WASHINGTON, D.C – The U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) presented its 2017 Water Leader Award to Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The
Kent received the award for leading the company through its vision and achievement of some of its biggest environmental and humanitarian efforts during his tenure as CEO, including many water stewardship milestones, namely reaching the company’s aggressive goal to replenish all the water it uses globally five years ahead of schedule.
“Clean water is our most precious resource,” Kent said. “I am proud to accept this award as a tribute to the thousands of
While at the helm of a company that is one of the most visible water users in the world, Kent led
Kent’s commitment to water stewardship began when he was named CEO in 2008. In 2009, The
In 2016, months before it was announced that Kent would be stepping down from his position as CEO effective May 1, 2017, the company announced that in the previous year, in partnership with governments and local organizations, it had helped replenish community water sources and watersheds around the world in a volume that exceeded the amount of water it uses to make its beverages. In 2015, that replenishment volume was approximately 300 billion liters.
'I am proud to accept this award as a tribute to the thousands of
USWP considered multiple factors in awarding Kent, including public-private partnerships, innovative leadership, and impact on the future of global water security. Notably, to enhance overall long-term effectiveness and impact, The
In addition, the company partners with conservation organizations, including longstanding partner World Wildlife Fund, to restore watersheds and protect species distinct to a certain region linked with a water source.
“Mr. Kent is an ideal inaugural recipient of this award and embodies the type of leadership required to create a sustainable water future,” said Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, vice chair of the U.S. Water Partnership National Executive Committee. “We share his commitment to elevating water as a priority across America and the world.”