RYE BROOK, N.Y., April 7, 2014 – Xylem Inc. has been chosen to receive the 2014 Corporate Excellence Award from Charities@Work, an alliance of four nonprofit federations that serves as the cooperative voice for more than 2,000 international, national, and local charities. The award was presented at the Charities@Work 13th Annual Best Practices Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship in New York on April 4. Xylem received the Corporate Excellence Award in recognition of its employee engagement activities, including a matching gifts program, volunteer opportunities, and senior leadership and executive participation. Director of Corporate Citizenship and Social Investment Michael Fields accepted the award on behalf of Xylem.
“I am proud of the achievements Xylem Watermark has been able to make with our employee engagement program,” said Fields. “Xylem has always taken pride in devoting our technology, time, and talent to advance the smarter use of water. We applaud our employees for their consistent dedication in helping us find solutions to water issues around the world, and we are pleased to be recognized for our strong engagement program and commitment to making it a success.”
Each year, Xylem Watermark offers employees a variety of ways to make their mark on the global water crisis. Through the Employee Matching Gifts Program, Xylem matches each employee’s contributions up to $5000 per year, and in some water-related emergencies, double matches contributions to Xylem Watermark’s nonprofit partners. Employees can also serve as Watermark Champions, leading their offices in programs and fundraisers to help solve water challenges. In addition, an average of 50 employees each year travel to the field with Xylem Watermark’s nonprofit partners to take an active role in addressing critical water needs for communities.
Xylem Watermark’s mission is to provide and protect safe water resources for communities around the world, and does so through a holistic strategy including nonprofit partnerships, corporate citizenship, thought leadership – and employee engagement.
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Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology provider, enabling customers to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility, residential and commercial building services, industrial and agricultural settings. The company does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands, and its people bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on finding local solutions to the world’s most challenging water and wastewater problems. Xylem is headquartered in Rye Brook, N.Y., with 2013 revenues of $3.8 billion and more than 12,500 employees worldwide. Xylem was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the last two years for advancing sustainable business practices and solutions worldwide.
The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all -- that which occurs in nature. For more information, please visit us at www.xylem.com.
About Xylem Watermark
Xylem Watermark is the global corporate citizenship and social investment program of Xylem Inc., a leading global water technology provider. The program seeks to provide and protect safe water resources for vulnerable communities around the world. Xylem Watermark partners with leading international humanitarian organizations – Water For People, Mercy Corps, China Women’s Development Foundation, Planet Water Foundation and Fundación Avina – to support communities in more than 20 countries around the world. Through these partnerships, and by engaging Xylem’s employees around the world, the program has reached more than 2.3 million people with clean water and sanitation solutions since 2008. Learn more at www.xylemwatermark.com.
Charities@Work is an alliance of four nonprofit federations (America’s Charities, Community Health Charities, EartheShare and Global Impact) that serves as the cooperative voice for more than 2000 international, national, and local charities. Its purpose is to provide employers with an efficient way to enhance their employee engagement programs and initiatives and to respond to growing employee interest in a wider range of giving options. The Charities@Work 13th Annual Best Practices Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship brings together new speakers and valuable content through interactive plenary sessions, workshops and peer-to-peer breakout sessions. The Corporate Excellence Award is the top award, given annually to one corporation for overall excellence in employee engagement or Corporate Social Responsibility. For more information, please visit www.charitiesatwork.org.