The U.S. division of Swedish equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco has raised US$31,000 in individual and company-matched contributions for its employee-led Water for All charity organization. The company raised the funds during a three-day annual sales conference, which saw the number of new employee contributors more than double.
“As a responsible corporate citizen, our company realizes how important it is to give back to the markets we serve,” Atlas Copco marketing communications director Sofie Gielen said. “This is just one way our company wants to make a difference in the world we live in.”
Water for All gained 51 more employees during the conference.
Two Atlas Copco employees, Torgny Rogert and Peter Hakansson, founded Water for All in 1984 after seeing the fallout from a drought in Peru.
In the past four years, the initiative has helped more than 10,000 people gain access to clean water and sanitation, and has donated more than $500,000 to 15 projects around the world, according to Atlas Copco.
“What started as a one-time project to raise money to combat drought-stricken communities in Peru has grown into a worldwide initiative that allows our employees to act on their commitment to global sustainability,” president of Atlas Copco North America Jim Levitt said.