ITT Corporation announced that it has pledged US$ 10.5 million over three years (2011-2013) to provide one million more people with access to safe water and sanitation. The funds will go to the company’s corporate citizenship program, ITT Watermark, which currently supports the work of three non-profits: Water For People, Mercy Corps and China Women’s Development Foundation. ITT employee volunteers actively help in fundraising and with their expertise in training and project implementation and monitoring.
In the first phase (2008-2010) of ITT Watermark, the company pledged US$ 4 million over three years (2008-2010) to provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene education to 300 schools in Guatemala, Honduras, India and China and to respond to disasters around the globe. Some 500,000 people are expected to be reached by the end of 2010. ITT’s emergency support has been extended to more than 10 countries, including Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
The countries that ITT Watermark is focussing on are in key emerging markets for ITT. For the 2nd phase this means the addition of new countries in Latin America, and increasing the reach of current programmes in India and China. The programme is also promoting water education through the ITT’s partnership with the Stockholm International Water Institute’s Stockholm Junior Water Prize.
Source: ITT, 07 Sep 2010