The problem
Despite progress, billions of people lack safe water. Globally, 785 million people lacked a basic drinking water service in 2017. One third of all primary schools lacked basic drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services, affecting the education of millions of schoolchildren. Corporations can contribute to clean water access in several ways, including by avoiding polluting local water sources, responsible and sustainable water use (especially in water-stressed regions), providing safe water at all global facilities, creating jobs (economic mobility usually allows greater access to clean water), and charitable donations to clean water organizations
How companies are rated
Ethos is using 130,616 unique data points since 2017 to rate companies, stocks and funds on clean water access, including from these metrics:
Financial performance
r =
Company ratings 1-yr return
Top 10 for clean water access
Top 50 for clean water access
S&P 500 Index
Bottom 50 for clean water access
Bottom 10 for clean water access
Clean water access has a slight positive correlation (
) with financial returns, meaning companies that perform better in this impact area tend to perform slightly better financially
Data partners and sources
What this formula is about
Clean water
safe water
drinking water
water access
UN Sustainable Development Goal 6