The Toilet Board Coalition brings together some of the most forward-thinking organisations in the sanitation space: Firmenich, Kimberly-Clark, LIXIL Corporation and Unilever represent the business sector; Dr Val Curtis of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Barbara Evans of the University of Leeds bring academic rigour to the table; and a number of development sector and governmental bodies bring their one-of-a-kind resources and specialist knowledge: Agence Française De Développement; the Asian Development Bank; the UK’s Department for International Development; Stone Family Foundation; WaterAid; Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP); Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC); the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Programme; the World Toilet Organization; Water and Sanitation for Africa; and UNICEF.
Unilever had already initiated The Toilet Board Coalition in 2012. Over the past 6 months, the coalition has started five key initiatives:
- Supporting the Clean Team urban mobile toilet initaitive started in Ghana by WSUP and Unilever, now with funding from DFID and the Stone Family Foundation
- Evaluating the potential international roll-out of the Clean Team model with Manila Water Company subsidiary Laguna Water
- Designing and testing commercially sustainable solutions for villages in India, Bangladesh and Cambodia
- Leading an Open Innovation team formed by the LIXIL Corporation, Firmenich, Kimberly-Clark and Unilever
- Exploring innovative ways of integrating waste treatment; decentralised or large scale – into sustainable value chains
The Toilet Board Coalition consists of a Steering Committee, chaired by Jean-Laurent Ingles, Senior VP of Unilever’s Household Care Category, and a Partnership Council, which acts as an expert advisory group.
- Toilet Board Coalition develops initiatives to fight the sanitation crisis, Unilever, 19 Nov 2014
- World Toilet Day: business steps in to tackle open defecation with affordable toilets, Guardian, 19 Nov 2014
Web site: www.toiletboard.org