WASH - access to water, sanitation and hygiene

Current gaps in access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) pose an immense burden to business, society and economies. Sustainable Development Goals 6.1 and 6.2 aim to achieve universal access to WASH by 2030. By committing to the WASH at the workplace Pledge, business can contribute to the achievement of this goal while reaping the benefits of a healthier, more productive workforce. Once own operations are addressed, companies should look to improve WASH access through their supply chains and communities. 

The challenge

One-third of the world’s population do not have a safe toilet; more than 660 million people do not have access to clean drinking water; and one in every eight people currently defecates in the open. The equivalent of US$4 billion annually are lost in working days, and workers and communities cannot prosper without access to WASH. 

The business case

Every dollar invested in WASH has a return of US$5. By ensuring WASH access for their employees, supply chains and the communities in which they operate, companies invest in a healthier, more productive workforce and prospering markets. 

The solution

This project helps companies address WASH in their different spheres of influence: 

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Impact on SDGs

This project directly contributes to Sustainable Development Goals 6 (ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all) and is connected to SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being) and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth).  


Deepa Maggo

Manager, Water

Swapna Patil

Associate, Water