Washington, D.C, January 16, 2013 - The Coca-Cola Company, one of the world’s largest private sector supporters of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) solutions around the world has signed on to the WASH Sustainability Charter. The first Fortune-500 company to endorse the Charter, The
Coca-Cola Company’s backing marks the 100th endorsement for the Charter, which outlines key steps for creating lasting WASH services.
Ensuring long-term WASH service provisions is one of the greatest challenges, and most important objectives, facing the international development community. As many as 30-50% of clean drinking water projects fail prematurely, squandering limited resources and devastating communities that rely on these services. In response to this challenge, The Coca-Cola Company joins a diverse group of stakeholders, including donors, NGOs, academic groups, government agencies and others committed to the common principles for lasting services laid out in the Charter.
“The Coca-Cola Company is endorsing the Charter because we believe that investments in WASH initiatives will and should span generations. Through the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), we have always looked to develop supply chains, means of communication, and a finance stream for communities to be able to sustain the safe water and sanitation systems we help provide, which is one of the biggest challenges facing the water sector,” says Greg Koch, the Director of Global Stewardship in the Corporate Sustainability Office at The Coca-Cola Company. “Signing the Charter strengthens our commitment to enable lasting community ownership and operation of these water access and treatment systems.”
“We are particularly pleased that Coca-Cola, as the private sector’s leading champion and funder of WASH programs around the world, has publicly committed to supporting clean water programs meant to be as sustainable as their brand,” said Monica Ellis, CEO of Global Water Challenge, a lead developer of the Charter.
This endorsement has impacts beyond Coca-Cola’s investments in WASH and underscores the company’s broader commitment to sustainable growth across its businesses. “We can’t talk about climate change, green growth or a sustainable tomorrow without addressing water and sanitation issues today,” said Jae So, Manager of The World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program. ”With 2.5 billion people lacking adequate sanitation, the world is in the midst of a water and sanitation crisis. Global businesses recognize this absolute fact and are putting important actions in place today. We applaud Coca-Cola’s recognition and pursuit of the shared value of water and sanitation by endorsing this Charter.”
The endorsement marks a key milestone for the Charter, developed in 2011, and comes at a pivotal time for the sustainability of WASH services around the world. Through SustainableWASH.org (where the Charter is hosted), the principles of the Charter are being translated into action through self-assessment tools, a library, a discussion board, and other resources.
SustainableWASH.org provides a dynamic hub of the WASH sustainability conversation and hosts the WASH Sustainability Process; a three-step assessment process built on the foundation of the WASH Sustainability Charterand designed to improve WASH sustainability globally. In early 2012, representatives from a consortium of organizations (Aguaconsult, Global Water Challenge, IRC and WASH Advocates) came together to build on previous work around sustainability and create SustainableWASH.org. This website provides a platform to assess, learn, and share best practices related to WASH. By learning and sharing from each other, we can work together to support services that will last into the future. For additional information, please visit SustainableWASH.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Coca-Cola Company:
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, the world’s most valuable brand, our Company’s portfolio features 15 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.8 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world’s top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter attwitter.com/CocaColaCo or visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com.
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Global Water Challenge and Sesame Workshop invite you to an hour-long webinar, “WASHing with Sesame Street,” to learn about an innovative opportunity to join a coalition of partners for a targeted WASH multimedia effort. The two organizations will be developing a global campaign to deliver key messages about WASH to millions of parents, children, and caregivers around the world.
Tuesday, December 11th (10AM – 11AM EST)
On 15th October 2012, UN-Habitat joined RAIN’s project funded schools in Kenya to celebrate Global hand washing day. The schools had the opportunity through their health clubs to demonstrate the importance of hand washing with soap as an outreach event to their neighboring schools. In Kisumu, Ragumo Primary School was joined by three neighboring schools; Ogango Primary School, Kunya Primary School and Mbeme Primary School while Tido Primary School was joined by two neighboring schools; Nyalunya Primary School and Ofunyu Primary School to celebrate the Hand washing Day.
The highlights of the day were demonstrations from the health clubs on which five occasions should one wash their hands and the procedure of washing hands which ushered more than 2,000 students to wash their hands with soap at various hand washing points within the school. The key messages that crowned the day were: “wash your hands with soap: Before eating or handling food, after using the toilet, after handling rubbish, after changing nappy, before and after touching an injured person. Hand-washing with soap can significantly reduce the incidence of diarrhea.”
The Kisumu East Public Health Officer Mr. Nicholas Onako, thanked the head teachers of the schools who converged in Ragumo Primary School for allowing their students to participate in the event. In his message, he encouraged the students to make it a habit of washing hands with soap in order to keep away diseases that might lead to school absenteeism.
Thank you to UN-Habitat and Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation staff who contributed soap to enable the six UN-Habitat WASH Schools in Rarieda, Kisumu and Kisii celebrate this year’s Global Handwashing Day.
As part of the I’m a City Changer campaign, staff from UN-Habitat and the Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation initiative also contributed soap to enable the six UN-Habitat / Coca-Cola RAIN funded project Schools in Rarieda, Kisumu and Kisii celebrate this year’s Global Hand washing Day.
