UNDP and Haier work for healthy wa­ter

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By XIE CHUANJIAO in Qing­dao, Shan­dong xiechuan­jiao@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram (UNDP) and China’s largest home ap­pli­ance sup­plier, Haier Group, an­nounced on Tues­day that they will work to­gether to of­fer qual­ity drink­ing wa­ter in China’s ru­ral ar­eas.

Both par­ties es­tab­lished a strate­gic part­ner­ship and signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing in Qing­dao, in East China’s Shan­dong prov­ince, where Haier Group is head­quar­tered.

In re­sponse to the calls of the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment of the United Na­tions and Healthy China 2030, the pro­gram aims to pro­vide county-level ad­min­is­tra­tive ar­eas in China ac­cess to healthy drink­ing wa­ter while at the same time cre­at­ing some 200,000 job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

It will also help im­prove aware­ness of en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and wa­ter re­sources among peo­ple liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas of China.

Pa­trick Haver­man, the UNDP’s deputy coun­try di­rec­tor for China, said the UNDP is will­ing to work with var­i­ous part­ners, not only gov­ern­ments, to tackle de­vel­op­ment is­sues in China, in­clud­ing poverty al­le­vi­a­tion and im­prove­ment of wa­ter qual­ity stan­dards.

As a large com­pany with world­wide busi­nesses, Haier has been step­ping up its cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ef­forts. Its ex­per­tise and tech­nol­ogy will play a big role in re­al­iz­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals.

Zhou Yun­jie, ro­tat­ing presi- dent of Haier Group, said the group has turned from a man­u­fac­turer into a global plat­form for en­trepreneur­ship,

“In the era of the in­ter­net, our group is ded­i­cated to build­ing a win-win ecosys­tem fo­cused on clients. Our open plat­form and re­sources will give our co­op­er­a­tion with the UNDP a boost,” Zhou added.

Co­op­er­a­tion of the two par­ties is based on the cur­rent prac­tice of Haier group, which of­fers drink­ing wa­ter so­lu­tions fol­low­ing strict wa­ter qual­ity in dif­fer­ent ru­ral ar­eas.

The RRS health plat­form, one of the ser­vice brands un­der Haier Group, has in­stalled its self-de­vel­oped wa­ter ma­chines in more than 5,000 vil­lages of 35 countylevel ad­min­is­tra­tive ar­eas across China since July this year. The ma­chine has the func­tion of pu­ri­fy­ing wa­ter and get­ting rid of nox­ious heavy met­als and pes­ti­cide residue.

To date, 4 mil­lion ru­ral res­i­dents have been given ac­cess to healthy drink­ing wa­ter with their ap­proach.

Xie Juzhi, vice-pres­i­dent of Haier Group, said that by lever­ag­ing big data and the in­ter­net of things, peo­ple who can com­pare the health­i­ness of wa­ter qual­ity be­fore and af­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion.

Also, ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies can help su­per­vise wa­ter qual­ity around the clock and give op­er­a­tors a re­minder to up­date fil­ters in time to keep wa­ter healthy and clean, Xie added.

“We hope more com­pa­nies and or­ga­ni­za­tions will join us to fo­cus on healthy drink­ing wa­ter in Chi­nese ru­ral ar­eas and on wa­ter re­source pro­tec­tion,” Xie added.

Our open plat­form and re­sources will give our co­op­er­a­tion with the UNDP a boost.” Zhou Yun­jie, ro­tat­ing pres­i­dent of Haier group Sin­gles par­tic­i­pate in a so­cial gath­er­ing ac­tiv­ity in Sanya, Hainan prov­ince, with the aim of broad­en­ing their cir­cles of friends and meet­ing a po­ten­tial spouse.

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