Grundfos Talks About Sustainability With United Nations

Grundfos CEO Mads Nipper speaks at the United Nations Global Compact Leaders’ Summit.

Grundfos CEO Mads Nipper speaks at the United Nations Global Compact Leaders’ Summit.

Grundfos CEO Mads Nipper speaks about sustainability and responsibility at the United Nations Global Compact Leaders’ Summit in New York. His speech, among other things, reminds approximately 800 listeners that the corporate sector wants political action and will use the United Nation’s 17 sustainability goals as a lever for development, innovation and business.

“Sustainability and responsibility are not a department or a report. They are the very essence of every company, who wants to think ahead and accomplish something greater than just creating short-term profit,” said Nipper, who explained that the Danish pump manufacturer wants to provide the world with clean water and develop new technologies and business models.

According to Nipper, water is a pivotal resource in as many as 15 out of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that the world wants to achieve by 2030.

“The need for water and sanitation on a global scale is evident – and the lack of equal access to both is one of the world’s risks in the future, said Nipper. “Everybody needs access to drinking water to live, however, more than 663 million people lack access to it. Another eye-opener is that 2.4 billion are without sanitation. Roughly-one third of the world’s population is at risk of death due to waterborne diseases.”

Therefore, Grundfos has established a collaboration with a number of NGOs and UN organizations to speed up the engagement, for instance, in some of the largest refugee camps in the world. This approach, according to Nipper, is to raise awareness among other global companies, NGOs, governments around the world and the UN system.

Developing high-tech water pumps and systems, the $3.85 billion Denmark-based company employs 1,300 people in the United States and nearly 18,000 globally with 80 companies in more than 55 countries.

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