The SDG: Clean and safe water for all

Mads Nipper, Grundfos CEO
Mads Nipper, Group President & CEO

We are an SDG 6 company

"The UN has set 17 very ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 15 of these 17 goals relate directly or indirectly to water. I am placing particular significance on goal 6, that relates to access to clean water and sanitation for everyone. We and our technology can make a real difference to the world in this area. We are - in my clear opinion - a SDG 6 company.

Our knowledge and water technology can move the world in a positive direction. By purifying surface water for drinking. By making water available in refugee communities. And by moving water energy efficiently, so that we take care of the globe while doing so. We are making a difference because we can."

Mads Nipper, Group President & CEO

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“Sustainability and responsibility are not a department or a report.
They are the very essence in every company that wants to think ahead and accomplish something greater than just creating short-term profit.”

Mads Nipper, Grundfos CEO, speaking at The UN Global Compact Leaders’ Summit in New York City

Our sustainable business model supports the ambitious targets defined by the SDGs

Water has been our business and our passion for more than 70 years. UN sustainable development goal number 6 - clean water and sanitation for all by 2030 - is at the heart of what we do, both as a business and a corporate citizen. As much as we believe in contributing our knowledge, we also believe in partnerships and cooperation. Together we can accomplish more.

Sustainable development goal 6 is a natural choice for us, just as our membership of the UN Global Compact principles has been for 15 years.

Bidi bidi camp in Uganda

In 2017, we partnered with the Danish Refugee Council, providing water solutions to the Bidi Bidi refugee camp in Uganda

Our path to the Sustainable Development Goals

Grundfos recognises the business potential in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs) also known as the Global Goals, and the need to identify and develop solutions to scale.

Starting out with SDG 6 as the backbone of our commitment, we mapped the SDGs across our four means of change to define those most material to us, in terms of impact and opportunity:

Sustainability is in our DNA; we’ve always supported our customers with a portfolio of sustainable products and solutions. Anchoring our strategy to the SDGs was a natural continuation of our heritage and working with them is an ongoing process. 

We are proud to offer customers some of the world’s most energy-efficient, durable water solutions. Water handling in all its forms is what we do best; providing customers with this expertise is where our reach into the world goes widest and deepest. That is why, from the beginning, we have made SDG #6 the backbone of our effort. We constantly work to integrate this goal into our organisation as a framework of opportunity for our business – as the meeting point between doing well as a business and actively seeking to do good for society at large. This is the first step in opening the business to the range of opportunities that the SDGs represent. We want an organisation of engaged people, who spot the business opportunities of positive change. 

In 2016, we mapped how the SDGs affect different parts of our business and this year we completed a gap analysis. Combining these two results provided us with an overview of opportunities, impact and gaps in an SDG framework. It lead to the identification of priority SDGs within each of our strategic impact areas towards 2020: 

  • Green at heart. A focus on SDG #13 and providing energy-efficient solutions. 
  • Passionate about water. Here we focus on SDG #6 and providing sustainable water solutions to existing and future customers. 
  • Responsible, with a focus on SDG #8. 
  • Ethics and integrity, with a focus on SDG #16. We have also started reporting on these core SDGs. 


The SDGs are a unique way of outlining opportunities for the private sector and helping it to have a positive impact on society when doing business. At the same time, it is important to note that they do not stand alone; life-cycle assessments, sustainable product design, the UN’s guiding principles and other frameworks and methods are all part of a comprehensive approach to sustainability.

We have identified four priority SDGs within each of our strategic impact areas towards 2020
We have identified four priority SDGs within each of our strategic impact areas towards 2020

Why the SDGs matter

A child dies from a water-related disease every 90 seconds is just one reason why the SDGs matter. Turning around a global crisis takes global effort. We believe it is a collective responsibility and we want to be part of the solution.

Read about our solutions to solve water challenges

Read this article about access to clean and safe drinking water in the developing countries