Global Water Challenge
A coalition of leading companies & NGOs dedicated to solving our world's most pressing water challenges
GWC Wins the C.K. Prahalad Award for Global Sustainability Leadership
Three winners, honored at the Corporate Eco Forum’s 5th Annual C.K. Prahalad Awards ceremony, recognized for globally significant private sector action that exemplifies the fundamental connection between sustainability, innovation & long-term business.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: GLOBAL WATER CHALLENGE SHARES SUCCESS AND PROGRESS
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How we're making a difference.
Recognizing that nearly 30% of all WASH projects fail prematurely, GWC has led efforts to increase lasting impact. GWC works with its partners to promote learning and help ensure that investments result in lasting services.
In early 2012, individuals from a consortium of organizations (Aguaconsult, Global Water Challenge, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre and WASH Advocates) came together to build on previous work around sustainability and create SustainableWASH.org as a dynamic hub for the sustainability conversation.
WASH Sustainability Charter:
GWC developed a charter outlining the principles of sustainability. To date, 137 organizations have endorsed the WASH Sustainability Charter and 17 have taken the next step by completing the self-assessment tool that GWC developed through SustainableWASH.org. View or sign the charter here.
WASH DataPoint is a platform in development to map the functionality of water points around the world. This project has the potential to improve water services for millions of people as a direct result of better information available to service providers, researchers, NGOs, and others. Learn more about WASH DataPoint here.
WASH Sustainability Forum:
Organized as a mix of hands-on sessions, engaging small group discussions, and impactful plenary presentations, the WASH Forum exposes participants to practical tools and approaches that can be applied within the context of their own work. The 5th annual Forum will take place this year in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from June 30 - July 1. Learn more about the WASH Sustainability Forum here.
Women and Water
Around the world, women are the backbone of communities, raising children, supporting families and caring for the sick. In developing nations, they’re also responsible for providing water. It’s their time, health, education, safety and income that are on the line.
Women for Water:
Global Water Challenge addresses water challenges that disproportionately affect women through the Women for Water campaign, an initiative to empower women around the world through water access. GWC helps by creating a grassroots social media movement, working with leading brands to work towards consumer engagement and coordinating with GWC's network of implementing partners to support on-the-ground impact. Read stories transformation in girls' and women's lives with water and join us at www.WomenforWater.com to learn more.
WASH in Schools
Every year, 443 million school days are lost due to water-related illnesses. We work with our experienced members to promote WASH in schools programs that help keep kids in school and happy and healthy. GWC has helped nearly
children gain access to clean water and sanitation.
Support My School:
GWC helped facilitate this unique partnership with NDTV, The Coca-Cola Company and others to bring access to water, sanitation, hygiene and other schools improvements in 300 schools across India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Learn more here.
Working the U.S. Department of State, Global Water Challenge (in partnership with members Millennium Water Alliance, CARE International and Catholic Relief Services) supported improving access to water and sanitation in schools around the world. This program engaged U.S. Ambassadors and the diplomatic community in raising awareness about the benefits of achieving WASH in schools.
RAIN Water for Schools
: RAIN Water for Schools (RWS) addresses the WASH-related needs faced in many South African schools by constructing or rehabilitating infrastructure and providing school-specific sustainability plans for monitoring and maintenance of water and sanitation infrastructure. So far, the program has reached 100 schools and up to 50,000 students, with plans to scale up.
Water is a vital component of many industries, but increasing pressures ranging from population growth to warming temperatures and water scarcity pose risks to business as usual.
Water Risk & Stewardship Advising:
GWC works with its corporate donors to provide the best support in water strategy development. GWC has advised leading corporations and Fortune 100 companies in water risk identification, best practices and water stewardship efforts. We work with our principal donor members to help them chart a course for action and work together to overcome water challenges.
In 2012, GWC helped design, organize and launch the U.S. Water Partnership, a public-private partnership that brings together the best of private and public U.S. water expertise to address water challenges around the world. The U.S. Water Partnership has over 80 members and is continuing to advance the momentum that it has gained in the two years since its inception.
Attorney & Former Ambassador
William K. Reilly
Founding Partner, Aqua International Partners
Founder, Blue Legacy International
Managing Partner, SAIL Venture Capital
Corporate Vice President, Sustainability, The Dow Chemical Company
Managing Director, Lower Middle Markets Buyout Group
Director, Global Water Stewardship, The Coca-Cola Company
Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilever
Director, Environmental Health & Safety, Huber Engineered Woods
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Global Water Challenge (GWC) connects organizations across sectors to solve our world's most pressing water challenges through access to sustainable clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). OUR MISSION is
to accelerate the delivery of safe water and sanitation through partnerships that catalyze financial support and innovations for sustainable solutions.
Founding in 2006 as an independent 501(c)3 organization, GWC works to raise awareness on our global water challenges and shine a light on effective solutions across developing world markets. Today, GWC has expanded its network of leading water sector NGOs and Fortune 100 companies to create innovative and sustainable partnerships that fund a number of high-impact WASH initiatives across the globe.
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