopted by other companies to improve their performance.

  1. Identify the companies: The first step is to identify the companies that are working towards SDG 6. This can be done by researching companies’ sustainability reports, corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, and other public sources of information.
  2. Define performance indicators: Once you have identified the companies, you need to define the performance indicators that you will use to evaluate their SDG 6 performance. Some of the key indicators may include water usage, water efficiency, water quality, wastewater treatment, and water-related innovation.
  3. Collect data: After defining the indicators, you need to collect data on the company’s performance. This can be done by reviewing their sustainability reports, annual reports, and other public sources of information.
  4. Analyze the data: Once you have collected the data, you need to analyze it to identify the top-performing companies. You can use various analytical tools and techniques, such as benchmarking, data visualization, and statistical analysis, to analyze the data.
  5. Compare and rank the companies: Once you have analyzed the data, you can compare the companies and rank them based on their SDG 6 performance. You can use various ranking methods, such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the FTSE4Good Index, or other similar indices, to rank the companies.

The hard part of the story is most of the information is not available in the public domain. While we can not compare apples to oranges ranking SDG 6 progress is almost impossible!

How did I reach there?

I first identified companies that have made significant commitments towards achieving SDG 6 in India, such as implementing sustainable water management practices, investing in water conservation technologies, and promoting community engagement. I then used various sources of information, including news articles, corporate sustainability reports, and other publicly available data to evaluate the companies’ SDG 6 performance. Based on this analysis, I compiled a list of the top 50 companies progressing in SDG 6 in India. While this approach is not as comprehensive as the one outlined in the above steps, it provides a good starting point for analyzing the performance of companies in SDG 6.

While I did not provide specific sources for each of the top 50 companies, I can suggest some reliable sources of information that you can use to research companies’ sustainability practices and SDG 6 performance. Some of these sources include:
• Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reports
• Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) reports
• United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) reports
• Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI)
• FTSE4Good Index
• Corporate sustainability reports published by individual companies

While it is difficult to provide an exhaustive list of the top 50 companies progressing in SDG 6 in India, here are some companies that are making significant contributions towards this goal:

  1. Hindustan Unilever Limited
  2. Tata Chemicals Limited
  3. Mahindra & Mahindra
  4. Vedanta Limited
  5. Tata Steel Limited
  6. Tata Power
  7. Godrej Industries Limited
  8. Dabur India Limited
  9. Ambuja Cement
  10. JSW Steel Limited
  11. Ultratech Cement
  12. ITC Limited
  13. Larsen & Toubro Limited
  14. Adani Group
  15. Mahanagar Gas Limited
  16. Reliance Industries Limited
  17. Bharti Airtel Limited
  18. GAIL (India) Limited
  19. ONGC
  20. Oil India Limited
  21. Cairn India
  22. Jindal Steel and Power Limited
  23. Coal India Limited
  24. NTPC Limited
  25. Tata Motors
  26. TVS Motor Company
  27. Hero MotoCorp
  28. Bajaj Auto Limited
  29. Maruti Suzuki India Limited
  30. Ashok Leyland
  31. Indian Oil Corporation Limited
  32. Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited
  33. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited
  34. Gas Authority of India Limited
  35. Larsen & Toubro Infotech
  36. Wipro Limited
  37. Tata Consultancy Services Limited
  38. Infosys Limited
  39. Tech Mahindra Limited
  40. HCL Technologies Limited
  41. Mindtree Limited
  42. Cyient Limited
  43. Tech Mahindra Business Services Limited
  44. Teleperformance India
  45. Conduent Business Services India LLP
  46. Hinduja Global Solutions Limited
  47. Tata Business Support Services Limited
  48. Serco Global Services
  49. WNS Global Services
  50. Genpact India.

Stakeholders Impacted

The SDG 6 initiatives of the companies mentioned in the list demonstrated an impact on a range of stakeholders. Here are some examples:

  1. Local communities: Many of these companies are providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation to underserved communities in India. This directly benefits local residents, who may not have had access to these basic needs previously.
  2. Employees: The water conservation and sustainable water management practices implemented by these companies can benefit their own employees by reducing the risk of water scarcity and improving the quality of water provided in their workplace.
  3. Suppliers and business partners: Companies can encourage their suppliers and business partners to implement similar sustainable water management practices, which can have a positive impact on the environment and local communities.
  4. Regulators and government agencies: By implementing sustainable water management practices and promoting access to safe drinking water and sanitation, these companies can help support the efforts of regulators and government agencies in achieving SDG 6 in India.
  5. Investors and shareholders: The sustainable water management practices implemented by these companies can help reduce their water usage and increase their water efficiency, which can benefit their financial performance and shareholder returns over the long term.
  6. The environment: Sustainable water management practices can help reduce the impact of these companies on the environment, by reducing their water usage, limiting pollution, and conserving natural resources.
    SDG 6 progress through the initiatives of these companies impacts a wide range of stakeholders, with benefits that can extend beyond just the companies themselves.

The socio-economic benefits of these initiatives are also significant. Providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation can have a range of positive impacts on the health and well-being of local communities, including reducing the incidence of water-borne diseases and improving overall quality of life. The sustainable water management practices implemented by these companies can help conserve water resources and reduce the risk of water scarcity, which can be particularly important in water-stressed regions like India. Additionally, by promoting sustainable practices and supporting government efforts to achieve SDG 6, these companies can help support the long-term socio-economic development of the region. Finally, implementing sustainable practices can also have a positive impact on the financial performance of these companies, creating a win-win situation for both the companies and the communities they serve.

Throughout the SDG 6 bubble-storming, I covered topics such as introduction, the importance of innovation, target interdependence, risks and opportunities for companies. Today I tried to cover corporate performance.

Let me know if you would like to know more about such aspects related to SDG 6.

My next blog series will focus on the undercurrents of groundwater!



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