WSUP wins Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship
Sam Parker, CEO of Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) has won the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The award recognises entrepreneurs whose innovations are helping to solve some of the world's most pressing problems and who can scale their success and drive systemic change.
WSUP is a partnership between the private sector, civil society and academia. It aims to find solutions to the global water and sanitation crisis by developing commercially viable ways for water companies and municipal authorities to provide sustainable and affordable water and sanitation services to low income consumers.
Water providers are often reluctant to serve poor and informal communities. WSUP works with providers to show that by establishing pro-poor business models, they can generate profits and gain new consumers in these areas. Another important element of its work is helping providers to reduce the amount of water they lose through leaks or illegal extraction. This water can then be made available to low income communities and the money saved can be used to expand the network.
Borealis and Borouge joined WSUP in 2007, as part of their Water for the World programme. The two companies provide technical and material expertise and contribute through membership of WSUP's Board.
Borealis and Borouge are proud to partner WSUP and congratulate all of its team, across eight countries, on this important recognition of its achievements.