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Corporate Water Risk and Strategy Workshop Series

Water issues have become a fundamental risk consideration for any company involved in manufacturing, with an extractive or agricultural supply chain, or operating in water-stressed regions. This workshop series provides students with a basic fluency in the terminology of water risk.

Corporate Water Risk and Strategy Workshop Series

Water issues have moved beyond the province of the beverage industry and water utilities. They are now an integral piece of the risk matrix for companies involved in manufacturing, those with an extractive or agricultural supply chain, and those operating in water-stressed regions.

The Corporate Water Risk and Strategy Workshop is a six-week, student-run course that provides a platform for groups of students from across Yale to collaborate and work with a client on a current water-related business or supply-chain question. In past years, the majority of students have been from the School of Management and the School of the Environment, leading to teams with a strong mix of business and sustainability knowledge; however, students from all schools across Yale are encouraged to participate. This workshop was created out of a need to better understand the complexity of water-related risk and to integrate water risk awareness into corporate and supply chain practices and decision-making. It has been student-run since 2015.

Over the 6-week course, students will strengthen their understanding of water risk and management through presentations from experts in the field and conversations with the client and stakeholders. Students will analyze the topics of water resource materiality and risk through a holistic lens, with the end goal of developing solutions that address the shared risk water challenges pose to a supply chain, from agricultural to corporate operations. The case study presented by the client will provide students with basic fluency in the terminology of water risk, as well as the relevant tools, ideas, and processes needed to improve stakeholder communication and water resource management. At the end of the course, student groups will present their findings and proposals to the client.

The 2021 Workshop series

Project Course Title: Corporate Water Risk and Strategy Workshop - YSE 1153-05

Interested in water issues, the ready-to-use vegetable market, or water use in the global agricultural sector?

This year’s client is Bonduelle. Bonduelle is a French family-run company and is the current world leader in ready-to-use vegetables. Founded in 1853, the Bonduelle group provides over 100 countries with vegetables through their 6 international brands: Bonduelle, Cassegrain, Arctic Gardens, Globus, Ready Pac, and Del Monte. Bonduelle wants to be one of the first major companies with a B Corp certification and aims to achieve it by 2025.

The company is chiefly interested in water recycling. The project teams this term will be investigating water recycling from a number of different lenses in order to provide Bonduelle with a comprehensive and actionable deliverable.

The workshop will be held over six Tuesday sessions from 4:30-7:30 pm, starting October 26th.

Questions? Reach out to Darya Watnick and Hayden Wolf.


The Workshop will be held over six Tuesday sessions, 4:30-7:30 pm ET in the Fall-2, 2021 semester, beginning October 26th.

  • Session 1: Oct 26th - 4:30pm-7:30pm – Kickoff Meeting
  • Session 2: Nov 2 - 4:30pm-7:30pm
  • Session 3: Nov 9 - 4:30pm-7:30pm
  • Session 4: Nov 16 - 4:30pm-7:30pm
  • Session 5: Nov 30th - 4:30pm-7:30pm 

  • Session 6: Dec 7th - 4:30pm-7:30pm – Final Presentations

Registration info

Apply now!  

Deadline extended!  Apply by 11:59 p.m. on October 8, 2021

Enrollment in the workshop will be limited to approximately 20 students. This workshop is offered for 1.5 credits at YSE and 1 credit at SOM. Once you are accepted into the workshop, you will need to register for the project course by submitting the below add/drop form to YSE Registrar’s office by October 18, 2021. Add/Drop Form can be found here:


People & Partners

Hayden Wolf

MBA 2022

Todd Cort

Lecturer in Sustainability at Yale School of Management
Faculty Co-Director at Yale Center for Business and the Environment

Stuart DeCew

Executive Director at Yale Center for Business and the Environment
MBA 2011
Master of Environmental Management 2011

Program Alumni

Kristen Wraithwall

Jeamme Chia

Susannah Harris

Max Storto

Alli Chlapaty

Lucy Kessler

Caitlin Chiquelin