Blue Rating System for companies (BlueCO)


CII’s rating system rates plants across industries on their water smart quotient. Being Water SMART is being Water Secure, both from current and futuristic perspectives. The impacts of resource stress, a temporal and spatial function of resource availability, use and contamination, are considerable for every sector and more so for industrial sector, as already evident from impact on the operations of various industries.

Uniqueness of Blue Rating System


This is a first of its kind integrated rating system for water which evaluates an industry with a perspective of sustainability of business operations with respect to water – efforts made by industry to improve efficiency of water use in business operations as well as for ensuring continuous uninterrupted supply of water throughout the year.

The rating system defines a water smart unit as a being intrinsically related to ‘its’ watershed i.e. it recognizes plant water and wastewater efficiency in tandem with watershed health (resource availability and quality).

• Evaluates an industry for its efforts towards ensuring sustainability of business operations with respect to water
• A 3-stage evaluation process including on-site assessment through Assessors empaneled by CII
• Helps an industry in connecting harmoniously with the watershed and community

Objectives of Blue Rating System


This rating system evaluates the risks associated with water for an industry in an integrated way. This would allow industry to plan their water management initiatives both within the industrial facility and at the watershed level, rather than following a ‘siloed’ approach.
This rating system would enable companies identify grey areas and help the top management prepare a “Roadmap for achieving Water Security” for individual units as well as corporate level.

Objectives can be broadly summarized as

• To develop a performance-based framework for industries to define and assess the water management
• To provide milestones pursuing water management initiatives that help measure, monitor and compare against peers
• Identification of gaps-resource availability, resource efficiency and regulatory compliance
• Identification of short, medium and long term operational risks
• Strategies for enhancing operational efficiencies
• Evaluating performance against national and international benchmarks
• Strategies for enabling industry improve health of its watershed
• Improving connect with community
• Improving overall ecosystem health
• To facilitate industries formulate a Roadmap to contribute towards the Goal 4 and Goal 5 of the
“National Water Mission” - Increasing Water Use Efficiency by 20% and Promotion of basin
level Integrated Water Resources Management