Thursday, July 8, 2010

Guinness Donates Water Project to Community

And here are a few of my favorite things: Guinness and safe water, in ONE blog post. Not actually all that surprising considering Diageo's Water of Life corporate social responsibility push for safe water in Africa.

Quick article re Guinness in Nigeria:

Nigeria: Guinness Donates Water Project to Community

28 May 2010

As part of its corporate social responsibility in Nigeria, Guinness Nigeria Plc, has commissioned a water scheme at Iperu-Remo in Ikenne-Remo Local Government of Ogun State.

The donation of the facilities is to give the people in the community access to good water. The water project will also extend to one million Nigerians in various communities by the year 2011 according to Mr. Jamie Anderson, Commercial Director of Guinness. The project in Iperu-Remo is a complete mini waterworks of boreholes, overhead storage tank, water treatment plant, reticulation network and a standby power source.

While unveiling the project, Mr. Jamie Anderson, Commercial Director of Guinness, said that the provision of portable water is a key component of Guinness corporate citizenship agenda.

Anderson,who was represented at the commissioning by Mr Mike Onuoha, Head of Public Policy, said that the water project is in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goal to halve by 2015 the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

He disclosed that as a good corporate citizen, its parent company, Diageo is dedicated to providing clean water to one million people in Africa every year.

He however explained that the challenge is more than meeting the target date saying that "it is about building excitement and motivation, it is about showing leadership and strength and it is about making a real and positive impact to our communities".

Anderson recalled that Guinness has so far provided water to over 900,000 Nigerians under its Water of Life programme adding that the Iperu Remo project will benefit about 50,000 people in the community.

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