BENGALURU, February 13, 2018 – Honeywell India has received a ‘Special Commendation for Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social Responsibility’ for 2017. The award recognises Honeywell’s Safe Water Network initiative in Telangana, which provides safe water access to more than 300,000 people in areas that suffer groundwater contamination.

The GoldenPeacock Award has become a hallmark of CSR excellence in India, and is givenafter an intensive three-level independent and quantitative assessment,culminating in a final selection by a top level jury chaired by Hon’bleJustice Dr. Arijit Pasayat, former judge of Supreme Court of India.

Vikas Chadha, President,Honeywell India, said, “This award is a great recognition of our longstandingpartnership with SafeWater Network, with whom we are building 100 safe water stations in Telangana.This CSR initiative seeks to help reduce incidences of water-borne diseases,increase productivity, and reduce healthcare costs in the communities weserve.”

As it does in business, Honeywell applies a long-term vision for CSRprojects, leveraging the operating rigor of an annual business plan, to closelymonitor and measure impact and outcomes. In the last three years alone,Honeywell’s CSR programs in India have touched more than a million lives. “Honeywellis committed to improving the world we live in by creating, supporting, andnurturing outstanding CSR programs that make real, sustainable, and measurableimpact on communities that Honeywell serves,” added Chadha.

In the last three years, through this award-winningprogram, Honeywell and Safe Water Network set up locally-owned and operatedsafe water stations that deliver safe, affordable, and reliable water adheringto Bureau of Indian Standards 10500 water quality standards to those in need.

Ravi Sewak, CountryDirector, Safe Water Network India, said, “Community engagement is key topromoting safe water adoption. Without the widespread and well-analysed buy-inof community leaders, a safe water station is highly unlikely to be successfulin providing service. This includes a complex series of steps that introduce,educate, assign responsibilities, and organize a way forward with the communityand its leaders. Our safe water stations though in the villages or peri-urbanslums are ‘state of the art’ facilities that leverage ‘Internet of things’ -IoT to deploy analytics and data monitoring tools for improving access to safedrinking water and sustainability. Our oldest water station is nine years oldand works with less than 2% downtime.

Safe Water Network has been working alongsidecommunities since 2009 to establish decentralized, locally-owned communitywater supply systems that provide affordable, reliable and safe off-griddrinking water at a price point of Rs 5 per 20-litre can.

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