For a Sustainable Future

When we talk about a sustainable future, we accept the proposition that everybody should have access to fair shares of food, shelter, healthcare and water. This is much easier said than done.

A big part of the solution is for companies like Xylem to do their part in helping to drive sustainable development. This means growing our business and carrying out our main mission of helping to enable a water-secure future. We must also commit to continuous improvement: finding ways to do this work more efficiently, safely and more effectively each and every day.

In 2015, Xylem and our employees demonstrated our continued commitment to advancing sustainable development and creating a water-secure future by introducing more efficient products, engaging young people in the search for solutions, and embracing the importance of water on a personal level through their work and their volunteer activities and contributions to Xylem Watermark, our corporate citizenship program.

Metrics:

Combating Water Scarcity:
The Impact of Xylem Watermark

Xylem Watermark is our corporate citizenship and social investment program. Employees volunteer their time to work with our nonprofit partners on projects that provide and protect safe water resources for communities in need around the world and educate people about water issues.

Xylem Watermark Employee Field Volunteers
(for 3-12 day projects)

Beneficiaries of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Projects and Disaster Relief Efforts:

  • 125
    2014
  • 238
    2015
  • 123,196
    8
    2014
  • 156,700
    9
    2015

Beneficiaries
Number of Countries

Xylem Watermark Access to Clean Water and Sanitation Projects:

  • 149
    2014
  • 170
    2015

Metrics:

Combating Water Scarcity:
The Impact of Xylem Watermark

Xylem Watermark is our corporate citizenship and social investment program. Employees volunteer their time to work with our nonprofit partners on projects that provide and protect safe water resources for communities in need around the world and educate people about water issues.

Xylem Watermark Employee Field Volunteers
(for 3-12 day projects)

  • 125
    2014
  • 238
    2015

Xylem Watermark Access to Clean Water and Sanitation Projects:

  • 149
    2014
  • 170
    2015

Beneficiaries of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Projects and Disaster Relief Efforts:

  • 123,196
    8
    2014
  • 156,700
    9
    2015

Beneficiaries
Number of Countries

Feature Stories

In 2015, Xylem Watermark Brings Hope to Hundreds of Thousands

Xylem Watermark delivers urgently needed water to people in water-starved regions and disaster zones. In 2015, our signature corporate citizenship program engaged Xylem employees in carrying out water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects that benefited more than nearly 160,000 children, families and earthquake survivors in nine countries around the world.

Working with our nonprofit partners, employees built clean water towers and storage tanks at schools in seven different countries, spent a week in India to assess pressing water needs in various regions, provided WASH education to students in China, and made contributions to the Xylem Watermark fund that helped rehabilitate community water systems after earthquakes devastated Nepal in April 2015.

As a result of its significant impact on people around the globe, Xylem Watermark was honored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation with the 2015 Corporate Citizenship Award for Best Health and Wellness Program.

A key element of Xylem Watermark’s success is its strong focus on delivering sustainable solutions that will benefit the local community long after the initial project is complete.

For example, Xylem volunteers use a customized curriculum, developed in partnership with Planet Water Foundation, to teach students about germs through games or with coloring books, empowering them to become WASH teachers for their families and communities. A recent impact report showed that participants in the curriculum experienced an 80 percent decrease in diarrheal episodes, versus a 27 percent increase among children not participating in the program.

In addition, we participate in Water For People projects that employ a train-the-trainer model to engage local leaders to serve as role models and mentors within their communities. After volunteering to monitor water and sanitation facilities across four districts in West Bengal, India, Nabeegh Subhani, a Xylem sales manager from Canada, remarked, “I saw that by providing long-term water solutions and WASH education, Xylem Watermark is truly making a lasting impact on the lives of children and their families.”

Click here to view video highlights of Xylem volunteers working with Planet Water Foundation in December 2015 to build gravity-fed water towers for a school in Cambodia, and click here to visit the Xylem Watermark site to learn more about this impactful program that is creating a sustainable future for millions of people on our planet.