Working for the greater good

Working for the greater good.

Every day and for more than 175 years, we have worked to improve lives around the world.

Nearly one billion people in the world don’t have access to clean drinking water. The Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Programme helps by providing P&G Purifier of Water packets, a water purifying technology developed by P&G Newcastle and the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

One P&G packet quickly turns 10 litres of dirty, potentially deadly water into clean, drinkable water. The packets are provided on a not-for-profit basis and can be used anywhere in the world, including areas affected by natural disaster.

Over the past decade, the programme has shared more than eight billion litres of purified drinking water in more than 75 countries. We estimate this has prevented millions of days of diarrheal illness and helped save thousands of lives.

CSDW partners with more than 150 organizations to provide water purification packets. The programme responds to emergencies such as cholera outbreaks, earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters. CSDW and its partners provide clean drinking water to schools and malnourished children, outreach to mothers in health clinics and support to people living with HIV/AIDS.

7.5 billion litres of purified water have helped save more than 42,000 lives.

President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton visit Rwanda and see P&G Packets in action

Bill and Chelsea Clinton visited Kanombe School in Kigali, Rwanda, to see the P&G Purifier of Water packets at work. The visit was part of P&G’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action to provide clean drinking water to those who need it most. Rwanda is one of the countries most affected by the clean drinking water crisis, with 80% of diseases affecting Rwandans coming from the water they drink and 11% of Rwandan children dying before they turn 5.

"Let me say how grateful I am to both P&G, one of the greatest companies in the world in terms of its responsibilities to society and building into their business model lifting lives of people, and to World Vision, one of the great treasures of NGOs, and the fact that they’re doing this together means a lot to me," said Bill Clinton, who met children who use the P&G packets to purify their water. "It's one of the simplest things we can do to save lives," President Clinton said.

President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton visit Rwanda and see P&G Packets in action