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P&G has more than 100 partnerships to provide clean drinking water in the developing world, raise awareness, or implement programs. View a list of partners working with P&G.

Some examples of past partnerships include:
P&G joined the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs, CARE, and Population Services International to create the Safe Drinking Water Alliance and help make drinking water safer in three separate countries.

  • Press Release Announcing Safe Drinking Water Alliance
  • Description of the Safe Drinking Water Alliance
  • P&G and USAID created a safe drinking partnership to provide safe drinking water for survivors of the Pakistan earthquake. These efforts were led in Pakistan by Population Services International and their local affiliate, Greenstar.

UNICEF and P&G formed an alliance to provide safe drinking water in the developing world. This effort focused on three main areas: supporting UNICEF's drive to bring safe water to schools, helping families in emergency situations and reducing household exposure to arsenic-contaminated water. This work was conducted in Mozambique, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Uganda, Kenya, and Pakistan.

P&G is a founding member of the World Health Organization's (WHO's) Network to Promote Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage. The mission of the Network is to contribute to a significant reduction in waterborne disease, especially among vulnerable populations, by promoting household water treatment and safe storage as a key component of water, sanitation and hygiene programs. The Network will accomplish this mission through advocacy, communication, research and implementation.

  • WHO statement about P&G efforts in providing clean drinking water

In 2010, P&G partnered with the U.S. State Departmentís Pakistan Relief Fund and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide over 340 million liters of clean drinking water to help flood victims in Pakistan. P&G provided packets, buckets and filter cloths needed to treat water with P&G Purifier of Water and worked with PSI/Greenstar, Abt Associates and a large number of local humanitarian groups to provide packets and training to ensure proper use.

P&G and CARE have reached over 100 schools in Kenya as part of a partnership that focuses on enabling students to be agents of change. The collaboration, initiated in Kenya in 2007, explores ways to provide clean drinking water and teach simple hand washing behaviors to students. Trained teachers promote improved hygiene behaviors, including hand washing, either directly or through school hygiene clubs. An evaluation of the program published in 2010 identified a reduction in school absenteeism of more than 25% and nearly a 3-fold increase in household water treatment. On World Water Day 2012, the program was expanded to provide more than 100 million liters of clean drinking water.

P&G also joined the US Water Partnership,a public-private effort to unite and mobilize expertise and resources to address water challenges around the globe. P&G sits on the 2012 Steering Committee of the US Water Partnership and continues to focus efforts on sharing clean drinking water through partnerships like the CARE schools program.