LIXIL, maker of pioneering water and housing products, and UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organization, have announced the expansion of the Make a Splash! partnership. The expansion will reach children and families living in India, Indonesia, and Nigeria—three of the most populous countries—with access to safe, clean toilets and hygiene solutions.
Launched in 2018, the Make a Splash! partnership combines the two organizations’ complementary strengths to support progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 6, achieving access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation by 2030. The scale-up of the partnership builds its success of improving sanitation and hygiene over the past three years, reaching 2.9 million people in communities in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania.
The Make a Splash! partnership aims to build viable sanitation and hygiene markets serving millions of people—by expanding the availability, affordability, and quality of goods and services. In addition to the three new focus countries, the scope of activities of the partnership will also expand, focusing on:
- Reaching people with better sanitation and hygiene options, through UNICEF’s sanitation and hygiene demand generation activities, LIXIL’s design and supply of solutions based on user needs and preferences, and joint capacity building activities
- Leveraging financing for sanitation and hygiene actors, to support developing markets, including local suppliers and consumers
- Supporting policies and regulation, through monitoring and evaluation of national targets and strategies
“Far too many children and their families lack access to safe sanitation and hygiene. To close this gap and protect the health of children all over the world, we have to move faster,” said Carla Haddad Mardini, Director, Private Fundraising and Partnerships, UNICEF. “We need bold and innovative partnerships like Make a Splash! to accelerate this progress, using our shared vision and respective strengths to achieve sustainable solutions. I’m proud that we are building on our success and expanding this partnership to reach more people.”
Stronger Together: GROHE Promotes Partnership Activities with “Energy for Life” Campaign
As part of LIXIL’s brand portfolio, GROHE, a leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings, supported the Make a Splash! partnership with a dedicated campaign across 13 countries in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa this summer. With Energy for Life, the brand contributed 1 euros with every participating GROHE shower system or thermostat purchased. As a result, the sum of 1.2 million euros was collected, which is now being used to help ensure more children have access to clean, safe toilets and hand hygiene. For example, part of the contribution will help provide children in Nigeria and Indonesia with safe sanitation measures in their environment at home and school.
Joining Forces for Underserved Communities: One in Five Lives Without Access to Safe Sanitation
Make a Splash! is UNICEF’s first global shared-value partnership in the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector and the first of its kind with a Japanese company. Together, the partners have promoted safe sanitation and hygiene with communities, while building competitive sanitation markets, through programs that help children and families access affordable and appealing solutions. The joint efforts focus on market-driven programs, advocacy efforts to draw attention to opportunities in the sanitation economy, along with greater sanitation prioritization and investment. On-the-ground activities range from building supply chains, distribution networks, and enabling local entrepreneurs and masons to sell, install, and service the products.
“LIXIL’s purpose is to make better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere. Through this partnership with UNICEF, we have witnessed our products and services support children and families accessing safer sanitation and hygiene,” said Jin Montesano, Director and Chair LIXIL’s Corporate Responsibility Committee. “We are now excited to bring this innovative collaboration to many more people. We welcome partners to join us on the ground to drive our initiatives to make safe toilets and handwashing accessible to all.”