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Jakarta Post

Making water, sanitation, hygiene everybody’s business

  • Claire Quillet

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 10 2016   /  07:22 am

When it comes to development issues, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are aspects that have not received as much attention as they should in Indonesia. This is an unfortunate fact, considering poor access to clean water and sanitation is one of the biggest causes of death of young children in the country.

I firmly believe WASH is everybody’s business. It means the government, NGO, public and private sector have a role to play in this area.

The private sector can easily implement WASH programs through their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, regardless their core businesses or interest.

Launching CSR initiatives on water, sanitation and hygiene may not be as “popular” as sending kids to school or planting thousands of trees, but WASH issues are highly relevant and strategic to all businesses. For one, the UN have declared access to water a...