The Unilever Global Development Award: iDE

Longlisted for a Business in the Community Responsible Business Award

 
Action and Impact
Due to the poor quality of available drinking water, most Cambodians have to collect water and treat it by boiling. This means extra cost for poor families and increased CO2 emissions. Also, families who do not boil their water properly face negative health impacts.
 
Hydrologic is a company that wants to take away the problem. It makes, distributes, and sells ceramic water purifiers, or filters, to customers across rural Cambodia, removing the bacteria in water without the need for boiling it.
 
In the past 14 years, the business has sold more than 500,000 water filters which have contributed to a 46% reduction in diarrhoea cases and a 460,000 tonne reduction in CO2 emissions. Local manufacturing and distribution of the purifiers has also created new jobs, helping to stimulate the local economy.
 
“Hydrologic began life as a donor-funded programme of iDE. By transforming the programme into a commercial enterprise, we are able to continue delivering positive impacts without ongoing reliance on grants,” says Michael Roberts, chair of Hydrologic’s board of directors.