On August 6th, Thomas Oetterli, CEO Schindler Group, and Patrick Hess, CEO Schindler Switzerland, signed a four-year partnership agreement with “Wasser für Wasser” at Schindler’s headquarters in Ebikon. The partnership promotes the consumption of tap water to reduce plastic usage and avoid unnecessary transportation.
Through our partnership with Wasser für Wasser (WfW) we promote the consumption of tap water in the office and raise awareness of this important issue amongst our employees. Every liter of tap water reduces our environmental impact by the equivalent of a three-kilometer car journey. So every sip makes a positive contribution.
Thomas Oetterli is pleased: “Schindler is making a concerted effort to reduce waste in Switzerland and has eliminated plastic bottles in all operations across the country. We are delighted to enter a partnership with Wasser für Wasser and support their work on raising awareness of the value of clean water. We hope that this initiative will influence the behaviour of our over 3,000 employees in Switzerland.”
Tap water in Switzerland is not only refreshing, it also meets the highest hygiene and safety standards. Despite this, the Swiss population consumes 900 million liters of bottled water a year. Almost half of this is imported. Compared with bottled water, however, tap water is up to 1,000 times better for the environment.
As part of the WfW partnership, all of our employees will receive a stainless steel bottle, which will enable them to consume water at work while helping the environment. We are also using glasses and glass jugs in meeting rooms.
Together with over 500 partner companies, WfW promotes the drinking of tap water, raises awareness of the value of water, and incorporates donation into everyday life. This enables it to develop sustainable access to drinking water and basic sanitary provision in the urban areas of Zambia und Mozambique.
More information is available at www.wfw.ch