A quiet, but potentially significant, shift is under way in how we understand business risk and opportunity. A systems thinking frame is clicking into business analysts lens’ in order to improve focus.
While water is an abundant natural resource, less than three percent of all water on earth is fresh water, and of that amount, over two-thirds is frozen in glaciers and ice caps. Low investments in water infrastructure, rampant wastage and lack of private sector initiative have led to acute water shortages. About 663 million people in developing countries today do not have access to clean drinking water. According to WHO and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program (2015), a child dies from a water-related disease every 90 seconds.
The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and its partners are working with local African governments, NGOs, water service providers and communities to build infrastructure that supplies clean drinking water and sanitation facilities across Africa. These efforts will help to minimize the spread of disease and empower local communities with educational opportunities and economic prosperity.
Water is a resource that most of us take completely for granted. Thirsty? Just walk over to the sink and turn on the faucet; or head over to the fridge and grab a cold drink. Yet, there are an astonishing number of people in the developing world who could not even dream of doing such a thing. As many as 300 million Africans are living today without access to a dependable source of clean, safe water for drinking, cooking, washing, growing crops, or any of the essential things we use water for every day.
The notion that consumer attitudes are shifting in favor of brands that have strong sustainability credentials is not a new phenomenon in the year 2015. However, in spite of a good number of brands having made impressive commitments, their sustainability efforts may not necessarily be delivering the intended value to consumers or positive ROI for the brand. Therefore, brands would benefit from re-evaluating their sustainability agenda often and examining what exactly it is they are offering, to whom, and how.
Whirlpool Corporation has always valued the health of its employees. When we talk about health, we don’t just mean the numbers on the scale or the hours spent being active – although those numbers matter. Physical, emotional and spiritual health also matters.
Womankind Worldwide has helped more than 18 million women and their families across the globe over the last 26 years with issues of discrimination, poverty, and violence. The organization sees the newly passed U.N. Sustainable Development Goals as a path toward the future and as a way to engage all levels of government and civil society in the safety and empowerment of women and their families.