Published in: 2017
Jacob, N., von Falkenhausen, A., Bauer, M.
Under the umbrella of the SuSanA Indian Chapter, the India Sanitation Coalition in partnership with SuSanA, held a four-week thematic discussion on exploring opportunities and challenges of corporate engagement in sanitation. This synthesis is a summary of all topics discussed in the forum about corporate engagement.
The discussion not only focussed on corporate engage-ment via Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), but also took different forms of engagement like Microfinancing opportunities and starting a business in sanitation into consideration. Since the Companies Act of Section 135 from 2013 was amended to make it compulsory for them to spend 2% of their net profits on corporate social responsibility, sanitation has been one of the areas of attention.
Some of the barriers to corporate participation that were found include
• Lack of usable knowledge on best practices and scalable models across the WASH value chain
• Perception that it is difficult to find implementation partners, especially those with experience of behaviour change or community mobilization.
• Difficulties in quantifying and measuring impact, especially in terms of changing habits and attitudes
• Lack of clarity on what constitutes CSR as per Section 135, especially for companies whose products are aligned to WASH
• Difficulties in accessing government networks
Please download the document to see the the full synthesis report.
Jacob, N., von Falkenhausen, A., Bauer, M. (2017). Corporate Engagement in Sanitation - Synthesis Document - SuSanA Indian Chapter online discussion. SuSanA
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