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BRIDGESTONE India and UNICEF India join hands for ‘Drops of Hope’ - A Project on Water Conservation and Drinking Water Security
MUMBAI, June 5, 2018:
 MUMBAI, India (Jun 5, 2018) – Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd, a group company of Bridgestone Corporation joined hands with The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) of India for ‘Drops
of Hope’ -a Project on Water Conservation and Drinking Water Security. The partnership has been formed in collaboration with the Government of Maharashtra, Department of Water and
Sanitation. The first phase of the project will be implemented in districts of Pune, Latur and Osmanabad in Maharashtra India.
 
Bridgestone India is contributing a sum of 3.9 Cr. INR to the project over a period of three years.The focus of the project is to develop robust drinking water security and safety plans which also
involves a baseline survey to understand the existing situation as well as assess the future impact.
 
Maharashtra state has the highest drought prone blocks due to hard rock areas and shallow aquifers. Only half of rural households in Maharashtra have access to tap water of which only
63% is treated. Nearly 20% of rural household still depend on distant & unprotected sources for their domestic water supplies and nearly 1/6th of rural population depend on public hand pumps.
Per capita water supply in state has huge disparities that can range from 21 ~129 liters per capita per day (lpcpd). (National Vision is minimum 70 lpcpd by 2020). This Project is planned
with an objective of strengthening village level committees to find local solutions to Safety and Security Planning for Drinking Water throughout the year.
 
Bridgestone India will provide support to UNICEF in undertaking training and skill development of community members and key officials at the village, block and district level to build water
supply structures and ensure their proper maintenance. Another key facet of this program is the use of innovative communication processes and tools to support positive behaviors towards
water usage and management.
 
The foundation of this project is to work closely with the Government of Maharashtra to identify and leverage key resources for enhancing investments in infrastructure.
 
This partnership involves deployment of models that aim to create a mechanism to ensure drinking water security. Communities will be encouraged to access available funds set aside for
village development which also encompasses water security.
 
Speaking about the partnership, Mr. Yoshikazu Shida, Member of the Board, CEO and COO,Bridgestone Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd said, “Bridgestone Corporation has always believed in
contributing to their social surroundings and this belief is reflected through our mission of ‘Serving Society with Superior Quality’. This mission is also a guiding light for Bridgestone’s
CSR commitment ‘Our Way to Serve’. The three key priority areas of this commitment are ‘Mobility’, ‘People’, and ‘Environment’. Bridgestone’s partnership with UNICEF is a solidified
commitment towards ‘People’ and ‘Environment’. This project in India is aligned with Bridgestone’s global CSR direction, and we will be associating with various partners and causes
to provide relevant sustainable solutions.”
 
Mr. Parag Satpute, Managing Director, Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd added, “We are glad to be associated with a prestigious organization such as UNICEF over the cause of water
conservation. The state of Maharashtra has one of the highest drought prone blocks and being operational in the state, we feel responsible to aid the people especially our future generations.
Water is one of the primary resources needed for the basic survival and being deprived of it has certainly periled the lives of many. Partnering with UNICEF will help us channelize our
resources in an organized manner to provide sustainable solutions. We are also thankful to the Department of Water Supply and Sanitation, Government of Maharashtra, in providing their
support to the cause.”
 
Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, Representative, UNICEF India, mentioned, “The scarcity of water is no longer a myth. We are seeing that around the world and we know when resources go scarce,
children and women are especially more vulnerable. We are very happy that Bridgestone is supporting us to be able to demonstrate how communities can be empowered to help manage
this situation. Since Maharashtra is a state where the Groundwater Act is enacted, it is most appropriate to support the demonstration to address the drinking water safety and security here.
By implementing this programme in partnership with Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Government of Maharashtra we are hoping to find sustainable and scalable solutions to the
drinking water scarcity problem in the state which can hopefully be further replicated across the country”.

About Bridgestone Corporation:

Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world’s largest tire and rubber company. In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products, which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its products are sold in over 150 nations and territories around the world.
In the Asia Pacific region, Bridgestone locates its regional headquarters in Singapore, overseeing the operations of tire production and sales facilities, as well as supplying its products across more than 25 countries in the region. Bridgestone Asia Pacific plays a key role in facilitating this large and growing market as it contributes significantly to the entire Bridgestone Group.

About Bridgestone India:

Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd started its operations in 1996. In March 1998 with the setup of its manufacturing facility in Kheda, Madhya Pradesh, Bridgestone achieved its objective of running Indian
manufactured Bridgestone tyres on Indian Roads. It expanded its facilities by setting up one more facility in Chakan, Pune in 2013. In a short stint of more than 20 years, Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd has
become one of the leading tyre companies in both the OEM & Replacement market.

About UNICEF:

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better
world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org. Learn about the #EarlyMomentsMatter campaign.
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For more information on UNICEF India and its work visit www.unicef.in. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook



From L to R: Mr. Ajay Sevekari, Director HR&A, Purchase, Logistics and IT, Bridgestone India, Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, Representative UNICEF India, Mr. Sham Lal Goyal, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Mr. K P Bakshi, IAS Retd. Chairman, MWRRA, Mr. Yoshikazu Shida, CEO & COO, Bridgestone Asia Pacific, Mr. Parag Satpute, Managing Director, Bridgestone India, Mr. Shekhar Gaikwad, IAS, Director, GSDA, Dr. Himanshu Kulkarni, Director, ACWADAM, Ms. Rajeshwari, UNICEF India.
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