Team S’well is passionate about reducing the use, whether by utilizing reusable water bottles every day, limiting the amount of water consumed and wasted in our office, or giving back to foundations who are providing clean water to those in need. UNICEF recently reported that as a direct result of climate change, nearly 600 million children will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040. We’re equal parts shocked by these staggering statistics and motivated to be a part of the change.
S’well Founder and CEO Sarah Kauss sat down with the UNICEF team to talk about the growing global water management crisis and the progressive steps she and team are taking to make a difference. Click here to read the full interview and find out what you can do to reduce your impact on climate change and the water crisis.
UNICEF: Why is the water crisis so important to you and S’well?
SARAH KAUSS: Women in Africa spend 40 billion hours a year walking to find clean water. Young children, and particularly girls as they mature, spend less time in school because of a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation facilities. This means less education, less independence and less opportunity to reach their full potential. Knowing that we can have a direct impact on changing these stats, humanizing this issue and helping others get involved with simple acts means the world to me.
UNICEF just released a report highlighting that climate change is contributing to the growing water crisis and putting the lives of millions of children at risk. What is S’well doing to help?
S’well is supporting UNICEF’s Madagascar program to help more than 500,000 people over the next two years gain access to clean water. By 2019, S’well will have contributed $800,000 to help build infrastructure necessary to create and maintain clean water systems, as well as educational programs to support behavioral change tied to water and sanitation. These efforts have the power to provide real opportunity for young girls and their mothers. UNICEF has found that programs like this can keep girls in school longer and empower mothers to find vocations outside of the home. As a business woman who has had the opportunity to chase my dreams, I want to help other women do the same. I’m hopeful that we can make a real impact in Madagascar and proud to have S’well support the program.