At CS Week this year, our major CIS conference in North America, the Oracle team hosted a networking event in which we invited our customers and partners to build emergency water filtration kits. Through this effort, we not only delivered 12 emergency filtration kits to those in need, we also funded 12 household water systems across the Kyaka II Refugee Settlement Camp in Uganda.
Water is essential to life. For our UGBU employees around the world, we turn on the tap and, because of many of our customers, clean water flows through. We don’t have to think about what it’s like to live without access to clean, safe water. Yet, still, in many parts of the world, clean water is not accessible. More than 1 billion people worldwide have no access to safe drinking water. Unsafe drinking water is the biggest killer of children under the age of five, and 1.8 million children die every year—that’s 5,000 every day. Fifty percent of hospital beds worldwide are taken up by those suffering from water-borne diseases. In our Water Works event, we worked with our North American utility customers to be part of a global solution to this challenge.
Many of our customers are actively working to define their role as community leaders in the industry of the future. They are leveraging sustainability, innovation, and engagement to empower their communities. In fact, we recently announced delivering over $2 billion in global energy savings, and, in the coming weeks, we will announce another major energy savings milestone we’ve reached with our customers. Additionally, we are teaming up with utilities around the world to continue to support global energy efficiency and CO2 reduction goals.
The critical role today’s utilities play in social and environmental impact is profound. Our utility customers are stewards of the world’s most precious resources. We are inspired by their commitment to that stewardship and by the dedication of our customers to deliver on the promises they’ve made to their communities to be responsible stewards.
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