Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)

Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)

Our aim is to work towards a safer, sustainable world. Our Mission is to build a global community of water and environmental professionals dedicated to working for the public benefit. CIWEM is the leading international Royal Chartered professional body dedicated to the water and environment sector. We represent and support a community of thousands of members and organisations in 89 countries. All our members are dedicated to improving water and environmental management as well as associated social and cultural issues, for the benefit of the public.

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15 John Street , London , WC1N 2EB United Kingdom


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Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Water and Wastewater
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1,000,000 - 10,000,000 €

CIWEM provides an extensive range of services leading the industry in developing technical excellence, which include: Training courses; events featuring top level speakers, debate and networking; round table meetings driving thought leadership and policy development; publications; and independent policy position papers, guidance and codes of practice, all founded on impartiality and the use of scientific evidence.

Since 1895 our members have been the leading practitioners in improving the quality and management of water and the environment. Through our professional expertise we provide valuable advice on policy and practice, giving independent guidance for government, academia, the media and the public. For our members we are the professional body of choice, setting standards and providing the expertise to drive the industry forward. Read more about the history of CIWEM.

As an independent charity we champion professional standards, impartiality and the use of scientific evidence in the management of the environment. The public benefits of these activities are:

  • Qualified professional water and environmental managers.
  • Development and promotion of the highest standards of professional expertise and conduct.
  • Protection of the public from pollution, environmental destruction and natural hazards by our members.
  • Application of scientific rigour to ensure the best outcomes for society now and in the future.

CIWEM’s Corporate Plan is a strategic document setting out a high level of direction and priorities for the organisation which will be carried out over the next five years. This document holds our members at the heart of our strategic aims and sets out key priorities for members and their professional development.

Diversity and Inclusion

At CIWEM, we value diversity and inclusion because of the huge number of benefits it brings to our organisation, including greater experience, better ideas and more creativity.

Greater diversity brings with it greater productivity and innovation and enables a diverse pool of thought.  This includes more varied points of view, which results in better decisions and solutions for our Institution.

The term “inclusive” refers to a number of different things. For CIWEM, it means accommodating and welcoming the varied backgrounds, skills, and experiences of everyone who we connect within our organisation – we value both our similarities and our differences, as we acknowledge the huge range of benefits that diversity and inclusion bring with them.

We have joined the Science Council and the Royal Academy of Engineering Diversity and Inclusion framework, to monitor and measure progress, and increase diversity across our organisation.

Our address:

106 – 109 Saffron Hill, London EC1N 8QS or call 0207 831 3110.

CIWEM Venue is located 2 minutes walk from Farringdon station. When exiting the underground turn right and cross Farringdon road and continue onto Greville Street. Take the first right onto Saffron Hill and we are 75 meters on the left.

There is no private parking at the venue. However, there is a 24 hour NCP car park within 100 metres of our facilities.

CIWEM's aims and objectives are enshrined in our Royal Charter and are as follows:

(a) To advance the science and practice of water and environmental management for the public benefit.
(b) To promote education, training, study and research in the said science and practice for the public benefit and to publish the useful results of such research.
(c) To establish and maintain for the public benefit appropriate standards of competence and conduct on the part of members of the Institution.

Where 'water and environmental management' means the application of engineering, scientific or management knowledge and expertise to the provision of works and services designed to further the beneficial management, conservation and improvement of the environment, in particular in relation to:

(a) environmental management systems;
(b) resource protection, development, use and conservation;
(c) integrated pollution control;
(d) public health, water and sanitation services;
(e) flood defence and land drainage; and associated recreation, amenity and conservation activities


As the leading professional body CIWEM sustains the excellence of the people who develop and protect our environment now and for future generations.

The Institution's Mission is to achieve substantial progress towards securing our Vision over the next five years. Each facet of our Vision will be secured through a broad range of activities and performance targets.

A) We will support all governments, agencies, industries and the wider community with the review and development of environmental policy and the goal of sustainable development.

B) We will develop and maintain educational, professional and continuing development standards consistent with the high qualities needed to achieve customer service and sustainable goals.

C) We will provide the opportunity for our members, employers and other stakeholders to demonstrate the quality of their endeavours.

D) Through Policy Position Statements, Information Sheets, publications, a magazine and journal, conference, events and meetings we will disseminate information and best practice essential to effective environmental management practice and stewardship.

E) We will always seek to provide high quality services to support our members, their employers and the communities they serve wherever in the world they are.

F) We will consult widely and act sensitively, encouraging others to join with us and so strengthen and sharpen the focus on the sustainable management of the global environment.

G) We will be an open organisation fostering the widest possible interest in, and understanding of environmental matters. In particular we will:

  • Demonstrate leadership in environmental affairs;
  • Seek to influence the national and international environmental agenda;
  • Be of service to the wider environmental community;
  • Develop our brand and corporate identity;
  • Be more customer focussed and relevant to all stakeholders;
  • Seek to achieve growth in membership from a wider environmental constituency;
  • Be welcoming and attractive to existing and potential members;
  • Seek to generate more income to support additional and better services;
  • Use modern business techniques in the governance of the Institution and sustain a strong asset base;
  • Establish and adhere to an Environmental Policy;
  • Establish and adhere to an International Policy.

H) We will always seek to consult with members and represent their best interests.


CIWEM is running an environmental management system (EMS) to ensure that the environmental impacts of the Institution's activities are minimized, and that the positive contributions CIWEM makes to environmental management are maximized.  CIWEM's EMS will be developed over time to eventually cover all aspects of the Institution's activities.

CIWEM's Environmental Manual (including CIWEM's Environmental Policy) sets out how the EMS operates, see page documents.

CIWEM currently measures its performance against a set of Key Performance Indicators.  The report of performance for 2008 is available in page documents


CIWEM members are expected to comply with a code of ethics.