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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 global change in for example raising hygiene and health standards, thereby improving well-being and the lives of millions worldwide. With our partners such as the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the United Nations Global Compact Health Action Platform, as well as the United Nations Foundation, we share knowledge and raise awareness about what is needed to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our work with awareness raising and breaking taboos is one example 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. In the initiative Together for a Sustainable Europe Essity is contributing in shaping EU-policy on issues that promotes a more sustainable and circular society. The companies involved are: Electrolux, Ericsson, Essity, H&M Group, Ingka Group/IKEA Retail and TetraPak Group.
In 2018 we educated about 2.5 million people about hygiene and health, including teaching children the importance of hand hygiene, young women about puberty as well as educating people and staff at nursing homes about incontinence.
According to UNICEF, 9 out of 10 girls in Mexico experience abuse by a boyfriend or husband and many others face violence and harassment in school, at home, at work and in public places. Given this, Essity’s Mexican feminine care brand, Saba, partnered with UNICEF to provide accurate information and foster an open dialogue among adolescents, their families and friends to detect and prevent high risk situations before they spiral into violence. The initiative, called “#Hablemos Todo” (“Let´s talk about everything”), has reached 7.5 million adolescents through social media actions, communications platforms, as well as messages printed on actual feminine care pads.
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.
In September 2018, TENA launched “Banakekele,” which is Zulu for “take care of them”. This is a project aimed at providing basic healthcare services in mobile pop-up clinics, installed outside shopping centers, with professional nurses providing education and advice on incontinence, samples and basic health checks. This initiative has enabled TENA to visit more than 100 community centers and reach more than 16,000 people in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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.