New business-led coalition for market-based sanitation for the poor

Toilet Board Coalition logoOn World Toilet Day, Unilever announced the launch of The Toilet Board Coalition. The aim of the new coalition is to tackle  open defecation using market-driven solutions.

The Toilet Board Coalition brings together some of the most forward-thinking organisations in the sanitation space: Firmenich, Kimberly-Clark, LIXIL Corporation and Unilever represent the business sector; Dr Val Curtis of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Barbara Evans of the University of Leeds bring academic rigour to the table; and a number of development sector and governmental bodies bring their one-of-a-kind resources and specialist knowledge: Agence Française De Développement; the Asian Development Bank; the UK’s Department for International Development; Stone Family Foundation; WaterAid; Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP); Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC); the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Programme; the World Toilet Organization; Water and Sanitation for Africa; and UNICEF.

Toilet Board Coalition publications

Toilet Board Coalition publications

Unilever had already initiated The Toilet Board Coalition in 2012. Over the past 6 months, the coalition has started five key initiatives:

  • Supporting the Clean Team urban mobile toilet initaitive started in Ghana by WSUP and Unilever, now with funding from DFID and the Stone Family Foundation
  • Evaluating the potential international roll-out of the Clean Team model with Manila Water Company subsidiary Laguna Water
  • Designing and testing commercially sustainable solutions for villages in India, Bangladesh and Cambodia
  • Leading an Open Innovation team formed by the LIXIL Corporation, Firmenich, Kimberly-Clark and Unilever
  • Exploring innovative ways of integrating waste treatment; decentralised or large scale – into sustainable value chains
Jean-Laurent Ingles

Jean-Laurent Ingles

The Toilet Board Coalition consists of a Steering Committee, chaired by Jean-Laurent Ingles, Senior VP of Unilever’s Household Care Category, and a  Partnership Council, which acts as an expert advisory group.


  • Toilet Board Coalition develops initiatives to fight the sanitation crisis, Unilever, 19 Nov 2014
  • World Toilet Day: business steps in to tackle open defecation with affordable toilets, Guardian, 19 Nov 2014


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