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Global Access Strategy & Opportunities in Sanitation

How the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Firmenich are partnering to ensure safe sanitation for all.

Sarah d'Arbeloff joins the STeP team on August 1 from 9-10 am EDT to speak about Firmenich’s partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support the new sanitation economy — estimated at $200 billion globally, with $62 billion in India alone by 2021. Sarah brings insights and perspective to help participants understand

  • the Gates Foundation and their Global Access Strategy, and
  • the concern around odor issues associated with toilets.

Through a co-financing agreement available to partners with revolutionary ideas —the Foundation's Global Access Strategy — Firmenich is working to discover, develop and commercialize malodor suppressing technologies. Sarah will highlight

  • Firmenich's work addressing sanitation odors, and
  • how Firmenich navigated the Global Access Strategy to ensure creative sanitation solutions make a difference for those most in need -- while achieving business objectives.

Sarah will also share how the Foundation’s support enables Firmenich to leverage their strengths to help solve one of the world’s toughest problems – increased usage of toilets – and eventually pursue opportunities to commercialize their innovations in developed markets.


Date and Time

August 1, 2019

9-10 AM EDT


About Sarah d’Arbeloff

Sarah, a chemist by training, oversees Global Technology Business Development at Firmenich. Previously, she worked in technology sales for Firmenich’s global clients and built the company’s technology marketing capabilities. Most recently, Sarah has been managing Firmenich’s malodor control portfolio which includes the receptor-based malodor control technology that targets toilet odors.


About Firmenich

Firmenich is the world’s largest privately-owned perfume and taste company, founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895. Driven by its purpose to create positive emotions to enhance wellbeing, naturally, Firmenich has designed many of the world’s best-known perfumes and tastes, bringing delight to over four billion consumers every day.


About the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In 2011 the Foundation announced the launch of the Reinvent the Toilet strategy to help bring safe, clean sanitation to millions of poor people in the developing world.