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Essity is a global leader and a trusted provider of continence care solutions. We believe this is due to our commitment to providing superior solutions to our customers and consumers in addition to our work aiming to remove the stigma associated with incontinence.
Right now, there are over 400 million people around the world who experience incontinence. Despite its prevalence, awareness and education for treatment and solutions remain low. For this reason, we partner with organizations like the Global Forum on Incontinence to host high-level discussions on how we can improve the well-being of individuals who experience incontinence.
Insights we have gained regarding the preferences and lifestyles of users of containment products have also been drivers in the way we approach innovation in this area. The desire for discretion with incontinence products has led us to the development of pads that are 20% thinner so they can be worn comfortably with a greater variety of clothing. This has also reduced the carbon footprint of TENA pads by 31%.
The other aspect of our continence care work involves a continual process of developing and innovating containment products. The increasing affordability of digital technology is enabling new possibilities for innovation within continence care. Our brand TENA is revolutionizing elderly care with digital technology through the new innovative solution TENA SmartCare™. Reusable sensors can be attached on any TENA incontinence product to provide real time information on moisture. This helps caregivers when to change products and enables insights on care recommendations and optimal use of products. This solution is co-created with customers and technology and builds on years of experience with TENA Identifi™.
TENA Identifi™ facilitates more individualized continence care toward each resident, whilst improving the efficiency of carers. Carers also experience higher workplace satisfaction as they are able to spend more time attending to the social needs of residents. For TENA Identifi™ the resulting reduction in unnecessary product changes that comes out of individualized care is also beneficial for the environment as fewer products are used per resident.
With the combined effort of our education programs and our innovation work to reduce the carbon footprint of our containment solutions, we are able to contribute to Sustainable Development Goals 3 (Good Health & Well-being) and 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production). This is an important aspect of our work towards improving global well-being as we seek to empower people with incontinence to live active and dignified lives, without barriers or interruptions.
With over 50 years of experience, TENA is the worldwide leader in the management of continence care and personal hygiene, providing products and services for individuals and healthcare services throughout 90 countries.
We are committed to developing products and services that minimise the impact of incontinence on people's everyday lives.