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Essity Joins United Nations Foundation's Campaign To Tackle Gender Inequality

Essity Joins United Nations Foundation's Campaign To Tackle Gender Inequality

Published 11-11-22

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Originally published on Essity News Center

Hygiene and health company Essity extends its partnership with United Nations Foundation by joining the organization’s campaign #EqualEverywhere to accelerate progress towards gender equality.

Essity has been a partner to the United Nations Foundation since 2016 with the aim of contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with Goal 5: Gender Equality being one of Essity’s prioritized SDGs*. As a leading hygiene and health company breaking barriers to well-being, Essity has decided to join the UN Foundation’s annual campaign #EqualEverywhere to further advance progression towards gender equality.

“As a hygiene and health company developing and providing products for all stages in life and breaking stigmas around sensitive, often gender-related topics, Essity is fully committed to do what we can to contribute to gender equality. By extending our partnership with the UN Foundation, we will continue to pursue global discussions in collaboration with the public sector and other companies to accelerate progress towards achieving this vital goal”, says Joséphine Edwall Björklund, Senior Vice President, Communications at Essity.

Essity has for many years been addressing gaps in menstrual health and hygiene while promoting the empowerment of women and girls. Since 2016, Essity is working actively to increase dialogue about menstruation and hygiene issues among young people in Mexico, reaching over 7.5 million people up to date. Projects like these have been initiated as research shows that menstruation is the most stigmatized topic, followed by incontinence and menopause in countries such as Mexico, Colombia and Brazil**.

In addition, Essity’s intimate hygiene brands such as Bodyform/Libresse/Nosotras/Saba and Tena are also heavily involved in breaking taboos with campaigns such as “Blood Normal” which was the first TV advertisement for period products to replace blue liquid with a more representative red, “Viva La Vulva” which helped normalize the conversation about the female body and “The Last Lonely Menopause” which encourages conversations about menopause.

"The UN Foundation's #EqualEverywhere campaign aims to reach, inspire, and mobilize diverse champions to take up the cause for equality for everyone, everywhere," says Michelle Milford Morse, the UN Foundation's Vice President for Girls and Women Strategy. "We are thrilled to partner with Essity and to benefit from Essity's enduring commitment to gender equality."

To learn more about Essity’s partnership with the UN Foundation, please visit Essity’s homepage.

More information about #EqualEverywhere can be found at United Nations Foundation’s campaign website.

* Essity’s prioritized SDGs:
- Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being
- Goal 5: Gender Equality
- Goal 6: Clean water and Sanitation
- Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
- Goal 13: Climate Action
- Goal 15: Life on Land

** Essity’s Global Hygiene and Health Survey 2022 based on responses from more than 15,000 people world-wide.

Essity joins United Nations Foundation’s campaign to tackle gender inequality

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Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company that develops, produces and sells Personal Care (Baby Care, Feminine Care, Incontinence Products and Medical Solutions), Consumer Tissue and Professional Hygiene products and solutions. 

Our vision is; Dedicated to improving well-being through leading hygiene and health solutions. The name Essity stems from the words essentials and necessities. Sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries under many strong brands, including the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and other brands, such as Leukoplast, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo, Vinda and Zewa. Essity has about 48,000 employees and net sales in 2017 amounted to approximately 12.8 bn USD (SEK 109bn, EUR 11.3bn). The business operations are based on a sustainable business model with focus on value creation for people and nature.

The company has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. Essity used to be part of the SCA Group.

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