Water for All is the Atlas Copco Group’s main community engagement project, both initiated and run on the local level by Atlas Copco employees. The mission is to provide people in need with long-term access to clean drinking water.
Clean water is a human right
On 28 July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realization of all human rights.
By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas.
While China encompasses almost 20% of the world’s population, the country contains only 7% of the world’s fresh water. According to World Bank, 60% of China's 661 cities face seasonal water shortage, and over 100 cities have severe water constraints.
How it started in 1984?
Water for All was founded in Sweden in 1984 by two Atlas Copco employees, Torgny Rogert and Peter Håkansson. They independently saw a documentary on Swedish television about the then ongoing drought in Peru and the harsh living conditions that followed. Affected by what they had seen, they decided to find a way to help. They successfully engaged their fellow employees to contribute with voluntary donations to support a project, giving the drought-stricken areas in Peru access to clean drinking water. They were so successful in this endeavor that Atlas Copco joined the cause and promised to donate the same amount of money as was raised by the employees.
How we work?
We partner with non-political, non-profit organizations as we don’t do any work ourselves out in the field. We have no employees, but work instead in our various country organizations on a voluntary basis. Each local Water for All organization selects its own projects to fund. Of course, each project must be about water and contribute to providing clean drinking water and sanitation to people in need.