Determine the water footprint with ISO 14046 and have it verified by DQS.

For many companies, water consumption is one of the focal points of their sustainability strategy and performance. To effectively manage water consumption, comparable and reliable data is necessary. The ISO 14046 standard provides instructions and requirements for determining water footprints and reporting results. Independent verification provides assurance that all figures quoted are accurate and reliable.

Independent verification also helps improve rating results, for example in the Carbon Disclosure Project's (CDP) Water Security Scoring.

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ISO 14046: Managing water responsibly

Managing water as a resource will pose major challenges to humanity in the 21st century. In particular, the increasing impact of climate change is affecting the availability of water - a factor that is increasing the pressure on companies to manage water responsibly. With ISO 14046, an international standard is now on the market that makes it possible to precisely determine the water footprint of products, processes, and organizations.


Independent verification of your water footprint

A water footprint determination can be used for internal purposes, but many companies also share the results with their business partners:

  • As part of a sustainability report.
  • To enable conclusions to be drawn about the water efficiency of a product or process
  • To satisfy customer information needs

Benefits of ISO 14046 verification

Independent verification by a competent third party such as DQS provides assurance to all interested parties that all figures quoted are accurate and reliable. Independent verification also helps improve rating results, for example in the Carbon Disclosure Project's (CDP) Water Security Scoring.

Wer darf zertifizieren

In what context does verification take place?

Verification can be performed as a stand-alone audit or as part of an external report verification of the complete sustainability report.


What is the verification process?

First, we want to learn about your company, your organization, your needs and expectations. Once the objectives of the verification are defined, including the applicable standards and specifications, you will receive a quote for the pre-assessment.

During the pre-assessment, for example, the exact nature of the assignment, the scope of application, the objectives and other criteria are clarified. Based on the results, DQS prepares the calculation and plans for the verification of the water footprint. This information is incorporated into a detailed proposal tailored to your company's individual needs. All relevant deliverables and applicable audit and verification criteria are specified and agreed upon.

The assigned verification team checks the respective declaration on the basis of the previously prepared planning, applying the applicable standards and specifications. Among other things, evidence is collected and checked, sites are visited, and estimates and calculations are reconstructed and analyzed.
If necessary, a prior review of documents complements the verification. The verification result, including all findings, is presented to you during the final meeting. If necessary, action plans are agreed upon.

After verification, the results are evaluated by the independent certification board of DQS. If all requirements are met, you will receive a verification statement for your company.

For the verification of another report or declaration, maybe for the follow-up period, a new assessment is performed. The verification statement is valid for the respective water footprint statement of your organization and thus has no validity period.


How much does the verification of a water footprint according to ISO 14046 cost?

The cost of an ISO 14046 verification depends, among other things, on the scope and complexity. We will be happy to make you an individual offer for your company or organization without obligation.


Why DQS is the perfect partner for ISO 14046 verification

  • Global network of highly qualified auditors
  • Highly solution-oriented and customer-focused
  • A high level of expertise in all industries
  • Quotes and services individually tailored to your organization

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