In honour of World Water Day on 22nd March, Wednesday, Xylem initiated a volunteer challenge for their staff around the world that will last for a month. The project aims to underline the vitality of water and environmental concerns.
Titled ‘Make Your Mark 30-Day Challenge’, Xylem Watermark, the organisation’s corporate citizen programme, is spearheading the event which will last from World Water Day through to April 22nd, Earth Day.
Xylem’s staff will be given the opportunity to step forward and volunteer in a broad range of activities to highlight the importance of protecting safe water resources, as well as raising awareness among communities about the issues and challenges around water.
When volunteering for Watermark-sponsored activities over the duration of the Challenge, the staff will be eligible for time allowances if the events are taking place during working hours.
At Xylem’s locations found around the world, scores of volunteer activities will be held, including Planet Water Foundation’s Project24, where the staff in Columbia, Indonesia, and the Philippines will assist in building 10,000-gallon water towers that will offer clean, fresh water to schools that do not have access to sanitation and safe water; Seaton Wetlands Cleanup in Devon, United Kingdom (UK), where the employees will aid in the protection of local watersheds and marine ecosystems located in the Seaton Wetlands; Educate-to-Innovate Classroom Visits in Lemon Grove, California, United States (US), where students are educated on the significance of clean water, Xylem’s involvement in the analysing of water quality, as well as routes to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); and Watermark Lunch ‘n Learn in Vantaa, Finland, where, through a fundraising event and interactive workshop, the staff will raise awareness among themselves regarding the global water crisis.
“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,” President and CEO of Xylem, Patrick Decker, said. “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.”