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  • 2018 Sustainability Report

    When we solve water for our customers, we're solving so much more.  Our 2018 Report shows how we work to solve water. 

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A Message from Patrick Decker

Water security is critical to life and to creating a more sustainable world. As a leading global water technology company, we believe that means we have a special responsibility, and opportunity, to help solve intensifying water challenges around the world.

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Our Sustainability Strategy

Water is the key to a more sustainable world: the source of all life, and a driver for environmental, social and economic advancement. Digital technology has revolutionized society, allowing humankind to take quantum leaps forward. Today, these two forces are converging to solve water challenges, safeguard our environment and drive social change.

As a leading global water technology provider, our purpose is to create social and economic value. We do this by:

Building a Sustainable Company. We start from a position of financial strength built upon consistent execution. We operate our business with integrity, minimizing our environmental footprint, ensuring the safety of our people and quality of our products, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture where our people can help us realize our full potential, and partnering with suppliers and organizations that share our values. We still have much to do but we are fully committed to this purpose.

Serving our Customers. We leverage our leading-edge technologies, innovation, data and expertise to provide solutions to our customers that reduce water losses and optimize water system assets – addressing affordability issues; water reuse and conservation solutions that create water and energy efficiencies – addressing scarcity issues; and smart solutions that lower greenhouse gas emissions and help prevent and/or quickly respond to sewer and storm water overflows – helping communities build resilience.

Empowering Communities. We create social value by providing water-related disaster relief expertise, technology and equipment to communities in need; by educating and raising awareness about water challenges, and inspiring the next generation of water stewards; and by tapping into the passion of our more than 17,000 colleagues and stakeholder volunteers to give time to local water-related causes.

In 2014, we laid out a series of five-year sustainability goals, achieving a number of them a year in advance. We are now announcing a new ambitious slate of goals and we are strengthening our focus on being a company that leads by example and helps set the pace for sustainability.

As 17,000 colleagues around the globe united in a shared purpose, we live this commitment every day through our work and humanitarian efforts. For us, it’s more than a job, it’s personal.

We believe that every person and every community around the world should have the water they need to thrive. In 2018, we worked across our company, with our partners and in communities to advance this purpose, and we continue to build on this progress.

Our commitment to sustainability guides us and inspires us every day to reach further, to lead the digital transformation of water, to bring stakeholders together, to inspire the next generation of water stewards and to never stop until we achieve our mission – to solve water and to help create a more water-secure and sustainable world.

Sustainability 2025


Learn more about each aspect of our strategy:

Customer    Company    Community

Xylem Sustainability 2025: Signature Goals

2018 Ratings


Aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

While Xylem’s latest goals will take us through 2025, our sustainability sights are set even further into the future. We are also aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), a framework of global commitments to create a fairer and more sustainable world by 2030.

The UNSDGs cover challenges ranging from ending hunger and poverty to acting on climate change. From growing food to protecting health to enabling communities to thrive, each of the UNSDGs is impacted by water. As the leading global pure-play water technology company, we have a powerful opportunity to help advance these global goals and fuel progress. Learn how
Xylem is making a difference toward each of the 17 UNSDGs in our report.



Download Xylem's 2018 Sustainability Report