Philip Wilson WG94 launched Ecofiltro S.A. in 2009, with the goal of bringing clean drinking water to rural Guatemalans. Part of the social enterprise’s model involves selling water filters in urban areas to subsidize their efforts in the countryside, and another part involves selling carbon offsets to large corporations. By giving families an alternative to burning wood to boil water, the use of water filters saves countless trees.

That’s where he experienced his most recent Wharton Effect. Microsoft is one of the companies most interested in buying Ecofiltro’s carbon offsets, and so it went that, after the partnership was forged, Philip met Microsoft Chief Environmental Strategist Rob Bernard WG97.

You never know when another Wharton MBA grad will appear in an amazing position, able to assist.

Watch Wilson tell the story himself and share additional detail about Ecofiltro’s for-purpose mission.




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