Clean Water

“We never know the worth of water until the well is dry.” -Thomas Fuller

Challenges

The water crisis has multiple causes and manifests in multiple ways in fact, NASA has deemed the global water crisis to be the “environmental challenge of this century” (HSBC, 2021). Despite covering most of the Earth’s surface, only 0.007% of water is accessible and suitable for human consumption (National Geographic, 2010). As populations increase and freshwater becomes scarcer, it will inevitably become a highly sought-after resource and one that we globally depend on.

Poor Access to Clean Water

Poor Access to Clean Water

The global water crisis is a matter of life or death for everyone, but for some that choice is faced every day. Everyone, everywhere should have access to clean water. It is essential for human survival and yet 1 in 10 of us still goes without (Water Aid, 2022). Over 4 billion people are already affected by the global water crisis and the numbers are expected to rise (WHO, 2019).

Global Displacement

Global Displacement

The risk of displacement is increasing as the destruction of vital wetlands causes greater frequency of natural disasters. Global displacement is happening already as seen in the U.S and Australian wildfires of 2020 but we must remember that countries in the Global South are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters (EPA, 2021). Even when people are not forced to leave their homes, the damage to water infrastructure can exacerbate supply problems.

Fast Fashion

Fast Fashion

Textiles require vast amounts of water to produce and the dying of fabrics has all sorts of issues with polluting waterways (Water Briefing Global, 2019). The rapid succession of “trends” in fast fashion places a huge amount of pressure on freshwater reserves. If we keep going this way, the availability of modern-day products, including essentials, will be placed into uncertainty.

Agriculture and Infrastructure

Agriculture and Infrastructure

Agriculture heavily relies on freshwater and as these sources dry up, it will become harder to meet the world’s food needs. Animal farming in particular puts massive stress on the global water supply due to its high intensity processes. As droughts and floods increase, crop yield will continue to decline and the effects of food insecurity will move beyond rural communities (UN Water, 2019).

TIME TO TAKE ACTION

FLIT’s solution and clean water

Investment Rationale

The global water crisis has already been one of the biggest global sustainability challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has driven the demand for sanitation and hygiene across the globe and further exposed international inequalities. As the global population continues to increase, more advanced water infrastructure and sanitation facilities will be required. We also expect further investments from large investors to close the funding gap to reach SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation. Global market trends indicate that the demand for clean water and investments into the sector will continue to increase, which presents an attractive investment opportunity from both financial and impact perspectives.

Impact Metrics

There are many standards approaches to solving the water crisis. Across all these approaches is the common commitment to UN SDG #6 to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Impact targets are best achieved with plans, metrics, and achievement dates to allow the clean water mission to be tracked. FLIT is here to help you invest your resources into companies pledging to solve the water crisis and actually doing it.

Portfolio Spotlight

TETRA TECH. Tetra Tech utilizes engineering to craft solutions to the water crisis. They provide engineering and consulting services to governments, commercial clients and industries to promote water security and environmental restoration. Their projects range from water resilience in the U.S. Sunbelt to water resource management in Tanzania. Across their operations more than 460 megaliters of water are delivered per day, they have provided 1.29 million people with basic sanitation services and 520,000 people with basic water services (Tetra Tech, 2021).

Benefits of FLIT’s Expert Curation

Our team at FLIT has researched hundreds of investment funds and companies, and we have curated a portfolio that we believe targets the water crisis in multiple sectors. These funds and companies sit in utilities, technology, chemicals and more – each service or product helps to advance the clean water goals. We provide users with transparent data on the sustainability practices of each company to ensure an investment aligns with your values. We strongly believe that this approach to investment is essential for our future and profitable.

TIME TO TAKE ACTION

Solutions beyond investing

Individual:
What can you do?

  • Educate yourself and others on the water crisis
  • Calculate your water footprint and reduce your water waste
  • Ditch fast fashion
  • Reduce the meat in your diet or go vegetarian/vegan
  • Donate, support, or volunteer for a nonprofit organization advocating for change. Check out for example: Thirst Project
  • Champion for-profit companies that are tackling the water crisis. Buy their products or use their services, work for them, and invest in them

Beyond:
What about systemic change?

