Delivering Clean Water

Faye Turner

6 min Read Time | September 6th 2021

Key takeaways


Breadth of impact: companies’ projects, products, or services can have a local to a global impact.


Depth of impact: ideally, the impact of providing access to clean and safe water would bring about systemic change.


Persistence: assess how long the impact lasts for.

What is it?

Throughout the world, billions of people still lack access to safely managed water and sanitation services and necessary handwashing facilities at home, which are critical to preventing the spread of infections and diseases.

In 2017, 29% of the total global population did not have access to safely managed drinking water, equivalent to 2.2 billion individuals. Also, 55% of the global population did not use clean sanitation services; that’s 4.2 billion persons.


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Impact Assessment

In your analysis, describe the company’s product: include the what, who and how much, following the IMP framework. Also, assess how the company’s product or service provides access to clean and safely managed drinking water and since when.

Make sure to describe the scale of the impact by taking into account:

1/ The breadth of the impact

  • Is the impact local, national, or global?

  • How many people are concerned? Thousands? Millions? Billions

As a rule of thumb, if it affects at least 1 million people, it is considered significant. Although, please bear in mind that this is not always the case, as, at times, it could be regarded as unfair to expect an impact to touch that many lives. Thus, this is flexible.

2/ The depth of the impact

  • Is the life of the people concerned deeply affected, or does the issue just marginally impact them?

  • Are the changes brought by the issue profoundly changing society or the planet?

3/ The persistence of the impact

  • How long would the impact described last for? Months? Years? Decades?

  • How reversible is the impact described in the impact analysis? Can it be easily stopped/extended?

In your analysis, make sure you add value to your readers and go beyond the company’s CSR report by not merely reporting data from the company’s report, but going the extra mile of providing additional metrics, studies, and sources to make your analysis robust and the impact value and scale are clear.


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