Business strategies for climate change of water resources management companies that are integrated to the Carbon Disclosure Project

Erick de Freitas Moura, Ieda Kanashiro Makiya, Muriel de Oliveira Gavira


Objective of the study – to identify the strategic profiles regarding climate change of water resources management companies that are part of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) database, for the year 2019.

Methodology / approach – an exploratory research was carried out using bibliographic and documentary research and multiple case studies. The data used come from the 2019 CDP database, analyzed according to the methodological structure of Kolk and Pinkse (2005). Data were analyzed using content analysis.

Originality / Relevance – the results of this research serve as an indication of the vulnerability and contribution of the segment in the maintenance and security of the supply of quality water in the medium and long term.

Main results – most water resource management organizations, still in 2019, fit the profiles of Cautious Planners and Emerging Planners and have as main strategic drivers the perception of opportunities, risks, and corporate responsibility, in that order.

Theoretical / methodological contribution – as theoretical contributions, the work brings the analysis of organizational strategies, specifically of companies in the water resources area, aimed at mitigating climate change. The data analysis method adopted here can be used in other business segments that are directly related to natural resources.

Social / management contributions – the survey results can support decisions and changes in corporate strategies for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions in the water resources segment, as well as public policies for planning and coping with climate change.


Strategic profile. Climate changes. Water resources management. Mitigation. Carbon Disclosure Project.


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