Health & hygiene
Lack of safe drinking water, and poor sanitation and hygiene, cause millions of preventable deaths each year - particularly among children.
The World Health Organization estimates that tackling these interconnected issues has the potential to prevent at least 9% of global disease, and 6% of all deaths.1 Evidence shows that people will be healthier and happier, and communities more productive, if they have improved access to better sanitation, safe drinking water, and basic levels of hygiene. This is essential to lifting people out of poverty.
Our health and hygiene brands - Lifebuoy, Domestos, Signal, Pureit and Vaseline - aim to improve health through better hygiene. These everyday products - soaps, toilet cleaners and toothpastes - as well as our innovative water purifiers, can help prevent disease and improve people’s health and well-being. Ultimately, helping to save lives.
But health is not just about hygiene. Many people worldwide suffer from low self-esteem and feel anxious about their bodies. And this can have a knock-on effect on their personal lives and careers. Through Dove, our leading personal care brand, we’re helping women and girls to be confident in their own bodies and build their self-esteem.
The Health & Hygiene pillar of our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) primarily contributes to two of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Good Health and Well-being (SDG3); and Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6).
1 World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/documents/levels_trends_child_mortality_2013/en/