The One Brand
One has a simple vision: A world in which everyone
has access to clean and safe water, forever.
It all started with water. Duncan Goose was inspired to start ethical brand, One, after being caught in Hurricane Mitch in Honduras in 1998 – a natural disaster responsible for killing 20,000 people – and experiencing first-hand life without access to safe drinking water.
When Duncan returned to the UK he went back into the marketing industry, but the experience stayed with him. Four years later, he saw a photograph in The Guardian newspaper of a small girl sat next to a padlocked tap in Nairobi, Kenya. The picture made such an impact on him that he remortgaged his flat, quit his job and focused full time on launching the ethical bottled water brand, One Water. The idea was simple: To sell bottled water in the UK and give away the profit to fund the provision of clean water in the world’s poorest communities, through the creation of The One Foundation. Ultimately, to change lives one bottle at a time, one person at a time, one day at a time.
Duncan commissioned the first production run of 12,000 bottles in June 2005, on the same day that Live 8 launched. He wrote a pitch in the evening, and the next day drove to Bob Geldof and Richard Curtis’s London offices, trying to clinch a deal to make One Water the official water for Live 8 and Make Poverty History. He talked his way in and won the contract – not knowing that Brad Pitt would later be broadcasted to a global audience of over a billion people, waving a bottle of One Water on stage with U2.
One Water went on to secure a number of flagship customers, including World Duty Free, Virgin Atlantic, Starbucks and Hawksmoor.
In May 2015, Samantha Cameron invited the team to No.10 Downing Street to celebrate reaching £10 million raised for The One Foundation. But the highlight that year was finding the young girl in the photo who had inspired Duncan almost a decade before. After months of research, and with the help of local NGOs in Nairobi and facial recognition specialists in the UK, he finally found Ann – and The One Foundation still keeps in touch with her and supports her family to this day.
The One Brand is now celebrating raising over £19 million for water projects, transforming the lives over 3.5 million people in need.