Resilient Manufacturing Communities
Supply chain factories and communities where they operate are often codependent – communities rely on factories for jobs, but factories equally rely on communities, both for healthy workers, and access to clean water. The factories and communities surrounding them also share serious vulnerabilities to climate disruption and environmental risks. To address their shared vulnerability effectively, all stakeholders must work together to identify solutions, combine resources and build resilience.
Building on the field research and numerous stakeholder consultations, ISC established the Resilient Manufacturing Communities project, which aims to develop a governance model that leverages collective strength of all stakeholders including – local citizens, factories, government, NGOs – to improve water resilience and strengthen community sustainability. The project particularly focuses on building the capacity of local stakeholders in collaborative decision-making and technical planning to address their water vulnerabilities. ISC will also document the methodology, outcomes, and lessons learned from the project for widespread dissemination, to support the replication and scale of the model across India and subsequently South and Southeast Asia.