Investing in employee WASH = healthy and more productive employees.
This simple business logic inspired WBCSD, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, to launch a “Pledge for Access to Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at the Workplace”.
Big names like Nestlé, Greif, Borealis AG, EDF, Deloitte LLP, Roche Group, Unilever and the Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) have already signed up. These companies pledge to provide access to WASH at the workplace for employees in all locations under their control within three years.
The longer term vision is to “go beyond the fence to advocate for access for all employees along the value chain and ultimately employee homes and communities where employees live”.
More information can be found in two documents:
- WBCSD WASH Pledge and guiding principles for implementation
- WBCSD WASH Self-assessment tool for businesses
The guiding principles document includes two cost-benefit calculation examples for investments in urban WASH (piped water + septic tanks) and rural WASH (wells + pit latrines).
The WBCSD has been active on water issues for over 15 years. Around 60 companies and 18 regional network partners are members of the WBCSD Water Working Group, of which 28 member companies, representing 11 business sectors, constitute the Water Leadership Group.
Within the WBCSD Water Working Group, Borealis AG leads the WASH “pathway” group promoting “business action for access to safe water and sanitation at scale”.
Source: WBCSD, 04 Sep 2013