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Matt Damon, Gary White and Stella Artois Call Upon the UK to Help End the Global Water Crisis at World Economic Forum Back to news

18th January 2017

Matt Damon, Gary White and Stella Artois Call Upon the UK to Help End the Global Water Crisis at World Economic Forum

  • Global brand re-announces multi-year partnership with Water.org to help bring clean water to more than 3.5 million people in the developing world by 2020.
  • Stella Artois has unveiled limited edition bottle packs in selected retailers. Each purchase will provide six months of clean water for a person in the developing world.

 

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London January 17, 2017 Today, at the World Economic Forum (WEF), Stella Artois and Water.org called for international business leaders, corporations, media and consumers to join the mission to help end the global water crisis. While onsite, Stella Artois jumpstarted its own commitment to this effort with a multi-year extension of the ‘Buy a Lady a Drink’ campaign with Water.org, co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White. Through this partnership, they aim to help provide 3.5 million people with long-term, sustainable access to clean water by 2020.

Water has played an important role in Stella Artois’ heritage, and is an essential ingredient in the Stella Artois that is brewed today. Yet by contrast one in ten people in the developing world lack access to safe water. This problem disproportionately affects women and children, who spend millions of hours a day collecting water instead of working, caring for family or attending school.

“I have four daughters and it is tough to imagine them having to walk for hours every day to get clean water, as so many women around the world do,” said Matt Damon, co-founder of Water.org. “We want to put an end to these journeys. Through our partnership with Stella Artois and the campaign launch at the World Economic Forum, we’re inviting consumers around the world to help us do this.”

To mark the long-term partnership between Stella Artois & Water.org, the brand has launched a selection of limited edition bottle packs, available exclusively in the UK from 1st February. The bold new design features on the 330ml and 284ml bottles in both 3x, 4x, 6x, 12x, 15x and 20x packs. Each pack will provide six months of clean water for one person in the developing world. The design features a premium white wrap and water.org branding to reinforce the brand’s partnership and commitment to ending the global water crisis.

In addition to the exclusive bottle packs, consumers can also get involved and help end the global water crisis by purchasing new limited-edition Stella Artois Chalices. This year’s Chalices feature unique designs by three influential artists – Lisa Mam from Cambodia, Fernando Chamerelli from Brazil and Eria Nsubuga from Uganda. Each design reflects the artist’s experience and artistic interpretation of the global water crisis in their country and represents one of the countries where Water.org provides support. For every Chalice sold through Amazon, Stella Artois will help Water.org provide five years of clean water for one person in the developing world.

Since the launch of the “Buy a Lady a Drink” campaign two years ago, Stella Artois has helped provide more than 800,000 people in the developing world with access to five years of clean water including a young mother from North Kapuonja, Kenya, Elizabeth. This year, the reach and scale of the campaign will be greatly expanded through the increased investments and addition of new countries participating in the program (such as Brazil, Canada, Chile, and Uruguay). The partnership aims to challenge other global companies to join the cause by showing that helping the world can also be good business.

Through a new community programme implemented by Water.org and its local partner Kenya Water for Health Organisation (KWAHO) access to clean water freed Elizabeth from having to walk up to six hours a day to collect water for her family. This allowed her to tap into her natural talents and work as a seamstress for her local community.

Ricardo Tadeu, Zone President Africa, AB InBev and who was present at the WEF said “We believe that water has the power to unlock the potential of communities around the world. That’s why Stella Artois is passionate about and committed to helping end the global water crisis, but we can’t do it alone. We’re calling on consumers and business leaders to join us and take action in helping to end the global water crisis.”

Gary White, CEO and co-founder of Water.org commented “It is unnecessary and unacceptable that every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease. We need partners and committed resources – both human and capital – to help end the global water crisis.”

The partnership between Stella Artois and Water.org contributes to The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Water Initiative. It also supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6, which aims to ensure access to safe and affordable water for all by 2030, and is driven by the belief that a problem of this magnitude can only be solved through collaboration. Additionally, the partnership aims to challenge other global companies to join the cause by showing that helping the world can also be good business.

Find out how we can be the generation that ends the global water crisis by visiting www.BuyALadyADrink.com.

Join the conversation online @StellaArtois

1 World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). (2015) Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation, 2015 Update and MDG Assessment.

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About Stella Artois

Stella Artois® is part of a Belgian brewing tradition dating back to 1366. It is the No. 1 Belgian beer in the world and is present in 95 countries. Stella Artois is a bottom filtered, blonde pilsner. It is thirst quenching with a malty middle and crisp finish delivering a full flavour and a hint of bitterness. Stella Artois is best enjoyed served between 3 and 5 degree Celsius and should be served in the unique Stella Artois Chalice according to the 9-Step Pouring Ritual to guarantee a perfect experience of this gold standard lager.  Visit www.stellaartois.com for more information.

About Water.org

For more than 20 years, Water.org has been at the forefront of developing and delivering solutions to the global water crisis. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers innovative, community-driven and market-based initiatives to ensure all people have access to safe water and sanitation — giving women hope, children health and communities a future. To date, Water.org has positively transformed the lives of more than 5 million people around the world, ensuring a better life for generations ahead. Learn more at www.water.org www.waterequity.org  www.facebook.com/water.

The partnership between Stella Artois and Water.org also contributes to The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Water Initiative. It supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6, which aims to ensure access to safe and affordable water for all by 2030, and is driven by the belief that a problem of this magnitude can only be solved through collaboration. Additionally, the partnership aims to challenge other global companies to join the cause by showing that helping the world can also be good business.

Finally and in addition to the limited-edition bottle designs, Stella Artois have created limited edition chalices. For every chalice sold, Stella Artois will help Water.org provide five years of clean water for one person in the developing world. To date, more than 225,000 Limited-Edition Chalices have been sold through the ‘Buy a Lady a Drink’ program.

For more information, please contact:

Stella Artois/AB InBev:

Tessa Annable

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Laura Sharkey

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