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Toilet Board Coalition
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.

Implementation methodologies

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
Updates to initiatives
Goal 3
3.2 - By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births
3.3 - By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases
3.9 - By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination
Goal 6
6.1 - By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
6.2 - By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
6.3 - By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
6.4 - By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity
6.6 - By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes
6.a - By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies
6.b - Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
Goal 9
9.1 - Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all
9.3 - Increase the access of small-scale industrial and other enterprises, in particular in developing countries, to financial services, including affordable credit, and their integration into value chains and markets
9.a - Facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries through enhanced financial, technological and technical support to African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States
9.b - Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries, including by ensuring a conducive policy environment for, inter alia, industrial diversification and value addition to commodities
Goal 11
11.1 - By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
11.3 - By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries
11.6 - By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
11.7 - By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities
11.a - Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, per-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
11.c - Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials
Goal 17
17.3 - Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources
17.5 - Adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for least developed countries
17.6 - Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism
17.7 - Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed
17.8 - Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology
17.9 - Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation
17.16 - Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
17.17 - Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

Data, monitoring and accountability
17.19 - By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries
December 2016
The existence of a pre-investment capacity building program to enable the engagement of leading multinational businesses, global sanitation experts and social investors to mentor promising business models for a 6-12 month period with the aim that they will graduate to private investment or partnership to achieve commercial viability and scale.
December 2017
The creation of a platform of knowledge about how to develop, pilot, refine and scale business models to deliver robust sanitation systems to the BoP. We intend to measure and report on the progress achieved and continuous learning acquired on our journey. The creation of a peer group of sanitation entrepreneurs to foster ongoing peer learning and cross fertilization between businesses that have gone through the TBC Toilet Accelerator (TBC Toilet Entrepreneur Country)
December 2017
The facilitation of a systems level approach to co-create the necessary ecosystem to support sanitation businesses to scale - together with leaders from business, governments, investment and civil society. The management of a global pipeline and ongoing process to identify and support the acceleration of innovative market-based sanitation solutions at each point in the sanitation value chain.
December 2030
Profitable Business Models delivering sanitation to all
Staff / Technical expertise
The Toilet Board Coalition Member contribute staff and technical expertise through the TBC Toilet Accelerator mentorship program to sanitation businesses in developing regions.
In-kind contribution
The Toilet Board Coalition Members dedicate significant in kind contributions through their engagement, counsel and mentorship throughout the Toilet Accelerator and TBC Annual Program.

This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2014 - N/A
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
Contact information
Cheryl Hicks, Executive Director,
United Nations