Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

Civil Society / NGO

Sweden


The Stockholm International Water Institute(SIWI), is a leading expert in water governance, resilience, water diplomacy and cooperation over shared resources. We work across the world to help countries, cities, and companies find smarter ways to manage and use water.

Today’s SIWI is a world-leading water institute with an international team of advisors, researchers, and facilitators, active in many different fields of work. We trace our roots back to 1991 and the launch of the Stockholm Water Prize and the Stockholm Water Symposium. Three decades later, the Stockholm Water Prize is the world’s most prestigious water award and the symposium has evolved into World Water Week, the leading international water conference.

SIWI runs a great number of projects and programmes from our offices in Stockholm, Bogotá, and Pretoria. We generate new knowledge and help bridge the gap between research and practice. In an era of rapid global warming and degraded ecosystems, our expertise is more important than ever.

With the mission of collaborating to drive global change towards sustainable textile and leather production, Sustainable Textile Water Initiative (STWI) is a private sector network that has worked with more than 30 Nordic textile and leather brands since 2010. With funding support from Sida, SIWI has implemented STWI projects since 2012 in key textile and leather producing hubs in China, India, Bangladesh, Turkey and Ethiopia with the aim of improving water and resource efficiency in production activities for suppliers and sub-suppliers to STWI brands.Supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the Sustainable Textile Water Initiative (STWI)is a public private development partnership between SIWI, brands and their suppliers, aiming to drive global change towards more sustainable and water wise textile and leather production at scale. SIWI has implemented STWI projects since 2012 in key textile and leather producing hubs in China, India, Bangladesh, Turkey and Ethiopia andhas supported more than 280 garment and textile factories that supply to 13 brands,  Results achived from STWI have shown notable improvements in sustainability and economic performance of the participating factories. STWI’s theory of change emphasizes that progress in 4 key components is critical for achieving systematic changes: capacity building and direct impact project implementation, improving industrial water governance, harmonization of STWI Guidelines and global multi-stakeholder Programs, communications and outreach.