The problem
Billions of people lack access to basic sanitation and handwashing facilities. In 2017, more than 700 million people lacked a basic sanitation service and practiced open defecation. In least-developed countries, only 35-40 percent of people had a basic handwashing facility with soap and water at home. Corporations can contribute to sanitation access in several ways, including by avoiding polluting local water sources; providing sanitation services at all global facilities; creating jobs, especially in low-income regions (economic mobility usually allows greater access to sanitation services); and charitable donations to organizations working to increase sanitation access
How companies are rated
Ethos is using 246,844 unique data points since 2017 to rate companies, stocks and funds on sanitation access, including from these metrics:
Financial performance
r =
Company ratings 1-yr return
Top 10 for sanitation access
Top 50 for sanitation access
S&P 500 Index
Bottom 50 for sanitation access
Bottom 10 for sanitation access
Sanitation access has a slight positive correlation (
) with financial returns, meaning companies that perform better in this impact area tend to perform slightly better financially
Data partners and sources
What this formula is about
clean water
sanitation services
access to sanitation
UN Sustainable Development Goal 6