Access to water is a daily challenge for one-third of the world’s population. One-third! What does this actually mean? Well, if you were one of the one-third, you wouldn’t have access to safe drinking water in your home. The average distance that women and children walk for water in Africa and Asia is 6 kilometers (3.7 miles). You would then have to carry it home, boil it, or worse, take your chances drinking contaminated water. As a result of unsafe drinking water and unmanaged sanitation, your child might be one of the 297,000 children under five who die annually from diarrheal diseases.
For Kohler and our associates, this is unacceptable and we are committed to finding solutions to help provide access to drinking water and universal sanitation. In 2017, we piloted our first global stewardship activity, Run for Clarity, with the goal of donating KOHLER Clarity® water filtration systems to NGO partners that could distribute the filtration systems.
KOHLER Clarity was created by Innovation for Good®, Kohler's innovation incubator designed to develop new business opportunities that have a social purpose aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. KOHLER Clarity is a gravity-based water filtration system that was developed to address SDG 6 by helping provide access to safe water. A few liters of safe water each day help reduce sickness, allowing children to attend school regularly and achieve an education that can ultimately lead to a chance at a better life. In 2019, more than 27,000 Kohler associates across the globe covered approximately 240,000 kilometers in support of access to safe water and sanitation. Their efforts resulted in Kohler’s donation of $200,000 for water impact projects including:
In addition to the specialized problem-solving expertise Kohler delivers for each water impact project, Kohler associates around the world have participated each year since 2017 to help address the issue of access to safe water.