Royal HaskoningDHV offers water filters to Philippines

29 October 2015

Super Typhoon Haiyan caused considerable damage to infrastructure as it moved through the Philippines. Many towns now rely on bottled water to access safe drinkable water. To provide a sustainable solution, Royal HaskoningDHV sourced a water filtration system from a social enterprise and distributed almost 3000 filters to affected areas in the Philippines, thereby reducing the creation of plastic waste, CO2 pollution and financial burdens.

In 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines with sustained winds of 195 mph. The storm caused considerable damage to local infrastructure, with access safe potable a real problem in many areas devastated. Although plastic water bottles provide a solution to the safe water problem, they come at considerable costs – in terms of plastic waste, transportation and high use costs. In a bid to provide an economically sustainable and ecological solution, Royal HaskoningDHV supported a solution through its Green Fund*.

Plastic bottle waste

Filtering out plastic
In the San Remigio province, the consulting firm has deployed a low cost and easy to manufacture plastic drinking water filter. The filter is designed for longevity through resistance to corrosion and chemicals – in line with the sustainability requirement of its Green Fund. Besides removing the need for bottled water and its related problems, the solution also brings with it improvements to air quality in huts as water no longer needs to be boiled.

The water filters are produced by a social enterprise in Indonesia called Nazava, whose aim is to produce affordable, safe and innovative filters which comply with World Health Organization (WHO) standards. Royal HaskoningDHV has helped manage and distribute 2,940 filters to the cities of Cebu, Bacolod, Ormoc, Roxas and Tacurong. The filters delivered so far represent 6 million days of clean and safe drinking water whilst removing the need to pump more than 400 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. The project is further supported by the Philippines charity Gawad Kalinga, whose aim is to end poverty for 5 million families by 2024 and forward the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goal of providing safe and affordable drinking water to the world’s people.

Royal HaskoningDHV offers water filters to Philippines

“Before our visit, we learned from Dan Bercasio of Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation that the villagers were obliged to buy drinking water,” says Agnes Domingo from Royal HaskoningDHV in the Philippines. “Bottled water costs a lot of money and its production and distribution leaves a large CO2 footprint. We showed the villagers what the water filters were for, how to assemble and how to use them. After the demonstration, we handed the water filters over to the villagers so they could try to use them for themselves.”

Daniel Levelt of Royal HaskoningDHV, who helped set up the Green Fund adds: “We recognised the innovation, saw an opportunity to contribute to improving the lives of thousands of people, and have sustained the initiative to make a big difference to the people in the Philippines.”

* The Green Fund, which has been created as part of the firm’s social responsibility activity, is an internally funded initiative that enables employees to fund initiatives for sustainable change and CO2 reduction in local communities on the basis of sustainability.

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Travel firm hosts consultancy marathon to raise money for charity

19 March 2019

A communications consultancy has announced it will perform a ‘consulting marathon’ to raise money for a charity based in Africa. SEO Travel will offer a 12-hour consulting surgery to as many small travel businesses as possible, while raising money for the cause.

SEO Travel has been helping travel companies improve their online presence since 2011. The firm works with a wide range of global travel brands who it helps develop brand visibility online through SEO, social media, PR and other techniques. Based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, the firm works to create engaging campaigns that increase brand awareness and drive more business and sales in a sustainable way.

The professional services firm has announced that as of the 21st of March, it will be offering these services to small travel businesses as part of a charity fundraising drive. The session will last 12 hours straight, and offers the chance for a 30-minute session, which travel companies can sign up for at the SEO Travel website. The marathon session will help small travel businesses which wouldn’t usually be able to afford a respectable and trustworthy agency’s advice.

Travel firm hosts consultancy marathon to raise money for charity

As well as helping small businesses, the event is also being used as an opportunity to raise money for charity, with SEO Travel donating to Tanzanian safari charity ‘Care with a View’ for each person that signs up, as well as asking businesses taking part to make a small donation of £10 themselves. The event will run from 8am to 8pm UK and is open to anyone around the world.

It will run by SEO Travel founder Tom McLoughlin, bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. He explained, “I’ve got the team here on standby to order pizzas and bring me Tangfastics on demand throughout the day!”

According to Mcloughlin, while there is a lot of marketing advice on the internet, the volume of information is so high that it's impossible for small firms to tell what will help and what will hurt their company. He concluded, “With the ‘Charity Travel Marketingathon Bonanza’ we want to take away the part of not knowing so these businesses can go away with clear, actionable tactics that will help grow their business.”

Related: Charity football cup sees Hays consultants raise £3,000 for Action for Children.