Latest News

The latest news on SATO products and projects from around the world.

Find Out How SATO’s Innovative Solutions Are Improving Lives in Water-Stressed Locations Around the Globe

Our award-winning social business will hold an interactive expo during World Water Week and a virtual event to showcase our solutions and the impact they are having across Africa and Asia. Read on to take part.


SATO Expands to Southeast Asia

The award-winning social business is branching out its range of products to Southeast Asia to bring access to improved sanitation to more markets. In a Q&A session with Suguru Sakata, Leader, Bangladesh and Southeast Asia, we dive into insights that led to the expansion, strategies for the launch, the work SATO does to build local sanitation markets, and more.


SATO To Donate 5,000 SATO Taps to the Achhi Aadat Campaign, Benefiting 25,000 Individuals.

The Achhi Aadat (Good Habit) campaign, an initiative by JICA, aims to raise awareness among 100 million people about the importance of hygiene practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases by the end of 2022. Launched in January 2021 during the National Cleanliness Day, SATO is to donate 5,000 SATO Tap units benefiting 25,000 people.


SATO Rwanda Marks Day of the African Child with a donation to National Children Development Agency (NCDA).

Day of the African Child celebrations highlighting the role of the community in promoting early childhood development through improved sanitation.


750,000 people to benefit from sanitation campaign in Uganda.

The Sons and Daughters of the Soil (SODAS) campaign, featuring SATO products, is promoting awareness for improved sanitation and hygiene targeting upgrades in 15,000 households in Uganda.

June 2021

Time to reimagine - Daigo Ishiyama, our Leader of Innovation, talks about how SATO is reimagining sanitation and hygiene solutions in the face of climate change and COVID-19.

But is it possible to tackle these challenges simultaneously? SATO’s innovative and consumer-centric approach has proven that it is! In this Q&A, Daigo reflects on the business stance that creating great social impact needs to go hand in hand with preserving the environment and natural resources.


SATO to disseminate latest consumer insights at the virtual FSM6 Conference

SATO, LIXIL’s award winning social business - will bring to light the latest consumer insights and share best practices and learnings in the International Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) Conference on 31st May - 4th June

31st May to 4th June 2021

SATO Tap Selected as Finalists in the Fast Company World Changing Ideas Awards 2021

SATO Tap has been nominated in two categories: Pandemic Response and Developing World Technology.


98% of households in Uganda are satisfied with SATO products, says USAID USHA Survey

USAID Uganda Sanitation for Health Activity (USHA) published a survey report stating that 98% of households who had installed SATO products were satisfied with the product. Users cited friendly prices, reduced smell, no flies and easy to keep clean as the key satisfaction drivers. Several SATO users also favoured SATO solutions because they make the pit latrine look modern and provide a toilet experience that is safe for children.


SATO empowers over 19,000 masons with free training

More than 19,000 masons have been empowered by SATO’s free training sessions in Nigeria, Tanzania, India, and Uganda. These skills are enabling them to be part of transformation processes in local sanitation. Read more on this news item.


TIME announces SATO Tap as one of the Best Inventions of 2020

A unique tap that aims to make hand washing much easier for people without access to a proper water supply, the SATO Tap is an innovation the world needs to fight communicable diseases and make hygiene a habit.


SATO joins partners in #FlushTheVirus COVID-19 response initiative

We at SATO are proud of the continued success of the ‘#FlushTheVirus’ campaign in India.


Daigo Ishiyama showcases the SATO Tap at the 11th UNC Water and Health Conference

SATO Tap was presented at the UNC Water and Health Conference as one of the innovations that can change handwashing and hygiene worldwide.


SATO celebrates Global Handwashing Day 2020 with Digital and On-Ground Events in Africa, and Asia

SATO celebrated Global Handwashing Day with a series of events and activations, including signing a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with the United States Agency for International Development (“USAID”), partnering with UNICEF and Reckitt Benckiser to bring SATO Tap to market.


SATO joins stakeholders in India in addressing water scarcity in a virtual summit called by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

SATO solutions can help India tackle some of its water and sanitation challenges with innovative designs that significantly reduce water consumption while elevating the level of sanitation hygiene within households.


