Why a business led public-private coalition for sanitation?
Multinational businesses are experts at delivering complex systems with speed and scale. Promising sanitation business models need access to capital and skills building to grow, and development experts understand the most urgent priorities for sanitation delivery in under served markets. The TBC is a business-led public private partnership that brings all of these pieces together, innovating at all levels, to drive change.
The TBC’s unique model has assembled global leaders to fill this gap, providing the business view, and a platform to work in partnership with societal leaders to break through current barriers to achieving universal access to sanitation.
"Every member of the Toilet Board Coalition has different backgrounds and skills, but we all share two things: a determination to develop innovative solutions to the sanitation crisis and an unequivocal belief that there is a clear role for businesses to play in creating these and taking them to scale."
Jean Laurent Ingles,
General Manager of Unilever Vietnam and Honorary Chairman of the Toilet Board Coalition
"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 Vice-Chairman
"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, Firmenich
"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, Kimberly-Clark, TBC Chairman
"I see a very promising future for the TBC. Every day, more people and organizations are aligning with the thinking that sanitation can be, and really must be, a profitable business sector if we are to make rapid, significant progress towards the UN’s SDGs. The TBC and the businesses it partners with in its Accelerator Program are poised to lead this movement."
Jim McHale, LIXIL
"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, Kimberly-Clark