Our story

Nearly half of humanity is denied the dignity and safety of proper sanitation. We need to accelerate our rate of progress by 5 times to reach safely-managed sanitation for all by 2030 – SDG 6. Unless sanitation coverage is addressed, health, energy and food security goals are all unattainable.

Our analysis shows that roughly 1 billion of these individuals are reachable through a customer-centric, market-based approach to sanitation – what we call the Sanitation Economy. Which is why by 2030, we’re growing our Accelerator to 1,000 businesses. Ensuring that an additional 1 billion people are reached. 

How we were founded

At the Toilet Board Coalition, our leading Members, Unilever, Kimberly-Clark and LIXIL united around the belief that the fastest way to solve this humanitarian crisis is to turn it into an economic opportunity. Therefore, in 2015, they came together to found a unique business-led coalition with a single purpose: to accelerate business solutions to the sanitation crisis.


We run the world’s leading Accelerator for Sanitation Economy businesses serving low-income customers across Asia, Africa and Latin America. We match global business leaders and investors with innovative sanitation solutions, facilitating vital partnerships, opening up new markets, and fueling sustainable SDG 6 impact at the community level.

What makes us different

WE ARE BUSINESS-LED The Coalition advocates for private sector engagement and market-based approaches at every level. We believe the Sanitation Economy can contribute to the bottom line while improving lives and protecting our planet.

WE ARE IMPACT DRIVEN This isn’t a talkshop, think-tank or pledge campaign. Our work originates from and comes back to outcomes on the ground – customers served, pollution avoided and revenue generated.

WE ARE OPEN We work with all sizes, geographies and sectors of business.

WE ADVANCE TOGETHER Our Accelerator closely works with Members and partners to ensure learnings and opportunities are rapidly shared across the Coalition

our members

The Toilet Board Coalition is a business-led membership organisation which welcomes members from the private sector, investment and donor community and development sector.

Steering Committee

The Toilet Board Coalition is governed by a Steering Committee of sector leaders who guide the strategy and development of the organisation.
Leader, SATO, a part of LIXIL, Toilet Board Coalition Chair
Global Brand Lead for Domestos, Unilever, Toilet Board Coalition Vice-Chair
Senior Global Sustainability Manager – Health and Wellbeing
Chief Public Affairs Officer, LIXIL
Global Vice President – Home & Hygiene at Unilever
Managing Director, Aqua for All
Global Head of External Communications and Impact at Kimberly-Clark

Partnership Council

Global Associate Members, leading NGOs and Academic Institutions make up the Partnership Council which advises and inputs into Toilet Board Coalition activities through Annual Member Meetings.

Cohort Council

Accelerator Alumni are invited into the Cohort Council to continue engaging in the work of the Coalition.

Investor Council

Select investors, interested in collaborating on innovative financing mechanisms for the sector are invited to join the Investment Council. Investors within the Council are confidential.

Global Partners

Global Partners collaborate with the Toilet Board Coalition through events and communications to accelerate progress on SDG 6.

Previous Leaders

With thanks to previous leaders who have steered the direction of the Toilet Board Coalition.
Vice President, Foundation at Kimberly-Clark, Toilet Board Coalition Chair 2022-2023
Global Brand Director at Unilever, Toilet Board Coalition Chair 2021-2022
Leader, SATO, a part of LIXIL, Toilet Board Coalition Chair 2019-2021
Inaugural CEO & Executive Director 2015-2020
Global Vice President, Household Cleaning Brands at Unilever, 2017-2019 TBC Chairman
Former Vice President & Managing Director Western Europe at Kimberly-Clark, 2016-2017 TBC Chairman
Global EVP at Unilever, 2015-2016 Chairman of the Toilet Board Coalition
Founding Chairman 2015, EVP Portfolio Transformation at Unilever


The Members are represented through four bodies – the Steering Committee, Partnership Council, Cohort Council and Investment Council. 

Members come together through quarterly Roundtables (Latin America, Africa or Asia), to advise and catalyse regional growth. Members are able to bring experts from across their organisation to input into work, learn from and engage with other members. This enables new and existing members to engage in an agile and focused manner in the work of the Coalition. 

Regional Associate Members have a choice to join a Regional Roundtable or to join as Global Associate Members to have access to multiple Roundtables.


Lead your sector , shape the investments and priorities of the organization. Non-competitive Corporate Entities , Donors , Investors(1-2), Independent Directors
Sector leading corporate entities and donors engage in the Steering Committee and drive the strategy and agenda of the organisation. 

Cohort council

Grow Accelerator impact Accelerator Alumni interested in ongoing engagement
Accelerator Programme Alumni are invited into the Cohort Council to continue engaging in the work of the Coalition.
Learn more

Partnership council

Bring sector expertise NGOs, Academic Institutions, Network Partners , Global Members
Corporate Associate Members, leading NGOs and Academic Institutions make up the Partnership Council which advises and engages in Coalition activities.
Learn more

Investment council

Bring investment lens and evaluation DFIs , Donors , Investors
Select investors, interested in collaborating on innovative financing mechanisms for the sector are invited to join the Investment Council.
Learn more

Our Team

Meet our lean and mighty operational team – globally representing – from 7 different countries, stretching across 3 different continents. The Toilet Board Coalition is governed by a Steering Committee of sector leaders who guide the strategy and development of the organisation.

Accelerator Manager LATAM​ – hosted by Water For People
We’re scaling our Accelerator to 1,000 thriving businesses by 2030. 

Accelerate business solutions to the sanitation crisis with us

The Toilet Board Coalition and its work is made possible by the generous support of its Membership. ​
The contents are the responsibility of the Toilet Board Coalition and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Members and partners.​

   With thanks to our leaders:

Subscribe to our newsletter