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Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS)

Sustainable Water Management Certification and Consulting
Rae Mindock, Program Manager, Water Certificationphone icon510.882.1001 Email
Stanley Mathuram, Vice President, Corporate Salesphone icon616.299.1073 Email
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The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard is the first comprehensive global benchmark for responsible water stewardship. It provides guidance to major water users and managers seeking to assure responsible water governance, sustainable water balance, good water quality, and healthy water-related sites and values. Join companies in the agriculture, food and beverage, and manufacturing sectors who have already begun implementing this standard.  

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SCS provides:

  • AWS Certification – Our assessment includes an on-site visit to determine whether your water management processes fulfill the requirements of the AWS standard.
  • AWS Consulting – We review the logistical operations of your water management processes with your team, and work with you to determine the best course of action to achieve AWS Certification.
Complementary SCS Services

You can also choose from any of SCS’ complementary services for even more cost-effective service and reduced audit fatigue, such as carbon footprint measurement and verification under a variety of internationally recognized programs, responsible sourcing advisory and verification for your supply chain, FSC responsible forestry certification, and more. 


Getting certified under the AWS standard helps organizations:

  • Ensure that proper procedures are in place for responsible water stewardship to make reputable claims
  • Minimize negative impacts and maximize positive impacts – socially, economically, and environmentally
  • Reduce water risks and identify additional steps that can be taken
  • Demonstrate compliance to stakeholders
  • Share water management challenges and discover solutions within the AWS network 

We are happy to assist you address your needs, evaluate your responsible water management processes, and guide you through the certification process.  Typical steps are as follows:

Alliance for Water Stewardship Certification Process

  1. Client downloads AWS Standard and reviews intent, criteria and indicators
  2. Client downloads, completes, and submits the site registration form at
  3. Client applies the AWS Standard’s requirements to its operations and procedures
  4. Client submits application to SCS Global Services
  5. SCS discusses the process and requirements with client, and provides an estimate of time and cost; (an optional pre-assessment may help to understand what still needs to be done to achieve the standard)
  6. SCS conducts on-site visit to perform the audit and assess operations and procedures
  7. SCS writes report based on submitted materials and findings from the site visit
  8. SCS makes a final certification decision
  9. Qualifying clients receive AWS certification
  10. Certification renewal is required every 3 years

Alliance for Water Stewardship Consulting Process

  1. Contact SCS for assistance in helping you achieve AWS Certification, and provide documentation as needed
  2. SCS provides price quote for services
  3. SCS and client agree on services and work together to fulfill client’s needs

For immediate service:

Rae Mindock, Program Manager, Water Certification phone icon 510.882.1001 Email Rae
Stanley Mathuram, Vice President, Corporate Sales phone icon 616.299.1073 Email Stanley