Three prominent global companies have chosen the Project WET Foundation to lead water education activities for employees and communities this World Water Day. Workshops and festivals featuring Project WET’s action-oriented water education lessons will reach more than 10,000 people in 35 countries thanks to partnerships with Nestlé Waters, Ecolab and Levi Strauss & Co.
A renewed 4-year donor agreement with Project WET Foundation global sponsor Nestlé Waters follows the December 2014 announcement of a 3-year sponsorship by Ecolab—the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services—in markets in the United States, China, Mexico and Germany. Levi Strauss & Co. is supporting employee water conservation training workshops in three markets—San Francisco, Shanghai and Singapore—in preparation for a worldwide day of employee volunteerism.
“With ‘Water and Sustainable Development’ the 2015 theme for World Water Day, it is important to highlight the role that business can play in that sustainable development,” said Dennis Nelson, President and CEO of the Project WET Foundation. “The partnerships that we have with Nestlé Waters, Ecolab and Levi Strauss & Co. represent the commitment of these companies to support Project WET’s public education efforts around water literacy.”
Nelson will join Nestlé Waters North America employees for an employee-led community water festival this weekend. About 700 Nestlé Waters employees are volunteering at similar World Water Day festivals in 34 countries. These employees will lead approximately 9,000 children in interactive learning through customized Project WET lessons that focus on watersheds, recycling, water conservation and healthy hydration.
In St. Paul, Minn., Ecolab and Project WET will launch the Clean and Conserve Education Program at an employee training workshop with Project WET staff on Monday. Approximately 40 Ecolab employees will then travel to a local elementary school to educate 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students about hygiene and water conservation through interactive learning stations.
The first Levi Strauss & Co. Project WET employee training workshop was held last week in San Francisco. Project WET staff trained 34 Levi’s employees to use a new water conservation curriculum customized for Levi’s. Similar trainings will be held for 30 to 40 Levi’s team members in Singapore and 50 in Shanghai later this month. Once trained, Levi’s “Water Ambassadors” will share water conservation activities with local youth in the three locations for Levi’s Community Day on May 7th.
These new and renewed corporate partnerships are helping the Project WET Foundation fulfill its mission of reaching children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education that enables every child to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future. Such cooperation offers tangible examples of how large global enterprises can use water education to promote water and sustainable development on World Water Day—and every day.