Description/achievement of initiative
The Toilet Board Coalition is a business led coalition that shares a joint-vision and is committed to providing the necessary leadership, mentorship and investment needed to accelerate the pace of change to achieve universal access to aspirational toilet experiences. We work at the systems level to co-create the necessary ecosystem to support sanitation businesses to scale. And, we work directly with promising businesses in emerging and frontier markets that have the potential to deliver sustainable and resilient sanitation at scale.
The Toilet Board Coalition (TBC) was created by leading businesses, Unilever, Kimberly-Clark, Firmenich and Lixil to bring a business view, approach and new solutions to the global sanitation crisis and aims to bring speed and scale to promising business models that will help us to achieve universal access to sanitation before 2030. Our goal is to catalyse a robust business sector delivering sanitation to low-income markets, profitably and at scale, changing lives.In January 2016 we have launched a corporate accelerator program to facilitate private sector engagement and mentorship to sanitation businesses and entrepreneurs serving low-income markets. The Toilet Accelerator works with promising sanitation business models that have the potential to overcome current barriers to access, use and adherence at scale. More than toilets alone, we are supporting commercially viable businesses at every point in the sanitation value chain.We focus on commercial viability, de-risking and scale. We take a human centred design approach: test all ideas; don’t be afraid to fail; build on learnings to get to a viable solution. We insist on commercial rigour, leveraging deep understanding of consumer insights, social & environmental issues, and commercial investment analysis.At the TBC we also work at the systems level to co-create the necessary ecosystem to support sanitation businesses to scale – this is where our Feasibility Cohort Program comes in. In 2016 we are focusing on new and exciting themes for the sector as part of 3 'Feasibility cohorts' to explore how the TBC might support and grow businesses in the sanitation value chain where we see profound potential for transformative growth.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
The Toilet Board Coalition works with sanitation businesses in three ways: accelerating; Identifying promising sanitation business models with prospect for scale – and matching expert mentors from across the TBC membership to address critical business issues to ensure access to capital and partnerships for scale, co-innovating new solutions where critical components of the system do not exist, i.e. leveraging the innovation & R&D departments of our sophisticated TBC member companies to solve business and technology issues, and bundling; identifying opportunities to bundle sanitation to other solutions also targeting the same users, i.e. affordable housing, water, energy, and mobile for development.Our calendar year culminates in the Toilet Businesses & Innovators Summit, the first sanitation forum focused on the Business of Sanitation for all. A platform in which to curate, strengthen and grow the global pipeline of inclusive sanitation businesses, the Summit takes what we do in our Accelerator Cohort to a greater level - affording an opportunity for the business ecosystem of sanitation to come together, learn and collaborate. The place to be to see the the latest and greatest innovations in toilets and sanitation systems for the poor; business models that are working around the world; to connect solutions and to meet corporate investors with an interest in taking sanitation to scale through the market.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The TBC has registered as a Swiss Non-Profit Association on 3 December 2015.The Toilet Board Coalition consists of:• Directors: as legal representatives of the association internally and externally• Steering Committee (SC): core decision-making and governance, functioning as a board of directors that set the strategy of the work program of the Secretariat and governs its operations (TBC Accelerator), decision-making power on the selection of initiatives that the TBC Accelerator works with to de-risk for scalability and investment, potential investors in the initiatives post-Accelerator• The Partnership Council (PC): expert advisory group, contribute to the building of the pipeline of initiatives with recommendations and screening• Secretariat: management, research, communications, advocacy and administrativefunctions, execute the strategy and work program of the TBC as agreed by the SC, run the TBC Accelerator by facilitating the engagement of the Coalition & partners, identify and manage the pipeline of global sanitation businesses, engage with the global sanitation community and key stakeholdersWe have created a platform for global business leaders to join the global sanitation community in a public-private partnership with the aim to accelerate the delivery of universal access to sanitation. We are catalysing a robust business sector to help to deliver sanitation profitably with speed, at scale, and accessible to all. We are investing in business and technical capacity building for promising business models along the complete sanitation value chain, in emerging and frontier markets - providing access to capital, and hands on corporate mentorship. We are bringing global marketing power to raise awareness of the crisis and to present business solutions that meet the needs of people today and satisfy our aspirations
for the future.
Agence Francaise de Development, Asian Development Bank, Brac, Department for International Development, Firmenich, Grand Challenges Canada, Kimberly-Clark, LIXIL/American Standard, London School of Hygiene, The Stone Family Foundation, Unicef, Unilever, USAID, WaterAid, Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council, World Bank Group, WSUP