Xylem Inc. has been awarded the prestigious Excellence Award in Corporate Philanthropy by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP).
Yesterday at the 2012 Corporate Philanthropy Summit at Time Warner headquarters in New York City, Xylem’s corporate responsibility and social investment program, Xylem Watermark, was recognized with the President s Award, given to a company with annual revenues of $20 billion or less each year. Judging criteria included strong CEO leadership, commitment to innovation, dedication to measurement and cultivation of strategic partnerships. CECP s Excellence Awards in Corporate Philanthropy are among the most coveted in the field, drawing a diverse pool of highly qualified applications each year. Presented annually since 2000, winners are selected by an external committee comprising representatives from the corporate, nonprofit, social investment, consulting, media and academic communities.
“At Xylem, we work every day to create positive economic impact for our company while generating positive social impact around the world, and we could not be more proud of CECP’s recognition for our corporate responsibility efforts,” said Gretchen McClain, president and chief executive officer of Xylem. “To have achieved this recognition in our first year as an independent company is a true accomplishment, and a testament to our employees everywhere who take very seriously our tagline - Let s solve water. These three words capture what we aim to do through our products, our applications solutions, our research and development, and our initiatives in sustainability and corporate social responsibility."
Xylem Watermark’s mission is to provide and protect safe water resources in communities around the world. From 2008 to 2010, Watermark surpassed its goal to reach 500,000 people with clean water and sanitation solutions, and then in 2010 committed to reaching one million more people by 2013. Watermark is successful in large part through partnerships with global humanitarian organizations Water For People, Mercy Corps and China Women’s Development Foundation. Through school and community water projects, sanitation and hygiene education and disaster preparedness, relief and recovery efforts, Xylem Watermark makes every drop count in finding solutions to global water challenges.
Continuing its legacy of achieving impact through Xylem Watermark and expert partners, Xylem has established two new strategic partnerships to help drive access to clean water and sanitation solutions in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. Beginning later this year, Xylem will provide funding and employee volunteer hours to Fundación AVINA and Planet Water Foundation to help provide clean water access to more than 40,000 people throughout Brazil, China, India and the Philippines.