At a time when many countries are facing drought and severe water shortages, Israel now recycles nearly 90 percent of its waste water, around four times higher than any other country in the world, according to Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy Gilad Erdan.
“Today, nearly 90 percent of our waste water is recycled,” Erdan said in an address at the first-ever Israeli Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) conference in Tel Aviv, hosted by Maala, the Jewish state’s CSR standards organization. “That’s around four times higher than any other country in the world. It is a remarkable achievement and this benefits not only Israel. Israeli companies are helping save water around the world, from Africa to California to India.”
The conference, which was held last week, brought together leaders from Israel’s business community as well as international experts in sustainability and the CSR community to address Israel’s social and environmental innovation. Speakers and experts from companies such as Teva, Intel, 3M, and the Strauss Group headlined the conference.
“Israel is innovative, creative, and dynamic, and has more high-tech start-ups per capita than anywhere else in the world,” Erdan said. “And these start-ups in large part are not only focused on creating high profits, but also finding ways to solve the world’s most pressing problems.”
Among the Israeli companies leading the way in sustainability innovation featured at the conference were Hadera Paper, the company that says it produces the world’s most-recycled and most-environment friendly paper; Netafim, the drip and micro-irrigation pioneer; and Mekorot, Israel’s national agency for water management.