Delivering a resilient supply chain: WASH self-assessment tools

COVID-19, Health
Workers at a ready-made garment factory wash hands to prevent COVID-19 having learned about importance of handwashing through hygiene behaviour training. Narayanganj, Bangladesh. 2020
Image: WaterAid/Drik/Parvez Ahmad

In collaboration with the Water Resilience Coalition, WaterAid has produced a number of resources to help companies understand how to invest in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in the workplace, and to make progress on WASH resilience in their supply chains and communities.

Access to clean water, decent sanitation and good hygiene is critical to building resilience to the two biggest threats facing humanity today: infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, and climate change.

For companies with supply chains in water-stressed and WASH-vulnerable countries, safeguarding employees and local communities is paramount to operational and financial security. The impact of COVID-19 on the health of workforces has highlighted underlying risks to business continuity, which climate change is further exacerbating through rapidly increasing water stress.

By fast-tracking access to WASH in supply chain operations, the private sector is in a unique position to affect positive social and environmental outcomes while simultaneously securing business resilience. But how does it begin?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WaterAid joined forces with the Water Resilience Coalition in a call for collective action to propel access to clean water to the top of the corporate agenda. These resources were produced in collaboration with the coalition and aim to progress WASH-resilience in the supply chains and communities in which companies operate, by enabling companies to:

  • Implement effective hygiene protocol in emergency response to COVID-19 and beyond
  • Self-assess broader existing WASH risks
  • Understand where WASH investment is required to safeguard people and operations

Use and feedback

These are beta resources, and we are interested in your feedback to continually refine and improve them for practical use.

The Capacity Training Package is designed to be modular, giving you the option to use the sections which are relevant to your organisation and/or integrate them into existing documents. Please contact us for a PowerPoint version and we will provide it within two business days.

For more information or support in using these resources, to provide feedback, or if you’re ready to take action through WASH investment, please contact: [email protected]

The Water Resilience Coalition is an industry-driven, CEO-led initiative of the United Nations Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, which brings together leading global companies in commitment to alleviating water stress by 2050. Find out more about the initiative and how you can get involved here.

Top image: Workers at a ready-made garment factory in Narayanganj, Bangladesh, wash their hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19.