Alumni Voices

Co-Founder and CEO at Who Gives A Crap - Simon Griffiths

December 30, 2019

Simon is a man who truly does give a crap about the 2.3 billion people of the world who don’t have access to a proper toilet. So passionate is he about development aid, he sat on a toilet for 50,000 hours to raise $50,000 in crowd-funding donations.

Simon is the co-founder and CEO of Who Gives a Crap, a profit-for-purpose toilet paper company that uses 50% of its profits to build toilets in the developing world. It’s no wonder it has already expanded to the US and UK and is set to open in more locations globally.

In 2011, Simon was recognised by The Age’s Melbourne Magazine as one of Melbourne’s Top 100 Most Influential People and in 2013 he was shortlisted for Young Australian of the Year.

“To get the most out of life, I knew that I needed a career that was about more than just making money. At UWA I’ll be talking about how I’ve taken that premise and turned it into Who Gives A Crap – a direct-to-consumer toilet paper business that’s donated more than $2.5 million to help build toilets in the developing world. I’ll share what drives myself and our team, walk through some of our current strategy and end with the key lessons that we’ve learned in scaling up a global social business. Regardless of where you’re at in your career today you’ll come away with something that you can use – and plenty of laughs too!”

This presentation was recorded at UWA CareerConnect.