A year on from the launch of the Business Case for WASH, which is practical guidance for companies to invest in water, sanitation and hygiene, WaterAid’s Ruth Romer reflects on the insights gained so far in identifying the financial return on investment for WASH.

 HSBC has been integral in supporting the business case for WASH over the past year, through projects in apparel supply chains in Bangladesh and India. Through these projects, WaterAid with support from HSBC, works to improve water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in ready-made garment factories Through these projects, HSBC goes beyond ‘business as usual’ by working alongside WaterAid to improve water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in ready-made garment factories in Bangladesh, as well as for artisanal garment workers and leather tanneries in India. 

 Within these projects, data continues to be collected to test the business case and to determine the return on investment, in order to strengthen the business case for WASH and drive action on a wider scale.

 The guideStrengthening the business case for water, sanitation and hygiene – how to measure value for your business, was launched at World Water Week last year and continues to be piloted with support from HSBC. 

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