Working alongside partners ClimateCare and Vestergaard, Jaguar Land Rover is investing in a new smart water filtration technology project, providing clean water to pupils from 375 schools across Bungoma County in Kenya.
As part of Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘Environmental Innovation’ strategy, the company’s ambition is to achieve long-term responsible business growth by reducing the environmental impact of vehicles and operations, while also leaving a positive impact on communities in some of the 170 countries JLR operate within.
Jaguar Land Rover has supported Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CSR) projects in 11 African countries to date, creating opportunities for nearly two million people since the project was launched in 2013.
The water project will run for five years, helping to improve health, education and employment prospects for student’s from one of Kenya’s most deprived areas, offering water purifiers to prevent diseases.
To ensure everything runs correctly and to carry out further education, teams of staff members from LifeStraw will visit the Kenyan schools each term as part of a monitoring process.
‘As a responsible business which is pioneering new technologies and innovations to reduce the impact of our vehicles, it makes sense for us to invest in new technologies which are tackling other sustainability issues around the world’, says Nigel Clarke, Operations Director of Jaguar Land Rover Sub-Saharan Africa.
‘Africa is a key growth market for us. By supporting the provision of appropriate and effective water purifier technology we are creating opportunities for over 300,000 school children in western Kenya - giving them the opportunity for a better education and greater opportunity to lean and excel.
‘By 2020, we will create opportunities for three-million people in Africa’.