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This week, GSC will explore SDG 6, which calls to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Why Take Action on Goal 6? The Global Challenge
Access to safe water and sanitation and sound management of freshwater ecosystems are essential to human health and to environmental sustainability and economic prosperity.

According to the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, in 2015, 6.6 billion people (over 90 per cent of the world’s population) used improved drinking water sources and 4.9 billion people (over two thirds of the world’s population) used improved sanitation facilities. In both cases, people without access live predominantly in rural areas. Achieving universal access to basic sanitation and ending the unsafe practice of open defecation will require substantial acceleration of progress in rural areas of Central and Southern Asia, Eastern and South-Eastern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Your Business Opportunity:
Water scarcity and pollution create business risk through scarcity and flooding, water quality affected by pollution, reputational risk, and regulatory risk. Current estimates predict a 40% global shortfall in water supply by 2030, and businesses are recognizing that continuing to manage water the same way will place $63 trillion worth of business at risk – or 1.5 times today’s global economy.
Water stewardship helps companies identify and manage water-related business risks and enable more sustainable management of shared freshwater resources. Protecting water resources and ensuring sanitation for all also reduces operational costs, protects the company from water stress; and improves the company’s image in the eyes of consumers, investors, and nearby communities.

Identify Water and Sanitation Challenges in your Supply Chain

World Health Organization – global data on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
View the proportion of the population using improved sanitation facilities, for each country in your supply chain, and other indicators available from the Global Health Observatory.

Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 6

“Lack of safe drinking water and poor sanitation and hygiene cause millions of preventable deaths each year, particularly among children. Improving access to these basic needs is essential to lifting people out of poverty. However, providing quality, affordable products is only part of the solution to improving health through hygiene – people need to change their habits too. Using our understanding of habits and expertise in delivering behaviour change campaigns at scale, we promote enduring change in the everyday behaviours that matter to health.”
To find out more about how Unilver is embracing SDG 6, click here.

Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs and Other Companies

Partnering with NGOs focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) can help leverage the experiences, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.
Toilet Board Coalition
“Founded in 2014, the TBC is a unique business-led partnership with the ambition to address the global sanitation crisis by accelerating the Sanitation Economy. The TBC is enabling private sector engagement; connecting large and small companies; and ensuring close collaboration between private, public and non-profit sectors with the common goal to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6), universal access to sanitation.

The TBC runs the Toilet Accelerator, the world’s 1st accelerator programme dedicated to sanitation entrepreneurs in low-income markets.

The members of the Toilet Board Coalition believe that accelerating the Sanitation Economy will deliver significant impact to business and society.”

 For more on the Toilet Board Coalition, click here.

SDG 6 Highlight: 2017 3S Nominee for Basic Needs

SPOUTS of Water
SPOUTS’ mission is to provide Ugandan communities with increased access to safe drinking water by locally manufacturing and distributing affordable ceramic water filters called the Purifaaya. SPOUTS is the only water filter manufacturer in Uganda and uses local labor and materials for production and distribution, providing jobs and stimulating the local economy. Since the sale of the first Purifaaya in 2015, SPOUTS has provided over 85,000 individuals in 200 different communities across Uganda’s four regions with access to clean drinking water.

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