Together, METRO, its customers in 22 countries and 22 suppliers will, with this years’ METRO Water Initiative, create the financial basis for the 3-year joint project with the Canadian-based water Foundation One Drop. The project will kick off in June 2019 in the northern Indian region of Sheohar. It aims at providing permanent access to safe water and sanitation to over a quarter of a million people. The population of Sheohar, a rural region in India, is among those most deeply affected by the lack of water and sanitation facilities. The consequences are devastating. In the One Drop concept, however, access to water is only the beginning: through social art programs that take into consideration local cultural and artistic references, water-related behaviour change is promoted to lead to healthier practices around water, sanitation and hygiene. Furthermore, communities and individuals are empowered and trained to manage the water and sanitation facilities in a sustainable way.
Already in June 2018, the international wholesaler METRO announced its cooperation with the international Foundation One Drop. Now the project is concrete: In June 2019, work will start on site in Sheohar, a district in the federal Indian state of Bihar.
"This project is a common thread that allows a variety of companies and institutions to join forces to do good. Water is a human right, but it is so unequally distributed around the world that more than 2 billion people still live without safe access to clean water. By partnering for a common goal, we have the power to change the lives of more than a quarter of a million people for the better," said Heiko Hutmacher, Chief Human Resources Officer, Member of the Management Board of METRO AG responsible for Sustainability.