In an effort to improve the health and productivity of their employees worldwide, several large multinational companies have signed the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) “Pledge for Access to Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at the Workplace.”
WBCSD’s pledge calls on companies to provide access to WASH for employees across the globe within three years and already counts a number of big names in business as participants. Companies such as Nestle, Grief, Borealis AG, EDF, Deloitte LLP, Roche Group, Unilever, and the Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) are among the current signatories and the WBCSD is calling on more business leaders to sign on.
The pledge recognizes that billions of people live without access to safe drinking water or adequate sanitation and reflects a commitment to WBCSD’s Vision 2050, which envisions nine billion people living well within the limits of the planet.
The pledge’s initial focus is to provide access to WASH for those directly employed by participating companies. In the long term, the intention is to promote access for all workers along the value chain and, ultimately, improve WASH access in the communities in which they live.
The WBCSD’s Water Working Group, the pledge’s originator, has an international membership of approximately 60 companies and 18 regional network partners. More details about the pledge — and the business incentives associated with improved access to WASH — can be found here. Read the full pledge and guiding principles.