updated 11/11/2010 2:17:50 AM ET 2010-11-11T07:17:50

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Nov. 11, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Representatives from the private sector, government, civil society, and other interests are gathering in Cape Town from Nov. 15-17 for the CEO Water Mandate's sixth working conference. The event will focus on three areas: Water Policy Engagement, Water and Human Rights and Water Transparency and Reporting.

During the conference the final Guide to Responsible Corporate Engagement in Water Public Policy will be released to serve as a roadmap for companies to help them understand the dos and don'ts of their interactions with governments and neighbors in developing and responding to water-related public policies. Attendees will also discuss the development of qualitative water-use reporting standards.

The CEO Water Mandate convenes two working conferences per year to bring corporate water experts and practitioners together with a range of key stakeholders and partners, including civil society organizations, specialized water institutes, UN agencies, public authorities, and other interests.

Nalco (NYSE:NLC), is one of five CEO Water Mandate endorsing companies sponsoring the gathering that will address water scarcity, quality and availability both in southern Africa and as a global challenge. Nalco Africa, based in Johannesburg, is Nalco's joint venture in association with Protea Chemicals, a division of the Omnia Group.

About Nalco

Nalco is the world's largest sustainability services company focused on industrial water, energy and air applications; delivering significant environmental, social and economic performance benefits to our customers. We help our customers reduce energy, water and other natural resource consumption, enhance air quality, minimize environmental releases and improve productivity and end products while boosting the bottom line. Together our comprehensive solutions contribute to the sustainable development of customer operations.

Nalco is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. More than 11,500 Nalco employees operate in 150 countries supported by a comprehensive network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and research centers to serve a broad range of end markets. In 2009, Nalco achieved sales of more than $3.7 billion. For more information visit www.nalco.com and www.nalco.com/sa.

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About the CEO Water Mandate

The CEO Water Mandate is a United Nations Global Compact initiative designed to help the private sector better understand and address its impacts on and management of water resources. More information is available at the United Nations Global Compact website: www.unglobalcompact.org/Issues/Environment/CEO_Water_Mandate/index.html

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