About the TBC
Initiated in 2014 and formalised in 2015 as a business-led partnership and platform, the TBC has the ambition to address the global sanitation crisis by accelerating the Sanitation Economy. The TBC is enabling private sector engagement; connecting large and small companies; and ensuring close collaboration between private, public and non-profit sectors with the common goal to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6), universal access to sanitation.
The TBC runs the Toilet Accelerator, the world’s 1st accelerator programme dedicated to sanitation entrepreneurs in low-income markets.
The members of the Toilet Board Coalition believe that accelerating the Sanitation Economy will deliver significant impact to business and society.
We are building the Sanitation Economy – a brand new marketplace for innovation, entrepreneurship and investment.
The Toilet Board Coalition and its members are bringing pioneering business solutions to address one of the world’s most pressing crises, universal access to sanitation (Sustainable Development Goal 6.2). In doing so we will un-lock a system full of natural and biological resources, as well as information about human health and behaviour, that have been virtually untapped.
Our ambition is to transform sanitation systems from an unaffordable public cost to an untapped business opportunity.
“The Toilet Board Coalition’s work on Sanitation Economy highlights the immense business opportunities of providing universal access to safe sanitation. Smart businesses will recognise that Global Goal 6 needs to be a key part of their growth strategy.”
“As a catalyst for the Sanitation Economy, the Toilet Board Coalition (TBC) is effectively mobilizing business leaders to tackle one of today’s greatest public health challenges. As a leader in the science of smell with breakthrough malodor control technologies, we are committed to playing a key role in the Sanitation Economy.”
“As a pioneer in sanitary ware and toilet technology, LIXIL believes everyone should have access to safe sanitation. By considering the Sanitation Economy as a marketplace and integrating this into the core business strategy, companies can unlock unprecedented social change at the same time as tapping into this emerging business opportunity.”
“The continuous improvement of sanitation systems globally is central to the business priorities of Kimberly-Clark. Our work with the Toilet Board Coalition, as a founding member, seeks to accelerate the business opportunities associated with achieving universal access to sanitation, including new ways to optimise value from the system, while unlocking new and renewable resources for our supply chains, and new information about human health and hygiene. We hope that our peers in the global business community will join us in this important work.”
“Tata Trusts has participated in a robust manner in the planning and implementation of the Government of India's country-wide Swachh Bharat Mission. We are witnessing every day how communities benefit when governments, philanthropies, corporates, and innovators work together. This is a unique model which needs whole-hearted support, and is worthy of emulation.”
“Veolia is committed to fully leverage our skills, know-how and business network to lead to the needed scaling up of local entrepreneurial initiatives to reach the shared ambition of accelerating the Sanitation Economy and bringing a major contribution in tackling the sanitation crisis."
Meet the Coalition Members
Steering Committee Members
Partnership Council Members
One of the biggest drivers of success for partnerships is being very clear on what you want to get out of the partnership, and understanding the motivations of your partners. For the people from the Unilever side who are involved in mentorship, it is very rewarding to make a difference with sometimes the smallest techniques, or just by asking the smallest question. I have immense respect for the work that these entrepreneurs are doing. What you are trying to do every- day is very very tough. Having a mentor to talk to is a valuable outlet.
Charlie Beevor, Global Vice President, Household Cleaning Brands, UNILEVER, TBC Chair
It is a blessing to work with young people full of energy. Through this program, in a structured manner, we can build business models to deliver sanitation to those in need.
Virgilio Rivera, Managing Director Ayala, President of Manila Water, TBC Independent Director
The TBC is a formidable laboratory for new ways to do business, collaboratively and with a social purpose, which could eventually be promoted to the company level.
Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat, Global Head of Sustainability, Firmenich, TBC Vice-Chair
For the TBC, 2016 is the year of speed, results, innovation and partnerships - the essentials to drive forward an emergent sanitation business sector to deliver sanitation to all.
Madhu Rao, Global Senior Vice President at Unilever, Former TBC Chairman
This kind of partnership allows us to pool our expertise to solve problems and inspires us to prioritize the social and environmental issues affecting our regions to create value now and in the future. On a personal note, having grown up in my beloved Mexico where poverty causes all sorts of issues, you can see first-hand the effects of improper sanitization. This makes me have a deep and personal commitment to the TBC. I believe this is the most rewarding project I’ve had the honour to participate in my 24 years of professional career.
Mauricio Troncoso, formerly Kimberly-Clark, Former TBC Chairman
Are we making a positive impact to those with the lowest incomes in society? Is leadership doing something to improve it? Together with the TBC, we have created a leadership group, collaborating to make positive strides forward to tackle the sanitation crisis. We're calling for more partners to help drive the agenda and take the Sanitation Economy to scale.
Kinya Seto, President and CEO, LIXIL Group Corporation
Being a part of the TBC helps us at K-C invest in innovative social programs that improve people’s lives - and that’s integral to our overall mission as an organization. The coalition allows us to pool our expertise to solve problems and add value through innovation.
Pete Dulcamara, Vice President Corporate Research and Engineering, Kimberly-Clark, TBC Partnership Council