World Water Week: leading in water stewardship and supporting access to water, sanitation and hygiene
Feature 25 AUG 2017
We’re proud to be one of over 300 organisations participating in the exchange of new ideas and thinking around some of the most pressing water-related challenges of today.
Sunday marks the start of World Water Week, taking place in Stockholm on Sunday 27 August – Friday 1 September 2017. Throughout the week, often with our partner WaterAid, we’ll be reinforcing our commitment to finding better ways of managing water sustainably and encouraging others to do the same by sharing our valuable experience and best practice as a leading global business.
Michael Alexander, Head of Water, Environment & Agriculture Sustainability, commented: ‘We have a well-respected, integrated water strategy including a long record of direct investment in programmes that address the developmental challenges facing communities in the places where we source, make and sell our products. Increasing access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) particularly in areas where we operate or source raw materials, couldn’t be more important. World Water Week is a great opportunity to reflect on the progress made to date and share ideas on how we can all make a positive impact on this increasingly important and very challenging global issue.’
In our last financial year, we’re pleased to have made progress against all our water targets and to have invested in many new WASH infrastructure projects across India and Africa, including in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria.
In Nsawam, in the Eastern Region of Ghana, we installed a small water treatment plant with reverse osmosis and ultra-violet filtration processes providing more than 10,000 people with access to safe drinking water and in Uganda we built public toilet facilities for the Port Bell Market to benefit more than 5,000 residents.
Overall last year we provided access to safe water and sanitation to an additional 173,044 people through our Water of Life programme, which has benefited more than 10 million people in 21 countries since 2006. In India, we have recently developed community water programmes around our production sites, reducing the amount we use while ensuring safe drinking water for around 40,000 people.