The global corporate sector has consistently and generously supported sustainable development work throughout the developing world. This has taken place via many channels, including strategic philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, cause-related marketing, and employee motivation campaigns.
Corporations have a tremendous and timely opportunity to increase their support for safe, affordable drinking water, hygiene, and sanitation. The water challenge is pervasive, so implementing organizations also have the uncommon opportunity to be very flexible in responding to corporate sponsors’ needs.
Many corporations are active in the area already. The guidelines below represent a typical successful approach to the issue:
- Learn more about the global water, sanitation, and hygiene problem and the opportunities to have a positive impact.
- Define the business rationale for your company becoming active and supportive of this issue.
- Research case studies about how other companies have engaged. See a list of case studies below.
- Decide to engage. Identify specific countries/regions of interest and specific project opportunities in those areas.
- Identify implementing partners working with on-the-ground projects who are able to scale up their operations in your chosen country(ies).
- Agree on operational plan and begin work with a pilot project.
- Monitor, evaluate, and scale up as appropriate.
WASH Advocates is a resource for your company when you decide to learn more and actively support this issue. We will also work with you to identify implementation partners. Throughout this process, WASH Advocates will be very responsive to the sponsor’s needs and identify projects and partners which address those needs as closely as possible.
Examples of what large corporations are currently supporting in the sector include:
For additional information:
For more information about how your corporation can learn more and engage in this growing sector, please contact Ben Mann at (571) 225-5823 or bmann@WASHadvocates.org