  • Increase government and industry cooperation to support water infrastructure
  • Expand international cooperation to support developing countries with W.A.S.H programs
  • Reduce water wastage by increasing efficiency of processes that rely on freshwater like agriculture, fashion and technology

Investment themes

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Prior to founding FLIT Invest, Alejandro worked at J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank in New York, where he oversaw and managed investments for ultra-high net worth families. Before J.P. Morgan, he was an investment analyst at Northwestern Mutual, responsible for developing comprehensive financial plans and asset allocation models. Alejandro is a CFA charterholder and former professional soccer player.

Steven is a UX/UI Designer based in Los Angeles, CA. He received his BA from CSULB focusing on graphic design. Steven approaches his projects with a keen eye for design while prioritizing user-friendly solutions. He is passionate about animal welfare, and environmental causes.

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Prior to founding FLIT Invest, Richard was an investment banker at ING in London. He advised banks, asset & wealth managers, FinTechs and other financial institutions on mergers & acquisitions, financing and other strategic projects. He is an impact investing enthusiast having advised BlueOrchard – leading global impact investing asset manager – on their sale to Schroders. Richard is a former professional triathlete, vegetarian and nature enthusiast.

Serena is a sales and growth professional. She has experience in rapidly scaling revenues for consumer products through the deployment of marketing campaigns and team strategy development. Serena has a keen eye for identifying and implementing emerging consumer trends that result in better user experiences. She is passionate about criminal justice reform and is a loud voice in the fight for gender and racial equality.

Martin is a Software Architect and Developer whose goal is to make FLIT Invest an application that puts usability and security first. Martin started his career in finance, where he developed an integrated treasury solution for banks and corporations. Then he deep-dived into medical imaging at Siemens Healthcare, where he spent years developing a next-generation radiography system. Martin is an avid traveler and loves cycling, hiking, and skiing.

Zsolt has worked as a Software Engineer in Germany, Scotland, and Hong Kong. His work experience lies predominantly in the FinTech industry, both in startups and well-established companies. Before FLIT Invest, Zsolt was a developer at Asia’s leading wealth management platform in Hong Kong. Alongside FLIT, Zsolt is completing his Master’s Degree in applied mathematics in London. In his free time, he enjoys swimming and reading fiction.

Tina is a UX/UI Designer based in Los Angeles, CA. Her expertise in both Economics and Interactive Design allows her to approach topics from a variety of perspectives in order to create products, assist people, and solve problems. She characterized challenges in a larger scope as an explorer, and she continued to look for solutions that would better human life. In addition to design, Tina is enthusiastic about women’s issues in society and animal welfare in various countries.

Peter is a Mobile Engineer with extensive experience in native iOS and Android app development. He has worked with various Fortune 500 companies across industries including fintech, transportation, human resources, energy, accounting, and pharmaceuticals. Being a lifelong learner he’s always eager to acquire new skills in various topics. He’s enthusiastic about different aspects of finance, and in his free time he enjoys working out.

Nick is a User Researcher based in Los Angeles, CA. After receiving his BA in Psychology, he moved on to receive a certificate in UX/UI from UCLA which set him on the path to understanding users. Nick approaches User Research with an empathetic lens, ensuring that every user’s needs are considered in each step of the process. Nick is passionate about providing sustainable change, and in his free time, he’s looking for another national park to check off the list.

Brian is a self-taught iOS developer based in Los Angeles, CA. Driven by a strong interest in finance and renewable energy, he takes pride in being part of a team that takes huge steps towards a greener future. Prior to joining FLIT, Brian played multiple competitive games such as League of Legends at a top-tier level- applying the same mindset of growth and improvement from gaming to his iOS development. Brian is often playing the piano in his free time and is extremely fascinated by artificial intelligence.

Rob is an impact investing analyst passionate about sustainability and its role in finance. Currently, he is a student at the University at Buffalo (UB), where he is the President of the UB Sustainable Business Association and a Board Member of the UB Equity Research Group. In his free time, you can catch Rob exercising or golfing.

Holly is a BSc Psychology with International Placement graduate from the University of Manchester, UK. She has worked and volunteered in the social care sector for 7 years and whilst at university, established an award-winning student zero-waste shop. She is passionate about social justice and environmental sustainability, and in her spare time volunteers as a Scout Leader and enjoys going for tea and cake with friends.

Jake is an entrepreneur, designer, and biologist passionate about sustainability. Previously, Jake founded VOSTIC, a company that manufactured and distributed a kelp-based replacement for plastic. Jake holds a master’s degree in Design Systems from Pacific Northwest College of Art and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Lewis & Clark College. On weekends you might find him making music or snowboarding at Mt. Hood.