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Vebego, one of the largest facility services providers, was at the cradle of MADE BLUE in 2014. Various Vebego subsidiaries together have already produced 100 million litres of clean drinking water.

Machiel van Dooren, co-founder of MADE BLUE, therefore presented a check this week to Ton Goedmakers, CEO of Vebego, and Rick Dillema, director of Westerveld.

Together with MADE BLUE, we make the water that is no longer needed for cleaning here available as clean drinking water in developing countries: one litre for one litre.

Ton Goedmakers – CEO Vebego

Vebego

More than 700 million people on the planet do not have access to clean drinking water every day. An estimated 500,000 children die every year from polluted drinking water and poor hygiene: that is 1,400 children a day. Vebego and MADE BLUE want to do something about this together.

Vebego is perhaps better known for its subsidiaries such as Westerveld, Blankers Schoon, Hago, IBN Facility, Stoffels Bleijenberg, Care and Yask. Since 2015, these Vebego companies have been working together with MADE BLUE on access to clean drinking water and hygiene for everyone. More than 100 million litres of clean drinking water has now been made available in places on earth where it is most needed.

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SUSTAINABLE CLEANING

Ton Goedmakers, CEO of Vebego says: “Vebego is actively committed to society, in all kinds of ways. Close by as a large, inclusive employer, with many people at a distance from the labor market, whom we offer a job and with facilitating circular offices. But we also contribute far away. With our construction trips, for example, and with providing clean drinking water with MADE BLUE. “

“Sustainability is an important theme in cleaning. By opting for innovative materials and techniques, less and less water is needed to clean surfaces. Vebego companies have expressed the ambition to strive for a water saving of one bucket – 20 litres – per hour. The water that is no longer needed for cleaning here, together with MADE BLUE, we make available as clean drinking water in developing countries: one litre for one litre.”

MADE BLUE - Dag 2 - Impactreis Ethiopië - Foto: Anne Harteman

Every 20 liters of water that we deliver on behalf of Vebego companies gives someone else on earth access to sufficient water and hygiene for a day.

Machiel van Dooren – co-founder MADE BLUE

MEASURABLE IMPACT

Machiel van Dooren, director of MADE BLUE: “We are proud of the partnership with Vebego and its companies and the impact we have been able to make with it. Every 20 liters of water that we deliver on behalf of Vebego companies gives someone else on earth access to sufficient water and hygiene for a day. 100 million liters makes the same possible for a community of over 1,300 people, today and for the next 10 years ahead.

The collaboration results in even more beautiful things. Women and children often walk up to four miles every day in search of water. Direct access to clean drinking water makes this superfluous, so children can go to school as usual and women have more time to take care of the family, income and so on. “

Plastic waste en CO2 reduction

Direct access to clean drinking water also means that:

  • water from mostly polluted sources no longer needs to be boiled before consumption or
  • that people are no longer dependent on buying water packed in plastic.

100 million liters of clean drinking water therefore also indirectly has a major impact, with the prevention of up to 1,411 tons of CO2 emissions and 7,500 tons of plastic waste. This is also in line with Vebego, with its ambition to operate completely CO2 neutral by 2030.

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One litre for one litre

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About Vebego

Family business Vebego was founded in 1943 and has grown into a company with more than 36,000 employees working in facility services and care. Vebego strives for healthy growth in its core markets of Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, as a condition for continuity and independence. But what really drives us is doing good: we want to offer all our employees meaningful work. We believe that this gives us the most added value for our customers and society.

About MADE BLUE

The MADE BLUE Foundation realizes the most necessary infrastructure in developing countries: access to clean drinking water. To this end, MADE BLUE drills for water (at great depth), installs pipelines and installs water tanks and tapping points. MADE BLUE does this together with local partners and on behalf of more than 350 corporate donors who, with MADE BLUE, ensure that the water they save or consume becomes available to the same extent as clean drinking water in developing countries – one litre for one litre.