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Social Responsibility

The World Chlorine Council is committed to social responsibility. Several key ways in which the global chlorine industry makes a significant social contribution are through its products that help protect public health, its promotion of safety, and its specific acts of corporate social responsibility via the WCC member associations and their companies.

Specific Examples of WCC Social Responsibility Efforts Include:

Water Relief Network®

"2.2 million people in developing countries, most of them children, die every year from diseases associated with a lack of safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene," according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nation's Children Fund. The chlorine industry plays a key role in trying to solve this global challenge by providing safe drinking water and sanitation to communities in need via the Water Relief Network (WRN). Launched in 1996, the WRN is comprised of members of the World Chlorine Council (WCC) and includes manufacturers and users of chlorine and chlorine-related products from the United States, Canada, Europe and South America.


"Potable water projects are the single most important intervention that we do in communities. Teaching the value of chlorinated water and good hygiene practices, and then seeing how the infant mortality rate in a community decreases, is one of the best feelings that a Red Cross Volunteer can have."

- Red Cross Volunteer

Photo Credit: John Pickford, WEDC At the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg, the global community committed to halve by 2015 the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. The WRN's scope of work contributes to meeting this commitment by helping to build long-term, sustainable water and sanitation infrastructure in lesser-developed countries. The WRN currently grants funding to the three programs described below:


  • Project Reports: Building Sustainable Water Systems
    Through partnerships with the American Red Cross (ARC) and other relief organizations, approximately 60 WCC member companies partner to provide financial resources for specific water projects in developing countries.
  • International Network to Promote Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage
    In order to help bring in home water treatment products to communities without access to safe water supplies, the World Health Organization and a growing group of other organizations, including the WCC, have formed the International Network to Promote Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage.
  • WAWI - West Africa Water Initiative
    The West Africa Water Initiative (WAWI) is a multi-partner alliance that focuses on improving public health, providing increased water supply and sanitation services, and promoting sustainable, integrated water resources management in poor communities.

Project Profile: Yamaranguila, Honduras

The Water Relief Network® recently provided a grant to the relief organization Save the Children of Honduras to provide a reliable, safe drinking water supply for approximately 2,500 people. Completed with labor provided by the local community, the new system is sufficient to supply the town of Yamaranguila with safe, chlorinated water for the next 20 years, with no need for ongoing outside financial support. Click here to read a full report...

For additional information, see the resources below:

Global Safety Program

The WCC Global Safety Program was established to promote safe practices and to help producers, distributors, and users of chlorine continuously improve their safety performance. The Program includes the following elements:

  • Safety Promotion - Promoting safety throughout the industry by sharing and seeking best practices, outreach to chlorine handlers/users, and coordinating safety recommendations among the various WCC member associations.

  • Identifying "Chlorine Safety Stewards" - To date over 70 Chlorine Safety Stewards have been identified at facilities around the world - representing 21% of known companies.




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