American Standard Brands Embarks on Socially Responsible Project in Developing Countries

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American Standard Brands Embarks on Socially Responsible Project in Developing Countries

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 7:45pm

American Standard Brands has partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop and test a low-cost, prefabricated toilet system as part of a challenge to improve safety and sanitation in developing countries.

40 per cent of the world's population lacks proper sanitation and around 1.2 billion people have to resort to open defecation. As a consequence, an estimated 1.6 million people, mostly children under the age of five, die each year from water and sanitation related diseases.

"A majority of these deaths are preventable through access to proper sanitation, safe drinking water and improved hygiene," said Jay Gould, American Standard Brands president and chief executive officer.

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Antonio Pasolini is a Corporate Social Responsibility writer for Justmeans, Antonio Pasolini is a journalist based in Brazil who writes about alternative energy, green living and sustainability. He also edits Energyrefuge.com, a top web destination for news and comment on renewable energy and Elpis.org, a recycled paper bag/magazine distributed from health food stores in London, formerly his hometown for over a decade. He is also a happy herbivore.