Founder, Ethos Water, Founder and CEO, Liberty United & Recognized Social Entrepreneur
Peter Thum is a recognized entrepreneur, business executive and humanitarian. He has founded and led three social enterprise companies: Ethos Water, Liberty United and Fonderie 47; as well as three not for profit organizations to address some of the world’s toughest problems by building for-profit businesses and brands. Read More >
Discusses His Entrepreneurial Experience
On Starting Ethos Water
Stories From Africa
As corporations play an ever-expanding role in our lives, it is now more imperative than ever before that they take the steps necessary to improve the lives of their employees, their consumers, their communities and of society at large. Read More >
A dedicated social entrepreneur who has successfully established businesses that are driven by a social mission of helping those in need, Peter Thum delivers lessons on the importance of corporate social responsibility from which any organization can learn and benefit. From ethical branding and leveraging philanthropy, to emboldening a corporate message, to building a culture where giving back is a standard operating procedure, Thum helps companies of all sizes to understand the steps they need to complete to put social responsibility at the core of their mission and performance. Read Less ^
Countries all over the world are experiencing a water crisis. Millions of people in developing countries lack clean and safe drinking water. As the founder of Ethos™ Water, Peter Thum turned his idea of getting clean water to children into a successful social venture that has changed an industry, generated millions of dollars and changed lives. Thum talks through his odyssey from the townships of South Africa to brokering an acquisition by Starbucks, and finally to running Ethos as an international brand and social movement. Thum’s story is one of passion, perseverance and success. His story motivates people to dream big and turn thoughts into action. He takes audiences on a tour of the world and shares the importance of addressing the world water crisis, how to build a brand from the ground up and the personal rewards of working toward the common good.
Each year more than 17,000 American children fall victim to gun violence. It's an epidemic. Peter Thum tells the harrowing story of tackling one of the worlds’ most complex and difficult issues. Thum tells the story of working war zones of Africa and the most violence neighborhoods in America to build the two brands and a consumer movement to address these problems. By transforming thousands of illegal guns from battlefields and police forces in America into high-end jewelry, watches, accessories and art Thum has created a path toward peace. Since 2009, his companies have funded not for profits working help thousands of at-risk children in America’s most dangerous communities and they have funded the removal and destruction of over 70,000 assault rifles in African war zones
"Things went great with Peter. His talk went great and he did an excellent job answering questions and spending time with some students and faculty members who wanted to speak with him after. Peter was easy to work with and I definitely appreciated that. No complaints here."
“Peter delivered an impressive presentation to our YPO Lone Star – Dallas Chapter. He is a talented and polished public speaker with a unique ability to capture the attention of the audience while articulating a great message.”
“Peter is a rare individual who can combine his passion for changing the world with his drive to build a unique and profitable business. He shared his journey of social entrepreneurship in a way that was interesting, inspirational, and entertaining at key points. Peter made himself available before and after the presentation to interact with our members and guests which added to an already great event!”
“Peter Thum speaks with eloquence and authenticity and possesses a rare capacity to bridge the realm of ideas to action and commitment. He is a leader whose vision and passion are creating new opportunities and new futures for our youth, our communities, our nation and our world. He generates possibilities by inspiring each of us to see ourselves as essential to the solutions and by inviting our full engagement to building a better world.”
“Peter spoke to 500+ of our MBA students during their first week on campus. Our students come from all over the world and all walks of life, and they are generally career-changers who have spent 5-7 years in the workforce. What they are seeking at Ross is new expertise, new skills, and a new path for themselves. Peter's talk not only met them exactly where they were, but it gave them a clear and positive vision for the impact they can have in the world through business. He asked enduring, thought-provoking questions that forced them to think differently about the goals of work. He shared insights that were compelling and original. Most of all, he told stories that only someone with his experience and courage can tell, and it made the whole of his presentation highly-credible, hyper-relevant, and inspiring to every person in the room. What a great start to a new academic year!”
"Peter was, simply put, inspirational. His candor, entrepreneurial acumen, and passion for seeing positive change in the world connected deeply with our team. His talk left a lasting impact, with echoes across multiple initiatives in the months and years following. Thank you!"
"Peter provided an enthusiastic and relevant presentation at our conference. Peter took the time to understand our members and his message resonated with the audience."