We're the first UK retailer to commit to eliminating water poverty by 2030.
At our 2017 AGM we announced that we're doing even more to fight water poverty by donating 1p per litre from all the branded bottles of water we sell.
What we've done
According to the United Nations, 663 million people do not have access to clean drinking water and more than 2.4 billion lack access to a basic, hygienic toilet.
In April we signed as pioneer partners of the Global Investment Fund for Water initiative (GIFFW). The aim of the fund is to reach those 663M people who still do not have access to clean, safe water.
Why we've done it
We know that our members believe in the power of trade to change lives, it’s what we do.
For more than 10 years, Co-op has worked with the One Foundation to champion the need to invest in water sanitation in countries such as Kenya and Malawi.
For every litre sold of Fairbourne Springs, 3p is donated to The One Foundation. Through these donations over £7 million has been delivered to an estimated 1.5 million people to help address this issue.
In January we extended the 3p donation to apply to all own-brand still, sparkling and flavoured water including vitamin water. This addition will bring over 35% of donations to The One Foundation. This year £1.3million will be raised through Co-op own brand water sales alone.
Now we're doing even more to help.
What you can do
Join us in the fight against water poverty – our work with The One Foundation and new role as pioneer partners in the Global Investment Fund for Water (GIFFW).
Choose Co-op when you buy bottled water. As partners, we now apply a 1p per litre donation from all the branded bottles of water we sell - providing £900,000 of funding in year one for the GIFFW and taking our total donation to over £2million annually, to support the world’s most vulnerable.
Help us to spread the word! Join us online and in store to shout about our work to end water poverty – use the hashtags #CoopWay and #GIFFW.
Find out more
Learn more about what the One Foundation does and how we work together at onedifference.org
Understand what the Global Investment Fund for Water does and how they work with us at giffwater.org.