The business case for investing in WASH

Themes: Market development WASH

Sustainable Development Goal 6 seeks universal access to water and sanitation by 2030. The 2017 WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme Report states; “Universal implies all settings, not only to households, but also schools, health care facilities, workplaces and other public spaces”.

The private sector has a critical role to play in contributing to this compelling vision through their ability to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as part of their core business operations. This paper provides working examples on how to make progress in service delivery in and beyond the workplace. Through this process, business can simultaneously also reap the benefits of cost savings, business growth and opportunities for collaboration.

The paper presents three reasons why businesses should invest in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH):

1. Positive impact on the business model and bottom line
2. Wide-ranging economic benefits
3. Direct contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030

The business case was developed as part of the WASH4Work initiative with contributions from: Diageo, Gap, The CEO Water Mandate, UNICEF, Unilever and WaterAid.