SATO endeavors to make COVID-19 quarantine centers in India safer and more hygienic

SATO has collaborated with partners in India to safeguard quarantine shelters against becoming a breeding ground for infections. Read more about it in this news item.


Erin McCusker, Head of SATO Joined the UNICEF Leading Minds Webinar on Coronavirus and Children

UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti presented the fifth episode of its Leading Minds Online webcast ‘What the Experts Say - Coronavirus and Children: Hygiene”.
The panel of high-level experts tackled what history has taught us about health and hygiene, plus what actions and investments are urgently required to change the future of health forever.


SATO introduces innovative handwashing solution, SATO Tap, to enhance hygiene practices for millions across the world

As part of our commitment to stem the global spread of COVID-19, we have introduced SATO Tap, an affordable handwashing solution for local communities around the world.
By bringing SATO’s design and engineering expertise, combined with global LIXIL support, we aim to accelerate this new handwashing innovation to market, SATO Tap is designed for use anywhere in the home, even without access to a supply of running water.

SATO Announced as Million Lives Club Vanguard Member

SATO Announced as Million Lives Club “Vanguard” Member

The Million Lives Club (MLC) announced SATO as an official member of its Vanguard cohort, which consists of innovators and social entrepreneurs from around the world who are making a significant impact in addressing global development challenges. Members of the Million Lives Club have scaled their solutions to serve 1 million customers or are rapidly on their way to achieving this goal.

SATO celebrated World Toilet Day 2019

SATO celebrated World Toilet Day 2019

On World Toilet Day 2019, SATO, a part of LIXIL, organised activities across its key regions to strengthen its commitment to improve sanitation and build healthier communities.

On World Toilet Day, LIXIL and SATO are refreshing our sanitation targets, standing firm on our commitments

On World Toilet Day, LIXIL and SATO are refreshing our sanitation targets, standing firm on our commitments

Over a quarter of the world’s population still don’t have access to safe, clean toilets, and every day, approximately 800 children under the age of five die due to diarrheal diseases caused by unhealthy conditions such as lack of sanitary toilets.

Join LIXIL at the Global Sanitation Economy Summit in Pune, India!

Join LIXIL at the Global Sanitation Economy Summit in Pune, India!

LIXIL, has partnered with Toilet Board Coalition (TBC) with a commitment to draw attention to people in rural and peri-urban areas which do not have safe or adequate sanitation.

JICA and LIXIL Sign MOU to Improve Sanitation in Developing Economies

JICA and LIXIL Sign MOU to Improve Sanitation in Developing Economies

LIXIL Group, today signed a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) with the Japan International Cooperation Agency ("JICA").

SATO Featured at 6th India CSR Summit

SATO Featured at 6th India CSR Summit

SATO India is proud to be the ‘Better Sanitation Partner' at the 6th India CSR Summit being held at Delhi, India on 23-24 September 2019.

LIXIL continues to lead global sanitation with Erin McCusker’s appointment as Chair

LIXIL continues to lead global sanitation with Erin McCusker’s appointment as Chair

The Steering Committee of the Toilet Board Coalition (TBC), has voted in its new leadership for a two year...

More children are killed by unsafe water than bullets

LIXIL Marks a Year of Partnership with UNICEF, Working Together in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania

LIXIL marks the first anniversary of Make a Splash! Toilets for All, its partnership with UNICEF.

More children are killed by unsafe water than bullets

More children are killed by unsafe water than bullets, says this report

In a report released by UN recently, it was revealed that more children are killed by unsafe water,

SATO is comitted to SDG6

SATO is comitted to SDG 6: Water for all by 2030

As the world celebrates Water Day today, let us make sure that we leave no one behind!

Cell phones coverage have reached deeper than toilets

Cell phones coverage have reached deeper than toilets

Far more people in India have access to a cell phone than to a toilet.

SATO contributes to the Kumbh Mela

"SATO contributes towards making the Kumbh Mela in India, Clean and Safe!"

Kumbh Mela hosted over 22 crore visitors this year.

SATO empowers women, gives access to safe sanitation

SATO empowers women, gives access to safe sanitation

Empowering the rural-women and helping them become economically independent,