- Provide a menu of indicators that can be incorporated into surveys, key informant interviews and focus group discussion (FGD) for various respondents (e.g. managers, workers, community members).
As part of the WASH4Work initiative, this draft guide has been developed to provide a framework to assess and monitor water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in workplace and community settings. It builds on an initial assessment tool created under UNICEF’s Better Business for Children (BB4C) initiative. This initiative targets ten thematic areas in which children are impacted indirectly or directly by conditions in the workplace and community, including WASH.
This resource is meant to provide a more comprehensive set of indicators and guidance for UNICEF staff, businesses and partner organizations to assess and monitor WASH conditions in the workplace and communities where workers live. It provides Outcome Focus Areas and associated Indicator Areas across four dimensions (Commitment, Awareness, Access, Environmental Impact). It also links these indicators to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to illustrate the role businesses can play in the attainment of the SDGs by improving WASH in the workplace and community. The guide works to align with other existing relevant WASH indicators, such as WASH in Schools (WinS) and WASH in Health Care Facilities (HCF) indicators, and other identified WASH4Work resources.
The document includes indicators that focus on WASH conditions in the workplace and workers’ households and/or surrounding communities.3 This recognizes that WASH conditions in workers’ homes, and in the communities in which businesses are located, are inextricably linked to the health and safety of workers, their families and communities.
This guide provides a menu of indicators that can be incorporated into surveys, key informant interviews and focus group discussion (FGD) for various respondents (e.g. managers, workers, community members). Unless otherwise indicated, all questions have been developed for application to different workplace settings – e.g. manufacturing, agriculture, large and small sites, etc. The document includes a broad range of indicators for workplace settings, with core indicators indicated in Green. The Green indicators are recommended to be used as core indicators to provide a basic overview of all WASH conditions. The remaining indicators are identified as supplementary, or optional indicators, for businesses and partners that desire to go deeper in understanding of WASH conditions in their workplaces and surrounding communities.