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Simon Griffiths: On Giving a Crap


Two and a half billion people across the world have no access to a toilet. This lack of sanitation in the developing world results in 2000 children under five dying every day.

In July 2012, Simon Griffiths and his business partners launched Who Gives a Crap, a venture that manufactures toilet paper and donates 50% of the profits to building toilets and improving sanitation in the developing world. To attract investment, Simon sat on a toilet in a draughty warehouse for 50 hours.

Two years later, Simon visits Lunchbox/Soapbox to talk about the Who Gives a Crap business model, his new venture Shebeen (a bar that hands its profits over to the drink’s country of origin), and how social enterprise can be a means towards a global revolution.


We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.

With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.

If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the performance space from 12.20pm.


Simon Griffiths

Simon Griffiths is an engineer and economist turned social entrepreneur. His latest venture is an ethical home products company. Its flagship product is Who Gives A Crap, an environmentally friendly toilet paper that uses 50% of its profits to build toilets in the developing world. He is also well k... Read more


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