9a. Guarantee the right to potable water, clean air, food security, uncontaminated soil, shelter, and safe sanitation, allocating the national and international resources required.

Photo: James Inglesby

What amazed me when I first started doing the work was that most people would have a mobile phone but not a safe, dignified clean place to go to the toilet. People are faced with a whole range of health and social problems such as contaminated water, undignified queuing and significant financial burden.

I love the challenge of being part of an innovative team developing a completely new business model. I have found working on the Uniloo project truly rewarding - its opened my eyes to how we can help people change their lives.

James Inglesby, Project Leader , Unilever New Business Unit

…it has made a lot of difference. I don’t have to go and queue again. I’m free.

Resident, Kumasi

Most people would have a mobile phone but not a safe, dignified clean place to go to the toilet

Globally, more than 1 billion people live in poor urban communities. Of them, more than 400 million lack adequate sanitation. In Ghana unhygienic communal public toilets are the norm in cities, often costing a family of five more than $250 a year to use.

Unilever, in partnership with Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) are partnering a novel solution in Kumasi - a self-contained plastic toilet when they sign up to a regular paid-for emptying and cleaning service provided by a local franchisee. Trials in 2011 with paying customers and on-the-ground training in hygiene, customer service and operations for staff, are leading to a scale up to 1,000 customers in 2012.

Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) is a tri-sector partnership between the private sector, civil society and academia. It aims to address the increasing global problem of inadequate access to water and sanitation for the urban poor and contribute towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals.

9. Eradicate poverty as an ethical, social, and environmental imperative.