World Toilet Organisation, founder

Jack Sim

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Jack developed a keen interest and concern for toilets because he felt that there was much that could be done to improve the standard of sanitation in Asia. This led him to establish the Restroom Association of Singapore in 1998, and the World Toilet Organisation in 2001.

Jack Sim

Biography

Jack Sim developed a keen interest and concern for toilets because he felt that the subject was neglected, the issue was a problem and there was much that could be done to improve the standards in Asia. This led him to establish the Restroom Association of Singapore in 1998.

Sim, or "the Toiletman," as he is often called, then embarked on a one-man crusade to raise the standards of public toilets in Singapore and around the world. Since the inception of the association, Sim has worked to put Singapore on the world map for public toilet cleanliness.

As Sim began his work, he realised that there were other existing toilet associations doing good work in other countries, but there were no channels that existed to facilitate information sharing and resource mobilisation. There was a lack of synergy. Hence, with a dream to have a world body to unite various toilet associations, Sim founded the World Toilet Organisation (WTO) in 2001.

Mission: Improve toilets and sanitation globally.

A non-profit organisation, WTO now has 235 member organisations from 58 countries, and was recently appointed to the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Water Security. Its vision is to provide health and dignity to all through good toilets and sustainable sanitation.

In 2005, Sim founded the World Toilet College. For his efforts in sanitation, Sim was awarded the World Environment Award in 2004 and the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2006. He is also the subject of a National Geographic Channel documentary titled “Gotta Go”.

Website: worldtoilet.org