RYE BROOK, N.Y., March 22, 2017 – In celebration of World Water Day, Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL) has launched a month-long volunteer challenge for Xylem colleagues across the globe to highlight the importance of water and environmental issues.
Starting today and extending through to Earth Day (April 22), the ‘Make Your Mark 30-Day Challenge’ is an initiative of Xylem Watermark, the company’s corporate citizenship program.
As part of the initiative, Xylem colleagues will be able to volunteer to participate in a range of activities to protect safe water resources and educate communities about water-related challenges.
All colleagues will receive a time allowance to participate in a Watermark-sponsored volunteer activity taking place during working hours over the ‘Make Your Mark 30-Day Challenge’ period.
Dozens of volunteer activities will be taking place at Xylem’s locations globally. Some of the activities taking place include:
· Planet Water Foundation’s Project24, during which Xylem colleagues will help to build 10,000 gallon water towers in Columbia, Indonesia and the Philippines to provide fresh, clean water to schools that previously did not have access to safe water and sanitation.
· Seaton Wetlands Cleanup (Devon, UK) will help to protect the local watershed and marine ecosystem of the Seaton Wetlands.
· Educate-to-Innovate Classroom Visits (Lemon Grove, CA), an initiative to educate students about the importance of clean water, how Xylem is involved in analyzing the quality of water, and pathways to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.
· Seneca Falls Water Days(Seneca Falls, NY) will explore the challenges of living with limited access to water and include a fundraising activity to build water cisterns in Argentina.
· Watermark Lunch ‘n Learn (Vantaa, Finland) aims to raise awareness among colleagues about the global water crisis through an interactive workshop and fundraising event.
“As the world community continues to make progress in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals, World Water Day is a powerful reminder of the need for collaboration, education and innovation to advance the smarter use of water and ensure access to safe water for all by 2030,” said Patrick Decker, president and CEO of Xylem. “At Xylem, water is more than our business; it is our passion and our 16,000-strong team across the globe is driven by a shared commitment to solve urgent water challenges and deliver results that matter. Today, we are excited to celebrate this commitment with those around us.”