The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is calling for businesses to sign the Pledge for Access to Safe WAter, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at the Workplace1, which aims to ensure appropriate access to safe WASH for all employees in all premises under direct company control. This case study relates implementation experience by Électricité de France (EDF), as one of the first signatories of the Pledge.
Implementation is on the way via the inclusion of the Pledge within two existing EDF processes: (1) The Commission for Hygiene, Security and Working Conditions of employees – an institution in charge of employee health, safety and working conditions; and (2) EDF’s Corporate Social Responsibility Agreement.
This case study provides implementation details by focusing on the Nam Theun II dam in Laos, a leading practice example when it comes to EDF’s construction sites. Besides giving a concrete overview of what implementing the Pledge means in practice – showing that implementation can be efficient albeit very simple – such a successful story demonstrates the “applicability” of the Pledge to mobile remote worksites in which the Pledge implementation is less straightforward than in factories or offices.