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 closely interconnected issues has the potential to prevent at least 9% of global disease, and 6% of all deaths.1 Evidence shows that individuals will be healthier and happier, and communities more productive, if they have greater access to water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Improving access to these basic needs is essential to lifting people out of poverty. The health and hygiene pillar of our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan contributes to a number of the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development: Goal 3 Good health and well-being; 6 Clean water and sanitation; 8 Decent work and economic growth; 11 Sustainable cities and communities; and 17 Partnerships for the goals.
Our health and hygiene brands Lifebuoy, Domestos, Signal and Pureit 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.
However, providing quality, affordable products is only part of the solution to improving health through hygiene - people need to change their habits too. Using our understanding of habits and expertise in delivering behaviour change campaigns at scale, we promote enduring change in the everyday behaviours that matter to health.