The Starbucks Foundation
WaterAid is supported by the Ethos Water Fund, part of the Starbucks Foundation.
Ethos Water is a brand with a social mission—helping children around the world get clean water and raising awareness of the world water crisis. For each bottle of Ethos™ water sold, US$0.05 (and C$0.10 at Company-operated Starbucks stores in Canada) is directed to the Ethos Water Fund.
To date, the Starbucks Foundation has committed a total of more than US$6.2 million in grants from the Ethos Water Fund to help support water, sanitation and hygiene education programs benefiting more than 420,000 people in water-stressed countries.
A girl washing her hands at a WaterAid-funded water point in Madhya Pradesh, India.
Credit: WaterAid / Marco Betti
Grants from the Ethos Water Fund are currently funding two WaterAid programs.
The first is a program in Madhya Pradesh, India, bringing safe, clean water and sanitation to 120,000 people in 80 rural villages and 40 urban slums. The support is being targeted to reach vulnerable, marginalized groups who otherwise would lack access to these vital services.
Secondly, the Ethos Water Fund is supporting a program helping 38,500 residents living in poverty in the Benishangul Gumuz region of Ethiopia gain access to sustainable water supplies and sanitation. The program is helping to reduce the amount of time women and children spend collecting water, improve women's dignity, and reduce the community's exposure to deadly diarrheal diseases. For more information on corporate support of WaterAid, please call Lisa Millman at (212) 683-0430 or email us.Back to top
The Starbucks Foundation was established in 1997 to support communities where Starbucks does business. The Foundation’s initial focus was on funding literacy programs in the US and Canada.
It has since grown to include supporting education and youth leadership in communities where Starbucks has stores, and social investments in countries where Starbucks buys coffee, tea and cocoa.
Read about the Starbucks Foundation's support for WaterAid on the Ethos Water website.