COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Atlas Copco USA raised around $31,000 in individual and company-matched contributions for its employee-led Water for All charity organization, according to a press release.

Atlas Copco raised the funds during an annual, three-day sales conference and more than doubled the amount of new employee contributors, stated the release.

“As a responsible corporate citizen, our company realizes how important it is to give back to the markets we serve,” said Sofie Gielen, Atlas Copco marketing communications director. “This is just one way our company wants to make a difference in the world we live in.”

During the conference, Water for All also gained 51 new employee members, continued the release.

After seeing how an ongoing drought created harsh living conditions in Peru, reported the release, Peter Hakansson and Torgny Rogert, two Atlas Copco employees, founded Water for All in 1984.

The Water for All initiative has helped over 10,000 people gain access to clean water and sanitation and has donated over $500,000 to 15 worldwide projects in just the past four years, informed the release.

“What started as a one-time project to raise money to combat drought-stricken communities in Peru has grown into a worldwide initiative that allows our employees to act on their commitment to global sustainability,” said Atlas Copco North America President Jim Levitt. “We are proud to support organizations that raise awareness and take action around the issues of unsafe drinking water and global water scarcity.”

You can find the release here.