WaterHealth International, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of pure drinking water systems to underserved communities around the world. It has a transformational, decentralized business model that purifies water that exceeds WHO and local standards, continuously monitors water quality and effectively delivers water to consumers with state-of-the-art distribution systems and supply chains. WaterHealth International maintains a direct relationship with its customers using smart water cards and achieves some of the lowest operating costs for its network through use of leading water purification technologies, predictive analytics and real time process monitoring.
WaterHealth is currently providing access to safe water to more than 7 million people worldwide and is widely recognized as the leading example of a social enterprise with a sustainable business model. It has scalable and profitable operations in many developing economies and is rapidly looking at expanding into Africa and SE Asia including China.
No less authority than Prof. Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School has highlighted WaterHealth International as a leading example of Creating Shared Value in seminal paper on this subject.
WaterHealth is also recognized as the innovator and leader of a new hybrid model for delivering drinking water to the developing world. This hybrid model combines decentralized water purification units with traditional utilities and allows safe, affordable, sustainable and profitable operations that deliver drinking water quickly and reliably to underserved and unserved populations. The speed at which such systems are implemented brings transformational change to communities who have not had access to safe water for decades.
SAIL Capital (www.sailcapital.com) and The Dow Chemical Company (www.dow.com) worked closely together to co-lead the first significant financing of WaterHealth International building on the early efforts of the Acumen Fund and the International Finance Corporation. Since then WaterHealth International has added The Coca-Cola Company, Tata Capital and the Vital Capital Fund as strong investment contributors to its success.
The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) has been an investor in WaterHealth since 2006
Working closely with their customers Dow delivers products and solutions that create value and competitive advantage while positively impacting the world we live in. Collectively, Dow’s efforts have lasting results, creating higher performance for their customers and reshaping the world around us to build a better future for everyone.
SAIL Capital Partners (“SAIL”) has been an investor in WaterHealth since 2006
SAIL pursues a proprietary venture capital strategy, investing in leading sustainable innovation companies which focus on solving critical global natural resource challenges by utilizing pioneering technology and world-class management. SAIL knows the best innovations must be packaged in business models that deliver value to customers. SAIL’s objective is to apply their experience and relationships to assist its portfolio companies in achieving a winning combination of sustainability and profitability.
Vital Capital Fund (“Vital Capital”) has been an investor in WaterHealth since 2014
Vital Capital is a leader in impact investing and a private equity fund that invests in opportunities which simultaneously enhance the quality of life of communities in rapidly developing nations, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa, while also delivering attractive financial returns for investors.
The Coca-Cola Company (“Coca-Cola”) has been an investor in WaterHealth since 2013
The world is changing all around us. To continue to thrive as a business over the next ten years and beyond, we must look ahead, understand the trends and forces that will shape our business in the future and move swiftly to prepare for what's to come. We must get ready for tomorrow today. That's what Coca-Cola’s 2020 Vision is all about. It creates a long-term destination for the business and provides Coca-Cola with a "Roadmap" for winning together.
The International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) has been an investor in WaterHealth since 2005
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. IFC utilizes and leverages its products and services—as well as products and services of other institutions in the World Bank Group—to provide development solutions customized to meet clients’ needs. IFC applies its financial resources, technical expertise, global experience, and innovative thinking to help its partners overcome financial, operational, and political challenges.
Tata Capital Innovations Fund has been an investor in WaterHealth since 2012
Tata Capital Innovations Fund is a sector agnostic venture capital fund managed by Tata Capital. The Fund's investment philosophy is to back the right entrepreneurial spirit by identifying investments which have a potential to create new growth opportunities; increase efficiency; bring affordability and accessibility to the industry or change the way business is conducted. The Fund attempts to be instrumental in harnessing India's immense talent pool. We strongly believe that in addition to a good idea, a clear sense of direction and stubborn persistence is a recipe for successful venture. The focus is thus on passionate individuals aiming to build great organizations.
Plebys International (“Plebys”) has been an investor in WaterHealth since 2002
Plebys recognizes that underserved populations are not devoid of creative entrepreneurs and value-seeking consumers, who can open for us a new world of opportunity for fulfilling longstanding needs and earning a good return. By developing effective partnerships in local markets, Plebys is able to benefit from being an early mover in such markets to establish strong business positions.
Acumen Fund (“Acumen”) has been an investor in WaterHealth since 2005
As a non-profit, Acumen raises charitable donations that allow it to make patient long-term debt or equity investments in early-stage companies providing reliable and affordable access to agricultural inputs, quality education, clean energy, healthcare services, formal housing, and safe drinking water to low-income customers.