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Partnerships and Collaborations

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Essity works together with various actors such as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO:s) on both environmental and social issues, Inter Governmental Organizations (IGO:s) such as the United Nations, World Health Organization, European Union, OECD etc. as well as with trade and industry associations.

With our partners we collaborate in gathering knowledge and insights, using our different perspectives, collective competences, and resources to find solutions to societal challenges and drive progress towards global change. Together with partners such as the United Nations Global Compact we are for example making a difference by raising hygiene and health standards, reducing greenhouse gas emission, and preventing deforestation, and thereby contributing to a more circular society and the well-being for millions worldwide. 

By partnering with others who share the same challenges and opportunities we also contribute to share knowledge and raise awareness about what is needed to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our work with Science Based Targets to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and our mission to raise awareness and break taboos are examples of how Essity can play an important role in society and be an actor in the public debate. 

As a part of our Public Affairs work, we contribute with our expertise and showcase sustainable solutions in our products and services. One example of doing this is through partnership with other global leading companies and industry organizations such as the Consumer Goods forum (CGF) and AIM: European Brands Association, through which we encourage the global adoption of practices and standards and contribute to shaping policy on issues that promotes a more sustainable and circular society.

Partnership and Collab examples

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The UN Sustainable Development Goals

We believe that fulfilling the SDGs is key to improve the world.

In addition, this also creates business opportunities for companies - not least within health, hygiene and sanitation where we at Essity have outstanding expertise. We are committed to overcoming global challenges together with like-minded partners, and we specifically contribute to goals 3, 5, 6, 12, 13 and 15, which are all highly connected to our business.

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Essity/UNICEF partnership “Hygiene is our right”

In the last 3 years more than 80,000 children and adolescents in Mexico have benefited from the "Hygiene is our Rights"-program. Through the program Essity together with UNICEF promotes awareness of the importance of good hand hygiene and works to break taboos around menstruation in Mexico. The program aims to improve health habits among children and adolescents through better menstrual hygiene and WASH practices, raise awareness among educational authorities, mothers, and fathers about the importance of these issues and contribute to shape public policy. The Essity brands Saba and Tork are participating in the project. Essity and Saba have collaborated with UNICEF in Mexico since 2016 to increase dialogue about menstruation and hygiene issues among young.

Holy Grail 2.0

Essity is part of the Digital Watermarks Initiative HolyGrail 2.0, to improve sorting and increase the recycling rates for plastic packaging in the EU. By adding invisible codes to packaging, waste sorting facilities can identify the type of plastic and sort it accordingly. The initiative is a large-scale pilot project driven by AIM - European Brands Association and powered by the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. Together with 130 companies, Essity is working to develop the digital watermarks to improve accuracy in sorting packaging waste.This will also improve the availability of recycled materials in the supply chain, enabling Essity and other companies to use more recycled plastic in their packaging.

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Commitment to Red Cross in France

Essity is one of the most significant partners of the French Red Cross thanks to the 100,000 hygiene kits distributed to homeless people every year. Since 2011, more than 720,000 hygiene kits have been distributed by volunteers to the homeless in France courtesy of Essity. These kits – which are different for women and men – include essential products to enable good hygiene for one person for several days, containing such items as a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, comb, mirror, Lotus handkerchiefs, Nana feminine hygiene pads, etc.