Commerce Last Lecture 2011 – April 5th at 6pm – FREE for BCom 4th Year/Grads – Peter Thum, Founder of Ethos Water and Former VP of Starbucks

Attention 4th Year and Graduating Students!

The Commerce Last Lecture returns again this year for another inspiring talk. This year, the Commerce Undergraduate Society in partnership with the Canaccord Learning Commons present Peter Thum, Founder of Ethos Water and Former VP of Starbucks.



As the Founder of Ethos Water, Peter Thum built a company that proved a business could be both profitable and work toward an important philanthropic mission. Thum’s social movement to bring clean water to children throughout the world is a template for corporate leadership on social issues.

As a consultant for McKinsey & Company, Peter Thum’s work brought him to South Africa, where he saw firsthand how developing countries lack safe drinking water. He later came up with the idea of creating a business centered on a social mission. Ethos Water was born and was ultimately acquired by Starbucks. In building a brand, a business and a self-funding philanthropic engine directly connecting consumption to a related social mission, Thum forged new ground and created a model that others could follow. While many companies claim to help those in need, Ethos Water puts its money where its mouth is by giving $.05 for every bottle purchased toward humanitarian water programs. Since he created Ethos Water, the company has raised more than $6 million and given water to more than 420,000 people to date. In addition to his keen business acumen, Thum has a solid understanding of how clean water affects the well-being of millions of people around the world and why the developed world must act quickly to address this massive public health issue.

When: April 5th, 6pm-8pm

Where: Henry Angus 098

Cost: FREE for 4th year and Graduating Students

Light refreshments to be served after the event.

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