Feb 02, 2018
Access to water and sanitation is a basic human right. However, the United Nations (UN) estimates that at least 1.8 billion people have to drink water contaminated with faeces, while 2.4 billion people lack basic sanitation such as toilets or latrines. This contributes to nearly 1,000 children dying each day due to preventable diseases and is a major hurdle for the development of both people and nations.
The programme looks to advance solutions, expertise and know-how to address the global water challenge in local communities, as well as internationally.
To do this, Water for the World focuses on three areas:
To maximise the benefit it brings, Water for the World works in partnership with NGOs and the private sector, including the partners and customers of Borealis and Borouge. Since its launch 10 years ago, Water for the World and its partners have carried out numerous projects across Asia and Africa, including in India, Pakistan, Nepal, China, Ethiopia and Kenya, benefiting the lives of around 800,000 people.
Among the many examples of the programme’s work, notable projects include:
“Project after project, we see our creative solutions come to life and make a tangible impact on the communities around us, helping people and driving progress,” says Wim Roels, CEO of Borouge Pte Ltd.
“The first 10 years of Water for the World have brought us great experience and pride, and we have exciting plans for the next decade,” adds Ahmed O. Abdulla, CEO of Abu Dhabi Polymers Company (Borouge).
Borealis and Borouge announce their contributions to communities in need during the International Water Summit being held in Abu Dhabi from 15-18 January 2018, where companies from around the world demonstrate the projects they carried out across the world to help people in poor communities have a proper access to fresh water and sanitation. This year, the global event promotes water sustainability in arid regions, which goes in line with the strategic objectives of the Water for the World programme.
Borealis is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers. With its head office in Vienna, Austria, the company currently has around 6,600 employees and operates in over 120 countries. Mubadala, through its holding company, owns 64% of the company, with the remaining 36% belonging to Austria-based OMV, an integrated, international oil and gas company. Borealis provides services and products to customers around the world in collaboration with Borouge, a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
Borealis and Borouge aim to proactively benefit society by taking on real societal challenges and offering real solutions. Both companies are committed to the principles of Responsible Care®, an initiative to improve safety performance within the chemical industry, and work to solve the world’s water and sanitation challenges through product innovation and their Water for the World programme.
Borouge is a leading petrochemical company that provides creative plastics solutions for a wide range of industries. Established in 1998, Borouge is a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Austria based Borealis. With its headquarters and production facilities based in the United Arab Emirates and its Marketing & Sales head office in Singapore, Borouge employs over 3,300 people representing more than 60 nationalities and serves customers in 50 countries across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
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