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Kohler Co. Advocates for Scaling Safe Water and Sanitation Solutions through Innovation and Partnerships at World Water Week

Annual Conference Focused on Tackling the World’s Greatest Water Challenges and Other Related Societal Issues

KOHLER, Wis. – Aug. 17, 2022 – Kohler Co., a global leader in the innovation and manufacture of plumbing products; tile, cabinetry and lighting; and engines, generators and clean energy solutions, joins this year’s World Water Week conference as a panel convenor to discuss how effective solutions to the global water crisis require commitment to both innovation and partnerships serving a social purpose. Through this approach, solutions can be implemented at scale to drive impact in water conservation, as well as access to safe water and sanitation for millions of people around the globe.

At this year’s conference, Kohler will highlight initiatives and partnerships that are making positive impacts on communities and lives around the world by focusing on increasing the access to safe water and reducing water use in products and operations:

  • Kohler Innovation for Good is Kohler’s in-house incubator focused on creating new business opportunities with a social and environmental purpose.
    • KOHLER Power Blending – ensures off-grid water stations – critical to health and disease prevention in poverty-stricken and refugee communities around the world – are continuously powered. The system monitors solar power and automatically transfers to generator power only when needed. Water Mission is a key partner in activating this solution in communities.
    • KOHLER Pour-Flush Toilet – in partnership with Water Mission, this solution affords individuals the comfort and dignity of a seated sanitation solution. The flush is activated simply by pouring water into the bowl, making it ideal for communities without a waste management infrastructure.
    • KOHLER Shower Relief Trailer – since its inauguration in 2018, the trailer has provided aid across the country in the wake of natural disasters and other crises, including the California wildfires, Hurricane Michael cleanup, and COVID-19 field hospital and is currently serving the unhoused in Los Angeles.
  • Through its signature Safe Water for All program, Kohler partners with organizations to bring about meaningful innovation and change to communities who lack adequate access to clean water and safe sanitation.
    • DigDeep – “Water is Life” program, a collaboration between Kohler and DigDeep, supports local community members and community groups who present innovative ideas to provide universal access to clean water and sanitation to the Navajo Nation through community-based service models or new technologies.
    • Water Mission – Kohler and Water Mission partner to develop and pilot innovative solutions that focus on increasing access to safe water and sanitation
    • Sanergy - focused on sustainable solutions for nonsewered sanitation, Sanergy and Kohler partner on the development of container-based sanitation solutions.

At this this year’s event, held Aug. 23 – Sept. 1 in Stockholm, conference attendees can experience Kohler’s space  in the Norra Latin building and register to attend the virtual panel Partnerships and Product Serving a Social Purpose: How to Innovate and Implement At-Scale on Aug. 24 at 13:00-14:20 CEST (6:00 – 7:20am CST). The panel will be moderated by Laura Kohler, SVP Human Resources, Stewardship and Sustainability and to feature partners DigDeep, Sanergy and Water Mission, along with Ratish Namboothiry, Kohler Director of Innovation for Good and Sustainability.

Learn more about Kohler’s Social Impact and Sustainability initiatives through the company’s first Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report highlighting goals and progress across environmental sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion and social impact.


About Kohler Co.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of more than 40,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the design, innovation and manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; luxury cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two, five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, Wisconsin, and St. Andrews, Scotland. The company also develops solutions to address pressing issues, such as clean water and sanitation, for underserved communities around the world to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations. For more details, please visit kohlercompany.com