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‘Toilets Change Lives’ Expands to Meet Global Need
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DALLAS -- Globally, one in three people don't have access to a clean and safe toilet. To change that, Kimberly-Clark has expanded its “Toilets Change Lives” program to more than 15 countries around the world.

This Sunday, on World Toilet Day, Kimberly-Clark, makers of toilet tissue, is encouraging people to pause while they flush and consider how the lack of basic sanitation facilities profoundly affects peoples' lives.           

The program, delivered in partnership with organizations such as UNICEF, WaterAid and Water for People, provides funding and expertise to build, repair and maintain toilet infrastructure, along with hygiene education and behavior change programming.

"As a global personal care company, Kimberly-Clark brings decades of experience and expertise in understanding the interconnected issues associated with hygiene, sanitation and water," said Rishi Dhingra, vice president and global sector leader, Family Care. "What we've learned from undertaking the Toilets Change Lives program is that no single entity can solve this issue alone; rather it takes, and will continue to take, true collaboration. What has helped us to scale-up the Toilets Change Lives program is the involvement of our consumers, retail partners, NGOs and employees. The plan is to continue to grow this program and involve more people and partners, including our suppliers, as we believe everyone deserves the dignity of a clean and safe toilet."

To date, the Toilets Change Lives program, which launched in 2014 in the United Kingdom, has directly improved the lives of 500,000 people with the wider community impact reaching over 1 million.

“We are working towards a goal of improving the lives of 25 million people in need by 2022 through increasing access to sanitation, helping children thrive and empowering women and girls," said Lisa Morden, global head of sustainability for Kimberly-Clark.

Communities in countries like Angola, Bangladesh, India, South Africa, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua have already benefited through The Toilets Change Lives program. Examples of some of the projects include:

In the UK, Spain, Switzerland and The Netherlands, Kimberly-Clark's Andrex, Scottex, Hakle and Page brands are partnering with UNICEF to affect change in Angola. Through its Toilets Change Lives program, Kimberly-Clark is contributing to UNICEF's Water and Sanitation work in Angola.

Donations to date have helped over 240,000 people in Angola gain access to sanitation, through efforts to empower communities to build their own clean, safe toilets. By the end of this year, the goal is to help an additional 45,000 people in Angola.

The Toilets Change Lives program in the UK has recently expanded to involve WaterAid where work is underway to improve public sanitation in two urban centers in Bangladesh. The public toilets being built and renovated will serve over 100,000 people in the first year.

In India, Kimberly-Clark is working with the Charities Aid Foundation to repair and maintain toilets in schools and mobilize children as change agents to bring hygiene education into their families' homes. To date, the program has directly benefited over 30,000 school children and teachers across more than 100 schools, increasing enrollments at some schools by up to 40 percent.

In Latin America, Kimberly-Clark's Scott and Suave brands are partnering with Water For People to bring sanitation services, safe drinking water and/or hygiene education to more than 25,000 people across 32 communities and 21 schools in Bolivia and Peru.  This year, the partnership has expanded into 3 new markets – Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Developing Next Generation Sanitation Solutions
Looking to the future, Kimberly-Clark is bringing its innovation capabilities to help develop commercially sustainable and scalable solutions to the sanitation crisis. As a founding member of the Toilet Board Coalition, Kimberly-Clark supports the organization's "Toilet Accelerator" program.

Through the "Toilet Accelerator" program, Kimberly-Clark employees mentor local entrepreneurs to develop new technology, programs and business models to convert waste from a cost to a valuable resource, with the ultimate aim of creating a self-sustaining sanitation economy.



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