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Clean Drinking Water for More than 66,000 People

Compass Group UK & Ireland has started the New Year with a bang with an exciting charitable milestone of providing more than 66,000 people in developing countries with clean drinking water.
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Compass Group UK & Ireland has started the New Year with a bang with an exciting charitable milestone of providing more than 66,000 people in developing countries with clean drinking water.

Through its partnership with ethical bottled water company, Life Water and associate charity drop4drop, Compass Group UK & Ireland has successfully completed 44 clean drinking water projects by donating wells to communities in India and Uganda.

Altogether, the company has now provided clean drinking water to 66,531 people.

Earlier this year, Compass Group UK & Ireland signed a three-year contract with Life Water to be the primary bottled supplier across its organisation and through every bottle it sells, at least 1,000 litres of clean drinking water is provided to a community in need.

To date, more than 9million bottles of water have been sold.

Mr Kallol Chakrabaty, from Haldarchak Uttar, India, explained that his village has benefitted from the water bore-well that was donated by Eurest, a division of Compass Group UK & Ireland, through purchases of Life Water bottles.

He said: “Ever since I was born the village has faced drinking water shortages and issues.

“We only ever had one bore well which was not sufficient and the queue to collect water was long. Now we have two our water stresses have been reduced dramatically.”

Life Water’s partner charity, drop4drop, work directly with country partners to identify communities in need of clean drinking water before managing and developing each project.

Charlotte Fennell, National Accounts and Marketing Manager at Life Water, said:  “We are very happy that Compass Group UK & Ireland decided to partner with us for their water supply.

“By simply purchasing Life Water, they have changed the lives of over 66,000 people by giving them a sustainable source of clean drinking water in their communities.

“Each month, Compass Group UK & Ireland continue to fund more projects, and I think it’s amazing to see how a simple purchasing decision can have such a long lasting positive impact on the lives of many.”

Dennis Hogan, Managing Director for Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: “It’s quite a milestone for Compass, which employs over 60,000 people, to be providing a similar number of people in Uganda and India with clean drinking water.

"We are extremely proud of this achievement as we have helped to make an extraordinary difference to communities in need through our partnership with Life Water.”

Compass Group PLC

About Compass Group PLC

Compass Group PLC is a world-leading food and support services company, which generated annual revenues of £17.1 billion in the year to 30 September 2014. It operates in over 50 countries, employs over 500,000 people and serves over 4 billion meals every year. The Company specialises in providing food and a range of support services across the core sectors of Business and Industry, Healthcare and Seniors, Education, Defence, Offshore and Remote, Sports and Leisure and Vending with an established brand portfolio. Visit www.compass-group.com

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