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Why Water Is A Critical Business Issue

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William Sarni, Director, Enterprise Water Strategy, Deloitte Consulting LLP
An overview of facts and trends regarding water scarcity, current issues and trends for business regarding water risk and opportunities and “new rules” for thinking about water as critical business issue. A perspective on how to build a global water stewardship strategy and key aspects of a successful global program will be presented.
Apr 21 2011
21 mins
Why Water Is A Critical Business Issue
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