Volunteers from Xylem, its partners, and customers supported 1,000 nonprofits, including Americares, Mercy Corps and UNICEF, to help deliver clean water and sanitation (WASH) access and education for communities in fifty-six countries through Xylem Watermark, the company’s corporate social responsibility program.

“UNICEF is working to ensure equitable access of WASH through cost-effective interventions and the private sector is pivotal to delivering on this goal,” says Michael J. Nyenhuis, president and CEO, UNICEF USA. “Programs like Xylem Watermark, which bring together cross-sectoral expertise to drive innovation, are helping us to move faster and scale solutions to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6.”

Currently, more than two billion people lack access to safe drinking water, and nearly half of the global population does not have safe sanitation. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6—ensuring clean water and sanitation for all—aims to close this gap. Together with global nonprofit partners, Xylem provided humanitarian aid in response to thirty disasters, including the pro-bono provision of emergency water treatment and dewatering solutions in response to disasters around the globe.