LIXIL, maker of pioneering water and housing products, today announced the establishment of LIXIL Public Partners (LPP), the company’s first dedicated public sector engagement platform. LPP will explore synergies and expanded collaboration with the public sector for the delivery of innovative household solutions in water, sanitation, and hygiene. These efforts will build on existing initiatives such as LIXIL’s SATO brand of safe, affordable sanitation and hygiene solutions, and work to tackle America’s sanitation challenges.
Erin McCusker, Leader of SATO, has been appointed as Senior Vice President, with concurrent responsibilities to lead the newly founded LPP unit. McCusker will be responsible for developing business strategies and operating models designed to serve the mutual interests of global partners and LIXIL by introducing innovative products and solutions for improved access to water, sanitation, and hygiene globally.
Among governments and geographies across the world, there has been an enhanced focus on social and environmental challenges, including a mandate to provide solutions and resources for issues in water, sanitation, and hygiene. Recognizing the importance and immense opportunity of jointly tackling these challenges, LPP will leverage and maximize the synergies of LIXIL’s technologies and team of experts to provide innovative solutions. In line with LIXIL’s Global Sanitation and Hygiene Corporate Responsibility commitment to improve access to sanitation and hygiene for 100 million users by 2025, LIXIL will strengthen business-to-government channels and operational models for public, private, and community stakeholders.
”With our global presence, expertise in delivering consumer-centric solutions, and experience in developing long-lasting partnerships with development agencies and others, we are uniquely positioned to be the preferred partner to the public sector in household water, sanitation, and hygiene,” said McCusker. “Globally, acceleration is needed to achieve targets set by SDG 6, and commitments such as the White House Action Plan on Global Water Security towards sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. These goals will only be reached by doing things differently, and driving toward more effective collaboration between the public and private sector.”
McCusker joined LIXIL in 2018, bringing her extensive strategy and public-private partnership expertise. She will concurrently continue her role leading SATO, a social business, sanitation, and hygiene solution provider for underserved communities that has improved access to toilets and hand washing for an estimated 35 million users in over 44 countries.¹ Under McCusker’s leadership, SATO has shipped over 1 million units for three consecutive years. Most recently, she led strategic engagement with USAID, resulting in LIXIL being awarded approximately $10 million to establish the new Partnership for Better Living.
¹Source: Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene 2000-2020: Five years into the SDGs. Geneva: World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 2021 (https://washdata.org/)
LIXIL (TSE Code: 5938) makes pioneering water and housing products that solve everyday, real-life challenges, making better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere. Drawing on our Japanese heritage, we create world-leading technology, and innovate to make high quality products that transform homes. But the LIXIL difference is how we do this; through meaningful design, an entrepreneurial spirit, a dedication to improving accessibility for all, and responsible business growth. Our approach comes to life through industry-leading brands, including INAX, GROHE, American Standard, and TOSTEM. Approximately 55,000 colleagues operating in more than 150 countries are proud to make products that touch the lives of more than a billion people every day.