Employees lend a hand

Unilever is mobilising its employees during October and November 2012 to take part in a company-wide programme of activities to improve the lives of people around the world.

Global Handwashing Day 2012

For the first time ever, many of its brands with health and wellbeing social missions have come together to inspire employees to take small actions online, in factories, at home and in local schools and communities. The initiative aims to drive progress against Unilever’s commitment to help a billion people take action to improve their health and wellbeing by 2020.

On Global Handwashing Day (15 October 2012) Lifebuoy is encouraging employees in 24 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America to join millions of consumers in more than 100 countries to promote the life-saving benefits of handwashing with soap. Actions range from pledging on Facebook to help a child reach their 5th birthday, to thousands of employees in Asia and Africa visiting local schools to encourage good handwashing habits.

Health & wellbeing activity

Other activities include supporting Unilever’s Waterworks initiative with Pureit water purifier on Facebook, promoting good heart health on World Heart Day on 29 September, helping our Dove beauty care brand reach its target of improving the self-esteem of 15 million young people in North America, Europe and Australasia on Dove Days in November, and helping Domestos toilet cleaner raise awareness of the plight of 2.5 billion people without proper sanitation on World Toilet Day on 19 November.

In a message to all employees, Unilever CEO Paul Polman highlighted the big impact Unilever could make through their combined actions: “Wherever you work and whatever activity you take part in, your actions really count, because when you add your efforts to thousands of other employees and millions of consumers around the world, together we can make a big difference.”

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