HONEYWELL AND SAFE WATER NETWORK WIN INDIA CSR AWARD
Bangalore, May 2, 2018 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that its not-for-profit entity Honeywell Hometown Solutions India Foundation (HHSIF) has received the India Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award for its safe drinking water program in Telangana. The award was presented to Honeywell at the annual India CSR Leadership Summit & Awards in New Delhi, which honors outstanding and innovative CSR, sustainability and social enterprise projects.
Honeywell is funding 130 safe water stations inTelangana via its not-for-profit partner Safe Water Network. These stationsprovide access to safe drinking water for 420,000 people in areas that sufferfrom groundwater contamination due to factors such as salinity, nitrates andfluorides. Fluoride contamination can cause skeletal fluorosis, stunting and teeth mottling amongyouth, and spinal bending, joint pain and difficulty in mobility among theelderly.
“Together with Honeywell, we are converting thetraditional mindset and centuries-old behavior of treating water as a freelyavailable resource,” said Ravi Sewak, Country Director, SafeWater Network India. “Communities are accessing safe water conveniently fromwater ATMs (similar to automated teller machines) using their prechargedradio-frequency indentification (RFID) cards. Now, we see more men collectingwater instead of women who traditionally had to walk miles to fetch and carrywater to their homes. We are poised to replicate and scale this model in otherclusters.”
“We are honored to receive this prestigiousrecognition. This initiative is one of our flagship CSR programs that istransforming health, increasing productivity and improving the livelihoods ofhundreds of thousands of people in the state – all of which are the imperativesthat help drive the Prime Minister’s ‘ease of living’ vision,” said VikasChadha, President, Honeywell India.
“Honeywell is committed to improving the world we livein by creating, supporting and nurturing outstanding CSR programs that makereal, sustainable and measurable impact on the communities that Honeywellserves,” Chadha added.
Through this award-winning program, Honeywell and SafeWater Network set up locally-owned and operated safe water stations thatdeliver safe, affordable, and reliable water adhering to the Bureau of IndianStandards (BIS-10500) for potable water quality to those inneed. Community engagement is key to promoting safe water adoption, whichbegins with door-to-door consumer outreach. Local stakeholders are mobilized toensure people understand that investing in safe water will help reducehealthcare expenses and increase productivity.
Over the last two years, Safe Water Network andHoneywell India have already set up more than 100 safe water stations acrossthe Karimnagar, Adilabad, Warangal Rural, Warangal Urban, Jayashankar,Mahabubabad, Jagtiyal, Peddapalli, Badradri, Mancherial, Suryapet, Khammam,Medak, and Nalgonda districts.