Capgemini's Global Head of Environmental Sustainability, Matt Bradley, marks World Water Day
Water is described in the dictionary as:
'a colourless, transparent, odourless, liquid which forms the seas, lakes, rivers, and rain and is the basis of the fluids of living organisms.'
And yet it is so much more....
"The fact is that water is work." These are the wise words from Guy Ryder, the ILO Director-General and Chair of UN Water.
What does water mean to jobs and what do jobs mean to water?
Water can create paid and decent jobs and contribute to a greener economy and sustainable development. Today, almost half of the world's workers - 1.5 billion people - work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery.
Yet 650 million people around the world still lack access to clean, safe, water. And did you know that around 2.5 billion people do not have clean toilets? That's about 1 in 3 people in the world.
On World Water Day 2016, it is important to consider how you can make a difference, to appreciate and think of ways to build a work/life relationship to ensure a better future.
As Thomas Fuller wrote:
'We never know the worth of water till the well is dry'
Therefore, green investments and making a difference to solve the world’s water needs can create jobs and address environmental problems.
At Capgemini, we provide consulting and IT services to the world’s top ten utility organisations, and six of the UK's biggest water companies.
To help water utilities address water scarcity, we have built on our unrivalled smart metering expertise to develop the Smart Water Services platform, an off-the-shelf solution that manages the entire metering lifecycle, from programme planning, meter deployment and integrated operations through to full lifecycle maintenance.
Now let's consider how water is related to your job and your work place. Every. Single. Day.
There are many benefits to being well-hydrated and when we’re busy at work, it’s important to make sure we drink plenty of water throughout the day. Being dehydrated can have a negative effect on our alertness and concentration at work, the quality of our work, even our personal safety and that of others around us.
Our bodies need at least 1.5 litres of liquid per day to prevent dehydration.
When employees have access to plenty of water, it can drastically improve people’s moods and make work a more pleasant environment to be in.
Matt Bradley is Capgemini's Global Head of Environmental Sustainability. He has been involved in the development and execution of the UK and Group environmental strategy for many years working with Group leaders, clients, suppliers and environmental organizations to establish Capgemini as a thought leader and practicioner of environmental sustainability.