Unilever and WaterAid are working together to improve access to safe water, hygiene and toilets in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Between 2011 and 2014, WaterAid was supported by Unilever's Project Laser Beam, which aimed to bring safe drinking water to 500 million people by 2020, a key objective of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan.

Project Laser Beam worked with a number of partners to address issues including food security, water, sanitation, hygiene and general health in Bangladesh – a country where annual monsoon floods often contaminate water sources and 23.5 million people do not have access to safe, clean water.

With Unilever’s support, WaterAid helped over 77,000 people gain access to safe drinking water, reached over 100,000 people with improved sanitation and supported an estimated 404,000 people to practice better hygiene.

Read the final conclusions of Project Laser Beam (PDF, 3453 KB) >

Collaboration with others

Unilever and WaterAid are now working alongside Plan, an international development organisation, on an exciting four year results-based contract with DFID, to help more than half a million people in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Plan and WaterAid are working together to provide safe water, help communities build their own latrines and improve handwashing practices.

Unilever are bringing their experience of working in schools – through their innovative Unilever School of 5  programme – to improve children’s hygiene practices in a fun and engaging way.


Unilever and WaterAid have partnered to strengthen our voice at the highest levels, including the UN in New York, to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include a dedicated goal on water and sanitation.

We have also worked together for World Toilet Day 2014, promoting the European Toilet Declaration – a joint call to action from business, NGOs and Members of the European Parliament for the EU to back a water and sanitation SDG.

We can't waitRead We can't wait – the joint report by WaterAid and Unilever on why the EU must take action on sanitation (PDF, 1.24 MB) >