Strengthening the Business Case for WASH – Breakfast Session Summary (2019)

The summary of this session held at Stockholm World Water Week 2019 highlights progress made by companies pilot-testing guidance from Strengthening the Business Case for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and offers insight on next steps.

Primary Functions

  • Learn about challenges and opportunities made by companies pilot-testing the Strengthening the Business Case for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene guide.
  • Understand why companies are interested in supporting the business case for WASH.

Detailed Description


Breakfast session: Objectives

  • Highlight the progress (challenges and opportunities) made by companies in pilot-testing the guide and encourage discussions around the types of measurable impacts in different sectors, contexts and geographies.
  • Initiate the dynamic of a Community of Practice that will foster knowledge exchange across projects and partners

Context: Our Journey So Far

Context: Our Journey So Far

  • Inspire other companies to take action and use the guide to develop WASH projects in the workplace, their supply chains and the communities linked to their operations
  • 1 in 5 people are employed in supply chains globally and 80% of global trade passes through global supply chains each year
  • Ensuring the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in the workplace, in supply chains and in the communities where businesses operate is key to achieve SDG 6
  • However there is a lack of evidence supporting the business case for investing in WASH
  • If we can identify the financial return of WASH interventions, we can provide a clear rationale for businesses to invest

Breakfast Session: Structure of the Event

This session consisted of 3 parts:

  1. The Business Case for WASH and your sustainability strategy
    1. In this section we asked company representatives why they were interested in the Business Case for WASH project proposed by WaterAid.

  2. Strengthening the Business Case for WASH: Insights from pilot projects
    1. In this section, companies shared their experience in implementing the guide and the early insights from the projects. WaterAid also shared their views on the main progress and lessons learned in implementing the guide.

  3. Questions and comments
    1. During the Q&A, the audience was interested in learning more about the impact of WASH interventions on the business’ reputation and brand.




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Topics & SDGs

WWF Mitigation