Water for All is both the Atlas Copco Group’s and the Epiroc Group's main community engagement project. It was founded in 1984 by Atlas Copco employees in Stockholm, Sweden, who had seen a documentary on TV about the then ongoing drought in Peru. The aim was originally to collect money from their fellow employees to build a well in the same area as shown in the documentary. When Atlas Copco saw how engaged the employees became in this endeavor, they offered to contribute with the same amount as donated by the employees. The project in Peru became a success and Water for All lived on, continuing to collect voluntary donations from the employees via their salaries with a matching donation from Atlas Copco. Several other projects providing people in need with clean drinking water were implemented but it took around 20 years until the concept of Water for All was transferred to other Atlas Copco countries. Today, some 30+ years later, Atlas Copco has employees in more than 50 countries either managing Water for All organizations or in the process of starting up Water for All. Since 2011 Atlas Copco (and from 2018 Epiroc) gives twice the amount of the employees’ donations (i.e. if an employee donates €10 every month, the company gives €20, meaning that it will be €30 going to water projects). Donations from non-employees are also welcome, however not doubled by the company. All in all, more than 2 million people all around the world have been provided access to clean drinking water thanks to Water for All.
The principle is that any Atlas Copco or Epiroc employee can decide to start Water for All in his or her country. The first step is to form a local board, the second one to make sure that donations can be collected. This is primarily done directly from the salary by the HR department but one-time donations at special events are also common.
Water for All has no admin costs (these are absorbed by Atlas Copco or Epiroc). This means that 100% of the donated amount goes to supporting people in need.