H2O Innovation, in Partnership with the CAWST Organization, Sets Up a Humanitarian Aid Program among its Employees
QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (TSXV: HEO) – H2O Innovation is proud to announce the success of its very first humanitarian aid program, in which two of its employees were sent to Zambia last November to raise awareness and educate communities on water and sanitation. The company, which positions itself as a leader in avant-garde ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) practices and policies, has deployed this audacious humanitarian initiative as part of a global approach integrating socially responsible management practices.
After working jointly with the non-governmental organization CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology), in the development of this innovative program, H2O Innovation invited all of its 665 employees to submit applications to take part in this unique experience. Fifteen employees participated in the selection process and 2 of them were selected by the CAWST team to use their knowledge and expertise during a 2-week humanitarian aid experience in Zambia, within a project of the organization.CAWST’s approach aims to meet global drinking water and sanitation needs by developing the local knowledge and skills of communities in low and middle-income countries, so that they can implement and operate the solutions sustainably. “Our H2O Innovation volunteers contributed significantly. This program is a great opportunity to involve donors more in our work and harness corporate knowledge and skills to address global issues”, said Millie Adam, Vice President of Global Services, CAWST. Derek Pirraglia, Application and Process Engineer at H2O Innovation, and Kenneth Head, Office Manager in Pascagoula, Mississippi, who were selected to take part in the project, have grown from this enriching experience.By contributing to this humanitarian aid program, H2O Innovation has concomitantly provided the time and expertise of its two employees, as well as $22,000 in donations to the Canadian charity. The partnership between CAWST and H2O Innovation highlights the common values these two entities share.Responsible Company
The company, whose headquarters are located in Quebec City, has pledged over the past years in terms of ESG (Environment, Social, Governance), remaining consistent with its environmental philosophy as well as its expertise and mission, both aiming to treat and recycle wastewater. The idea to offer their employees the chance to be involved in a humanitarian effort has come naturally to the company’s upper management.