Pledge for Access to Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH Pledge)

As international organizations, governments and public health authorities take action to contain the pandemic, all sections of society – including businesses and employees will play a crucial role in combating COVID-19. One of the most low-cost but effective methods against the transmission of the virus is to encourage proper hygiene and regular and thorough hand washing by employees, contractors and customers.

The WBCSD Pledge for Access to Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is an opportunity for business to implement international best practices on WASH at the workplace. We encourage businesses to commit to the Pledge to ensure appropriate access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for their employees, thus making a direct contribution to addressing one of the most pressing public health challenges of our times.  

By signing the WASH Pledge, companies commit to implementing access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene at the workplace at an appropriate level of standard for all employees in all premises, under their control within three years of signature. Under the Pledge, companies are also encouraged to address WASH across their value chain, including among their suppliers, as well as in the communities that surround their workplaces and/or where their workers live.

Content type
  • Good practice
  • Guidance & Reports
  • Practical tools and apps
Geographical Scope
  • Global
Producer Type
  • Business
  • IGO (UN, OECD, etc.)
Operational areas
  • Manufacturing and construction site
  • Offices
  • Contract / temporary / gig workers
  • Transport
  • Agriculture, aquaculture & forestry
  • Oil and Gas
  • Basic Materials
  • Industrials
  • Consumer Goods
  • Healthcare
  • Telecommunications
  • Consumer Services
  • Financials
  • Utilities
  • Technology

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