The Clarios Foundation, UNICEF and the global nonprofit Pure Earth launched the Protecting Every Child’s Potential (PECP) initiative on July 30, 2020. The three-year partnership aims to help prevent children’s exposure to lead, a potent neurotoxin that can cause irreparable harm to child development. Around 1 in 3 children – up to 800 million globally – have blood lead levels indicative of lead poisoning.
Through the PECP initiative, the Clarios Foundation will provide $6.2 million to UNICEF and additional funding to Pure Earth to support the two organizations' activities on the ground. The collaboration also includes the exchange of technical expertise in recycling, advocacy and communications.
“We value our trusted partnership with UNICEF in programs such as the Protecting Every Child’s Potential initiative because of UNICEF's track record and capacity to deliver urgent, lifesaving resources,” Clarios Vice President of Engineering David Patel said.
The chief goal of the partnership is to mobilize international action toward preventing children’s exposure to lead from a variety of sources, including informal, illegal, substandard lead-acid battery manufacturing, recycling and smelting processes.
Initiative partners are committed to a multi-stakeholder approach. They plan to collaborate with local and national governments, businesses, UN entities, academia and civil society, sharing best practices and policies. Bangladesh, Georgia, Ghana and Indonesia will be the first countries to implement PECP projects in collaboration with the three founding partners.
The Clarios Foundation is also supporting UNICEF’s COVID-19 relief work with a $200,000 grant for response in Mexico and India. "These funds will have immediate and meaningful impact for children and those on the front lines saving lives, caring for the sick and vulnerable, and working to bring an end to this pandemic," said John Barkhouse, Clarios chairman and former interim CEO.
UNICEF's vision aligns closely with Clarios, as we seek better solutions that advance the profound impact we can have on those who call our planet home.