Corporate Social Responsibility
At American Water, Corporate Responsibility is more than an idea; it’s who we are. Our commitment to helping out wherever we can is something we take very seriously. Across the country, we work with organizations, volunteer our time, and support schools and communities. In addition to participating in local programs, we provide support at the corporate level to two organizations focused on helping others, the United Way and Water For People.
Although priorities for United Way action are set locally, common themes include:
American Water has been a long time supporter of the United Way. Some of their key initiatives include helping at-risk youth become academically successful, substance free, law-abiding and avoiding early parenthood; economic self-sufficiency helping participants achieve work readiness, long-term employment, financial literacy, established credit, a bank account and housing; and core community needs like helping with choices for childcare.
In 2007, American Water exceeded its fund-raising goal of half a million dollars by raising more than $556,800. Across the company, employees devised unique ways like bake sales, raffles and auctions to help raise money.
Water For People
For more than a decade, American Water has supported Water for People, an international non-governmental organization, that uses water as a catalyst for change in communities throughout the world that lack access to drinking water, basic sanitation and hygiene education.
Our employees have donated their time, efforts and expertise to this critical cause. Over the course of our relationship, American Water and our employees have donated over $1 million.
2008 marks the fourth consecutive year that American Water employees have held a coordinated national fundraising effort. The 2008 campaign yielded more than $155,000 from employee donations. Together with the company match, American Water made a total donation of more than $230,000, over $20,000 more than last year.
As a water services provider, we know all too well that many people take for granted the fact that they have access to high-quality and reliable water services. Water For People works toward sustainable solutions to help those in need, and approximately $.80 of every dollar contributed helps make their efforts possible and make a difference everyday in the lives of many.