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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Supporting communities in Latin America on Water & Sanitation

Wavin B.V. (
Private sector

    This Water Action Agenda is focused on Wavin’s community program in Latin America.

    Orbia's Building & Infrastructure business Wavin is an innovative solutions provider for the global building and infrastructure industry. Creating long-lasting, circular and energy efficient solutions, the business is tackling some of the world’s toughest challenges relevant to ensuring safe and efficient water supplies, sanitation and hygiene, climate-resilient cities and better building performance.

    Our community program provides an additional pathway to amplify the reach of our solutions and make communities stronger in the face of the world’s most pressing challenges such as water & sanitation, and climate change.

    Wavin has several production facilities in Latin America – sometimes in regions where potable water facilities, sewer systems and other crucial infrastructure are lagging behind. Wavin is keen on supporting such regions in the development of these basic needs. Creating a positive impact for the community results in more prosperity in the area and an increase in local entrepreneurship. It also enables Wavin to attract and attain motivated employees, support their families while securing stable conditions around the production facility.

    In addition we are contributing to the conservation and protection of watersheds through our cooperation with the Latin American Water Funds. Since 2012, we have supported the Latin American Water Funds Partnership, providing financing, products and technical knowledge to the development of Water Funds that are in areas near our operations: Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico.

    Wavin has long standing collaborations with partner organizations (NGOs) in many countries. Each year a planning is made with the partners for the realization of new projects. Performance of projects is reviewed together with the partners.

    Expected Impact

    We communicate on our impacts annually through the Orbia Impact Report. For 2022 we reported 23 WASH projects that provided water access to more than 40,000 people in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru. Including 402 clean water storage tanks with a total capacity of 221,210 liters, 54 hand-washing stations, 178 rainwater systems, and 14 biodigesters. The engineering teams also provide technical assistance to the community members on the design and implementation.

    The goal in 2023 is to implement at least an equivalent amount of projects in Latin America.

    Link to Community section in Impact Report
    Read more about the impact of our Sustainable Solutions here:…


    Techo, Unicef, Alianza Latinoamericana de Fondos de Agua (several countries), Enactus, and several other (local) partners

    Additional information

    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all


    Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services


    By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations


    Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water


    By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally


    Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated


    Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    Change in water-use efficiency over time


    Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources


    By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate


    Degree of integrated water resources management 


    Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan


    Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management


    Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

    Goal 17

    Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

    Goal 17


    Strengthen domestic resource mobilization, including through international support to developing countries, to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection

    Total government revenue as a proportion of GDP, by source
    Proportion of domestic budget funded by domestic taxes


    Developed countries to implement fully their official development assistance commitments, including the commitment by many developed countries to achieve the target of 0.7 per cent of ODA/GNI to developing countries and 0.15 to 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries; ODA providers are encouraged to consider setting a target to provide at least 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries

    Net official development assistance, total and to least developed countries, as a proportion of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee donors’ gross national income (GNI)


    Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources


    Additional financial resources mobilized for developing countries from multiple sources 

    Volume of remittances (in United States dollars) as a proportion of total GDP


    Assist developing countries in attaining long-term debt sustainability through coordinated policies aimed at fostering debt financing, debt relief and debt restructuring, as appropriate, and address the external debt of highly indebted poor countries to reduce debt distress

    Debt service as a proportion of exports of goods and services


    Adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for least developed countries


    Number of countries that adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for developing countries, including the least developed countries


    Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism


     Fixed broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, by speed


    Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed


    Total amount of funding for developing countries to promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies


    Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology

    Proportion of individuals using the Internet


    Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the Sustainable Development Goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation


    Dollar value of financial and technical assistance (including through North-South, South‑South and triangular cooperation) committed to developing countries


    Promote a universal, rules-based, open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system under the World Trade Organization, including through the conclusion of negotiations under its Doha Development Agenda

    Worldwide weighted tariff-average


    Significantly increase the exports of developing countries, in particular with a view to doubling the least developed countries’ share of global exports by 2020


    Developing countries’ and least developed countries’ share of global exports


    Realize timely implementation of duty-free and quota-free market access on a lasting basis for all least developed countries, consistent with World Trade Organization decisions, including by ensuring that preferential rules of origin applicable to imports from least developed countries are transparent and simple, and contribute to facilitating market access


    Weighted average tariffs faced by developing countries, least developed countries and small island developing States


    Enhance global macroeconomic stability, including through policy coordination and policy coherence

    Macroeconomic Dashboard


    Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development

    Number of countries with mechanisms in place to enhance policy coherence of sustainable development


    Respect each country’s policy space and leadership to establish and implement policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development 

    Extent of use of country-owned results frameworks and planning tools by providers of development cooperation


    Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries


    Number of countries reporting progress in multi-stakeholder development effectiveness monitoring frameworks that support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals


    Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships 


    Amount in United States dollars committed to public-private partnerships for infrastructure


    By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts


    Statistical capacity indicators

    Number of countries that have national statistical legislation that complies with the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics

    Number of countries with a national statistical plan that is fully funded and under implementation, by source of funding


    By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries

    Dollar value of all resources made available to strengthen statistical capacity in developing countries

    Proportion of countries that (a) have conducted at least one population and housing census in the last 10 years; and (b) have achieved 100 per cent birth registration and 80 per cent death registration

    Name Description
    Colombia - To install hydro-sanitary batteries to generate basic sanitation and hygiene solutions, as well as to promote solutions for access to water resources through the installation of rainwater collection and purification systems (partner Techo)
    Brazil – provide WASH renovations in vulnerable communities in the region of São Paulo, by donating products, investing in renovations, and promoting positive impact with trainings and volunteering activities (partner Moradigna)
    Peru - The project with the Water Fund includes the implementation of a technical irrigation system in the San Juan de Iris community, located in the district of the province of Huarochirí, region of Lima- Perú. (partner AQUAFONDO)
    Colombia - Generate access to water, sanitation and basic hygiene for local and migrant communities living in informal settlements in vulnerable conditions in the department of Atlántico. (Partner Unicef)
    In-kind contribution
    Wavin supports the projects with in-kind donations of products
    Financing (in USD)
    Wavin supports the projects with financial donations
    Staff / Technical expertise
    Wavin support the projects with technical expertise
    Action Network
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    01 January 2023 (start date)
    31 December 2023 (date of completion)
    Wavin B.V.
    1. Latin America and the Caribbean
    Other beneficiaries

    Communities in Latin America.

    At Wavin, we understand the relevance of water as a key source for development. Our experience and focus are to improve water conservation and access, as well as to develop sanitation infrastructure as part of our sustainability strategy. Through our Community Program, we provide solutions for access to water, sanitation and hygiene in order to mitigate the deficit in coverage and quality of the provision of basic services in Latin American communities. Our programs are collective efforts and the result of partnerships with valuable organizations that help us connect with the communities.

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    Costa Rica
    Costa Rica
    Contact Information

    Jan, Director Global Sustainability