ABWI operates closely with its member companies, international affiliates, government regulators, and the media in order to achieve its objectives and properly represent the interests of the packaged water industry.
In addition, ABWI is a member of the International Council of Bottled Water Associations (ICBWA). The ICBWA, is a membership organisation created to represent the bottled water industry worldwide. The ICBWA is currently composed of six regional association members, each of which covers a separate geographical territory. Through this structure, the ICBWA represents over 1,567 companies in 121 countries worldwide. As the regional member of the ICBWA, ABWI holds coverage responsibility for Australia, New Zealand and Oceania.
A fundamental requirement of membership in ICBWA is that each member Association must have in place an approved third-party audit program and certified Model Code, as well as an understanding that membership be based on compliance with that Code. Membership of ICBWA is in its own way a “certification” of the respective Codes and Programs. ABWI’s certification program for it’s is the only program in Australasia based on annual independent plant audits recognised by the ICBWA. Through the ICBWA, the ABWI is the voice of the bottled water industry to international regulatory agencies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
Other members of the ICBWA are:
- The Asia & Middle East Bottled Water Association
- The Canadian Bottled Water Association
- The European Federation of Bottled Waters
- The International Bottled Water Association (USA)
- The Latin American Bottled Water Association
Other helpful industry links:
- BSI Group
- International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT)
- Beverage Innovation
- Zenith International Ltd
- Zenith International Publishing Ltd