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Xylem celebrates World Water Day across the globe with launch of month-long employee volunteer challenge
March 22, 2017
Xylem’s 'Make Your Mark 30-Day Challenge' aims to highlight
the importance of water and environmental issues through water-related
RYE BROOK, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 22, 2017--
In celebration of World Water Day, Xylem Inc. (NYSE:XYL) is launching a
month-long volunteer challenge for Xylem colleagues across the globe to
highlight the importance of water and environmental issues. Starting
today and extending through to Earth Day (April 22), the ‘Make Your Mark
30-Day Challenge’ is an initiative of Xylem Watermark, the Company’s
corporate citizenship program, through which Xylem colleagues will be
able to volunteer to participate in a range of activities to protect
safe water resources and educate communities about water-related
“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,”
said Patrick Decker, President and CEO of Xylem. “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.”
Colin Sabol, Xylem Senior Vice President, President Analytics and
Treatment, and Chairman of the Xylem Watermark Committee added, “The
‘Make Your Mark 30-Day Challenge’ exemplifies Xylem’s culture of
engagement and volunteerism, and offers meaningful opportunities for
Xylem colleagues to give back to their communities by raising awareness
about key resource challenges. Collaboration is at the heart of what
World Water Day is all about and I am eager to see the results of our
Dozens of volunteer activities will be taking place at Xylem’s locations
globally. Some of the activities taking place include:
Planet Water Foundation’s Project24, during which Xylem
colleagues will help to build 10,000 gallon water towers in Columbia,
Indonesia and the Philippines to provide fresh, clean water to schools
that previously did not have access to safe water and sanitation.
Seaton Wetlands Cleanup (Devon, UK) will help to protect the
local watershed and marine ecosystem of the Seaton Wetlands.
Educate-to-Innovate Classroom Visits (Lemon Grove, CA), an
initiative to educate students about the importance of clean water,
how Xylem is involved in analyzing the quality of water, and pathways
to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.
Seneca Falls Water Days(Seneca Falls, NY) will explore
the challenges of living with limited access to water and include a
fundraising activity to build water cisterns in Argentina.
Watermark Lunch ‘n Learn (Vantaa, Finland) aims to raise
awareness among colleagues about the global water crisis through an
interactive workshop and fundraising event.
All colleagues will receive a time allowance to participate in a
Watermark-sponsored volunteer activity taking place during working hours
over the ‘Make Your Mark 30-Day Challenge’ period.
Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to
developing innovative technology solutions to the world’s water
challenges. The Company’s products and services move, treat, analyze,
monitor and return water to the environment in public utility,
industrial, residential and commercial building services, and
agricultural settings. With its October 2016 acquisition of Sensus,
Xylem added smart metering, network technologies and advanced data
analytics for water, gas and electric utilities to its portfolio of
solutions. The combined Company’s nearly 16,000 employees bring broad
applications expertise with a strong focus on identifying comprehensive,
sustainable solutions. Headquartered in Rye Brook, New York with 2016
revenue of $3.8 billion, Xylem does business in more than 150 countries
through a number of market-leading product brands.
The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that
transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of
our water-centric business by linking it with the best water
transportation of all – that which occurs in nature. For more
information, please visit us at www.xylem.com.
About Xylem Watermark
Xylem Watermark, Xylem’s corporate citizenship program, provides and
protects safe water resources for many of the world’s most vulnerable
communities and educates individuals around the globe about water
issues. This social commitment reflects Xylem’s ethos of valuing the
“triple bottom-line”: financial, environmental and social. The company
firmly believes in the notion of doing well by doing good, and dedicates
resources to initiatives that demonstrate its commitment.
Xylem Watermark was founded in 2008 and, with its six nonprofit
partners, has provided clean water and sanitation solutions to over
three million people in 25 countries. Xylem launched its first Global
Month of Service in October 2016 to provide a focused time to inspire
employees to get involved and bring the mission of Xylem Watermark to
their communities. This World Water Day, Xylem Watermark launches the
Make Your Mark 30 Day Challenge to engage employees in solving global
and local water issues in ways that they are passionate about.