WTO was created as a global network and service platform wherein all toilet and sanitation organizations can learn from one another and leverage on media and global support that in turn can influence governments to promote sound sanitation and public health policies.
WTO is the organizer of the very successful series of World Toilet Summits and World Toilet Expo and Forum. To-date, 8 World Toilet Summits and 2 World Toilet Expo & Forum have been hosted in 9 different cities around the world. Each summit addresses the critical issues of toilet and sanitation from technologies, development, funding, to design, maintenance, social entrepreneurship, capacity building, research and various other related topics, creating massive media coverage and momentum.
Mr. Spevack, Chairman of WTO, declared its founding day of November 19 as "World Toilet Day" and this is now being celebrated by members all over the world. Thus increasing awareness and generating local action for better sanitation.
In 2005, WTO started the world's first World Toilet College (WTC) providing training in toilet design, maintenance, School Sanitation and Disaster Sanitation and implementation of Sustainable Sanitation systems. WTO is also one of the founding members of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSana), a coalition of 50 prominent organizations to promote sustainable sanitation systems.
In 2006, the Schwab Foundation, a family of the World Economic Forum, awarded the Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year to WTO and made its founder a Schwab Foundation permanent fellow. In 2007, WTO was honored as an Ashoka Global Fellow for its excellence in social entrepreneurship.
In addition to advocacy, capacity building and sanitation projects, WTO is now driving a market-based strategy to address the dysfunctional sanitation market for the poor, by installing efficient market infrastructure
In 2004, he was awarded the inaugural Singapore Green Plan Award 2012 by Singapore's National Environment Agency for contribution to Environment.
In 2005, Jack founded the World Toilet College to provide high quality training in Toilet Design, Maintenance, Cleanliness and Ecological Sanitation Technologies. The college is a joint venture with Singapore Polytechnic.
Jack won the Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006, awarded by The Schwab Foundation For Social Entrepreneurship based in Switzerland.
In 2007, Jack became one of the key members to convene the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance comprised of about 50 organizations active in the field of sanitation. That same year, he also became the first Singaporean elected to be an Ashoka Global Fellow. Ashoka is the largest social entrepreneurship support group in the world.
In January 2008, Jack was appointed a Council Member to the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council for Water Security, a Council that advises WEF on water and sanitation Matters.
Jack is also a guest lecturer and mentor for social entrepreneurship at INSEAD Asia Campus and Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore.
• Restroom Specialist Training Course (RSTC)
• National Skills Recognition System Course (NSRS)
• Sustainable Sanitation Course (SusSan)
• Restroom Design Course (RDC)
• School Sanitation and Hygiene Education Course (SSHEC)
• Disaster and Emergency Sanitation Course (DESC)