In this year’s world championship, handball is about more than winning a title. As an official IHF partner, Grundfos has decided to use the Women’s Handball World Championship to create attention around UN’s global sustainable development goals. And we need your help to raise awareness in the greater public.
The UN has created 17 goals for sustainable development – and as a global leader in pump solutions and water technology, we care particularly about goal 6 and 13. Goal 6 is about providing clean water and sanitation for all, and goal 13 is about combatting climate change, i.e. by supporting energy efficient solutions and mindsets.
“We love sports and are just as relentlessly ambitious as the players are”, says Mads Nipper, Grundfos CEO. “With the support of goal 6 and 13 in this tournament, we get to put extra focus on what really drives us as a company – the sustainable development including the water agenda. Water is the foundation of Grundfos’ business and of all of our lives, and as the world faces a global water crisis, we are committed to being part of the solution. Our work with the sustainable development goals 6 and 13 is part of that commitment”. Here is our promise: Throughout the tournament, we will donate money to projects that support these two global goals the first time the scoreboard shows “6” and “13”. In short, we support goal 6 and 13 – both the UN goals and the tournament goals.
Goal 6: Clean water and Sanitation
Goal 13: Climate action
Timor Leste: A brighter future for women and girls
Mali: Healthy communities
Kenya: Women energy entrepreneurs
Peru/Bolivia: Sustainable forestry in the cloud forest
Here is how it works: In cooperation with two NGO’s, Practical Action and Water Aid we have chosen four projects that support the UN goals, and randomly assigned each national team with two projects. Every time a team scores the first goal 6 or 13 in a match, a sum of money is donated to the project assigned to that team. In total, we will donate more than €50.000 throughout the tournament. We hope you will help tell the story in your media and thereby help create awareness about the UN global sustainable development goals. We are all losers if we don’t take them seriously.