Submitted by Cummins, Inc.
Cummins Inc. employees celebrated World Water Day March 22 by conducting more than 20 projects over the month of March highlighting the importance of fresh water and the critical issues facing the natural resource.
The activities have ranged from a river cleanup in South Africa and a community engagement event at a dam along a river in India, to an oil recycling project in Turkey and an education program targeting students in Brazil.
“Our company and employees work diligently to be better stewards of this increasingly important world issue,” said Scott Saum, Program Manager for Cummins Water Works, the company effort to address the global water crisis. “We have been very successful in implementing creative solutions to reduce water consumption in Cummins’ facilities and operations around the world. And I’m proud to know we are creating positive change in local communities with our many employee involvement activities.”
Water scarcity is growing exponentially around-the-world. There are currently an estimated 785 million people globally lacking access to safe water. About 1.7 billion – 1 in 4 – don’t have access to a toilet. At current consumption rates, it’s estimated by 2050 around two-thirds of the world’s population will be facing water shortages.
Those sobering statistics led Cummins to create Cummins Water Works. Launched in 2021, the program partners with leading water experts to invest and engage in sustainable, large-scale, high-impact water initiatives around the world. By 2030, the program’s goal is to help Cummins become net water positive by creating community water benefits that exceed the company’s water usage in all regions where Cummins has a presence.
The multi-million-dollar program has projects underway in Brazil, Canada, China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa and the United States.
One of the larger efforts taking place this month was in Guarulhos, Brazil, near São Paulo, the most populous city in the country. Cummins Brazil, working with Trata Brasil, a public interest organization dedicated to improving sanitation, and Water.org, held 18 sessions in three public schools to reach 1,200 students, 7- to 13-years old, on the importance of sanitation and clean water.
“The objective of this action is to promote environmental education through playful actions focusing on water supply and sanitary sewage, impacting not only students, but also school professionals, the school community, and the students' parents,” said Soraia Senhorini Franco, Regional Corporate Responsibility Manager for Cummins in Brazil.
All of the employee initiatives around the world have the same bottom-line goal as Cummins Water Works: strengthening communities by helping them address the global water crisis.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from diesel, natural gas, electric and hybrid powertrains and powertrain-related components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, batteries, electrified power systems, hydrogen generation and fuel cell products. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins employs approximately 61,600 people committed to powering a more prosperous world through three global corporate responsibility priorities critical to healthy communities: education, environment and equality of opportunity.
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