Celebrating World Toilet Day

November 19th, 2015 – The Toilet Board Coalition (TBC) – the world’s first business-led accelerator for market-based sanitation solutions – has appointed Cheryl Hicks as its inaugural Executive Director, to refine the TBC model and lead it into its next phase.

Speaking on World Toilet Day, November 19th, Cheryl said, “We need innovation at all levels if we are to achieve SDG 6.2 - universal access to sanitation - by 2030. Multinational businesses are experts at delivering complex systems with speed and scale. Promising sanitation business models need access to capital and the skills to grow, and development experts understand the most urgent priorities for sanitation delivery in underserved markets. The TBC is a business-led public private partnership that brings all of these pieces together. In 2016 we are amplifying our investment and support to innovative sanitation business models that have the potential to improve hundreds of millions of lives. We call it the Toilet Accelerator.”

To mark World Toilet Day, the TBC is launching its latest report, Creating Alliances to Accelerate Commercially Viable Sanitation, presenting the lessons learned from our partnership and initiative building process through our organisation’s first year. The insights presented in this report will be invaluable to groups co-creating market-based solutions to development challenges or building robust multi-sector partnerships. (The full report and executive summary are available on toiletboard.org/resources). The report discusses the lessons learned to-date from the TBC’s support to promising sanitation business models in emerging and frontier markets:
- Clean Team, a product & service business model, delivering toilets and waste collection in Kumasi, Ghana.
- Bundling a portable toilet service business with the Laguna Water utility company in the Philippines.
- Svadha, a professional services business for entrepreneurs specific to the sanitation supply chain development in rural India. 
- The development of a business for toilet shelter mass production to serve the aspirational needs of rural households in Bangladesh. 

Jean-Laurent Ingles, Chairman of the TBC and Chairman of Unilever Vietnam, said, “Business must play a greater role in accelerating solutions to the sanitation crisis. Whether it’s through developing innovative technologies or creating new business models, a fresh approach is needed to reach the 2.4 billion people who don’t have access to a safe toilet. The potential, both in terms of commercial and social impact, is colossal. This is a huge market opportunity and working out how to capitalise on it can create sustainable, business-led solutions, which will make incomparable gains in public health. Failing to do so means, sadly, that nothing meaningful will change.”

“Today is about taking action for the 2.4 billion people without access to proper sanitation,” said Berry Magarinos-Ruchat, VP Sustainability Partnerships, Firmenich and TBC Steering Committee member. “At Firmenich, we apply our research, olfactive expertise and innovative business solutions to reinvent the toilet experience for all. As a founding member of the TBC, we are co-innovating with fellow public and private sector members to support SMEs with a new generation of business models that respond to today’s sanitation crisis.”

The TBC is looking to partner with innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses and development organisations operating in the sanitation space. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact secretariat@toiletboard.org.

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