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World Water Day: Celebrating and conserving water

Today we join people, countries and organizations around the globe in observing World Water Day, an international day of observance in honor of one of Earth’s most precious resources.

The theme of this year’s campaign is water and jobs, in recognition of the fact that almost half of the world's workers—1.5 billion people—work in water-related sectors, and that nearly all jobs depend on water and the people who ensure it is delivered safely.

As a fabless semiconductor company headquartered in San Diego, CA, Qualcomm is aware of the need to conserve water and committed to responsible water management. We recently joined the Ceres Connect the Drops Water Campaign because we see a tremendous economic opportunity to be had in advancing a sustainable water future for California. From our facilities and products to our employees’ actions, we are working hard to promote water conservation around the globe.

At our headquarters, we save approximately 18 million gallons of potable water annually by installing water saving fixtures and employing an advanced water treatment system that reduces the potable water used in our cooling towers. We also collaborate and engage with our suppliers to advance sustainability efforts and transparency.

Improving water infrastructure and distribution management is an important part of Qualcomm’s Smart Cities and Internet of Everything initiatives. Our technology teams have been working to solve both connectivity and communications challenges that are unique to water resource management systems by enabling solutions that are secure and reliable and that support long battery life operation.

Through our Wireless Reach initiative, we invest in programs in emerging regions that utilize mobile technology to support sustainable fishing. Whether they are tracking ocean conditions, international boundary lines or the concentration of fish, these program beneficiaries rely on the ocean for their livelihood and we recognize the importance of protecting this natural resource through all of our efforts as a Company. Read about our programs in Colombia, Brazil and India.

Water factors into our recently announced 2030 Sustainability Vision, both through our commitment to sustainable and transparent management of climate and water impacts across our value chain and active engagement of our employees in our sustainability programs.

At Qualcomm, our employees are our most valuable asset, and they will be critical in making our 2030 Sustainability Vision a reality. Their enthusiasm for sustainability was demonstrated when more than 2,000 employees participated in our first-ever water conservation campaign, a challenge to commit to one or more water-saving actions over a 30-day timeframe.

I’ll be talking more about these and other efforts at the upcoming Business of Water Summit 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The focus of the Summit is on building corporate engagement on water and river stewardship in the Colorado River Basin, and I will be participating in a plenary panel about building internal buy-in and external communications about our water initiatives.

I’d love to see you in Phoenix next week to continue the conversation about Qualcomm’s efforts to conserve water worldwide.

In the meantime, I encourage you to check out and share the official trailer for World Water Day 2016 on the UN website or join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #WorldWaterDay.

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