Tuesday, July 17, 11:00 am-12:00 pm EDT
WASH Sustainability: Looking Through the GLAAS will be an hour-long webinar that brings together leading WASH experts and GLAAS report contributors to discuss the practical implications of the recent report.
The UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) report monitors the inputs needed to extend and sustain water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) systems and services.
GLAAS contributors Catarina Fonseca, WASHCost Project Director at the International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) and Peregrine Swann, Consultant to the GLAAS Team at the World Health Organization (WHO) will discuss what’s behind the numbers of the GLAAS report with specific focus on external support agencies, sustainability, and financing.
This webinar will be moderated by Eddy Perez, Senior Sanitation Specialist at the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program.
Detailed information including the webinar link will be sent at a later date.
The GLAAS report is available on the WHO website for review prior to the webinar.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (June 20, 2012) – Today, the U.S. public and private sectors announced that they are dedicating over half a billion dollars to address key water challenges around the world through the newly formed U.S. Water Partnership (USWP). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson and former U.S. EPA Administrator William K. Reilly keynoted the global launch of the partnership, one of six signature initiatives announced by the U.S. government at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20).
A joint effort of both public and private sectors in the U.S., the U.S. Water Partnership is supported by 41 members including government agencies, academic organizations, water coalitions, NGOs and the private sector. The partnership was first announced on March 22, 2012 by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“I am proud to announce that the American people are doing our part by coming together through the U.S. Water Partnership, a public-private partnership that is pooling resources and mobilizing American expertise, knowledge, and ingenuity to address water challenges around the globe, especially in developing countries where needs are the greatest,” said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
To support water security around the world, the USWP provides access to knowledge, technical assistance and training and partnership development services. The Global Environment & Technology Foundation is serving as the USWP’s secretariat.
“The U.S. Water Partnership will allow us to bring together the best thinking – in both the private and public sectors – to tackle the pressing water challenges the world faces today and will face in the future. Sharing American knowledge and expertise in water protection will allow us to mobilize resources and bring about real progress in the United States and abroad,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Like all of our sustainability work, this effort is about protecting health and the environment at the same time that we strengthen our economy. The 2 cross-sector partnerships that emerge will also allow us to rapidly scale-up innovative solutions so they can be deployed in places all over the globe – especially in the developing world, where water needs are greatest.”
Highlights of the contributions made by partners include:
- The Coca-Cola Company pledged $3.5 million to support sustainable safe water access in five African countries as well as support for operations of the U.S. Water Partnership.
- World Vision will dedicate $400 million in project support toward the goals of the partnership, including best practices from Water, Sanitation and Hygiene interventions in Haiti, India and West Africa and support for the USWP.
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) intends to invest at least $150 million within the next one to two years in critical water issues including desalination and distribution infrastructure.
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will invest $21 million over the next five years on research and application activities that contribute to the understanding and improved management of our global water resources.
- The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is investing $30 million over the next five years to advance integrated water resource management, including Securing Water for People and Nature and the Great Rivers Partnership.
- The Rockefeller Foundation – The Foundation will support a $100,000 USWP signature initiative on “Multiple Use Services.”
- Skoll Global Threats Fund is investing $100,000 in a USWP signature initiative on water security in South Asia.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide access to its watershed management tools, its water quality standards, and regulatory and policy support.
- World Resources Institute (WRI) is offering access to Aqueduct – a global information platform and tool for helping private and public sector decision-makers understand water-related risks.
On Monday, June 18, 2012, 45 corporate chiefs attending Rio+20 pledged to make water security a strategic priority and called for decisive action by governments. 3 In a message to USWP launch participants, Secretary Clinton said, “If you represent a region or a country in need of cross-sector water solutions, please reach out to us as this partnership was formed primarily to serve your needs. If you are an American citizen or organization with water knowledge and resources to share, I invite you to join the effort.”
Last week GWC and the WASH Advocacy Initiative convened a webinar that brought together a broad spectrum of stakeholders interested in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector to discuss options for post implementation monitoring. This event was aligned with the WASH Sustainability Charter and focused on providing attendees with several concrete and practical tools that can be used to monitor programs after implementation, including collaborative monitoring, circuit riding and remote monitoring.
Each of the speakers gave their perspective on post implementation monitoring during the hour-long webinar. The entire webinar can be viewed in the player at the bottom of the post. The individual speakers begin at the timestamp after their affiliation.
- Jae So, Manager of the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (1:55), gave an overview of monitoring and discussed why it is so important for long-term program effectiveness.
- Erick Toledo, Program Director at Millennium Water Alliance (12:55), outlined the circuit rider program that has been put in place in Central America.
- Marla Smith-Nislon, Executive Director of Water 1st (23:45), introduced the concept of collaborative monitoring and introduced about the upcoming accountability forum that will pilot this model.
- Eric Stowe, Founder and Director of a child’s right (32:25), gave a survey of remote monitoring technologies and options for interested organizations.
- A question and answer session (39:00) followed the last presentation.
The webinar was moderated by Ned Breslin, CEO of Water For People.