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Atlas Copco USA Donates $100K to charity: water for World Water Day

2014-04-16

In honor of World Water Day, the Atlas Copco USA employee-run Water for All organization has donated $100,000 to New York City based charity: water, a global non-profit dedicated to bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Atlas Copco Water for all - Being able to hear the children play
“We are proud to support organizations, like charity: water and their partners, that raise awareness and take action around the issues of unsafe drinking water and global water scarcity,” said Jim Levitt, president of Atlas Copco North America. “Atlas Copco is committed to global sustainability and the Water for All program is just one way our employees act on that commitment.”   

“charity: water is honored to receive support from Atlas Copco and its generous employees who participate in the Water for All organization. These funds will help us move forward towards our ambitious goal of ending the water crisis in our lifetime by providing clean, safe water access to the 700 million people in need,” said Scott Harrison, CEO and Founder of charity: water. “The diverse range of projects and countries that Atlas Copco has supported over the past four years, shows their deep commitment to solving this global issue.”

Atlas Copco’s employee-run Water for All organization raises money to support projects and organizations that provide people in need with access to safe, clean water and sanitation. The $100,000 donation will fund two projects: two new hand-dug wells serving 1,000 people in the West Pokot county of Kenya and five school filtration systems serving 2,000 people in a community in Nepal. One-third of the donation was given directly from employees’ salaries and double matched by the Atlas Copco Group.

In just the past four years, the Atlas Copco USA Water for All program has helped more than 10,000 people gain access to clean water and sanitation and has donated nearly $500,000 to fourteen projects across the world. Since the founding of Water for All in 1984, Atlas Copco and its employees have helped more than 1.5 million people gain access to clean drinking water.
 
Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. The Group serves customers with innovative compressors, vacuum solutions and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. Atlas Copco develops products and service focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics.  The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 180 countries. In 2013, Atlas Copco had revenues of BSEK 84 (BUSD 12.8) and more than 40 000 employees. 

Atlas Copco operates 116 locations and employs more than 4,800 people in the United States. The United States represents the largest single-market for Atlas Copco globally.