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Improving health and well-being
Our Big Goal Improving health and well-being for more than 1 billion
By 2020 we will help more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being.

Improving health & well-being

Our Big Goal

By 2020 we will help more than 1 billion people take action to improve their health and well-being.

Our performance: Health & hygiene

By the end of 2016 we had reached around 538 million people† through our programmes on handwashing, safe drinking water, sanitation, oral health and self-esteem.

AROUND 538M PEOPLE REACHED†
OVER 2010-2016 LIFEBUOY'S HANDWASHING PROGRAMMES REACHED 379M PEOPLE
55M PEOPLE REACHED WITH SAFE DRINKING WATER FROM PUREIT: 85 BILLION LITRES† PROVIDED SINCE 2005
WITH THE HELP OF DOMESTOS, 6.2M PEOPLE GAINED IMPROVED ACCESS TO A TOILET OVER 2012-2015
75M PEOPLE REACHED WITH ORAL HEALTH PROGRAMMES SINCE 2010
23M YOUNG PEOPLE RECEIVED HELP VIA DOVE SELF-ESTEEM PROGRAMMES OVER 2004-2016

Our performance: Nutrition

In 2016, 35% of our portfolio by volume met the highest nutritional standards. This is based on an assessment of every single product in all countries, and across our total retail and foodservice business.

35% OF OUR FOODS MET THE HIGHEST NUTRITIONAL STANDARDS IN 2016, BASED ON GLOBALLY RECOGNISED DIETARY GUIDELINES
61% OF OUR FOODS MET OUR 5G PER DAY TARGET FOR SALT INTAKE
SUGAR ACROSS ALL OUR SWEETENED TEA-BASED BEVERAGES REDUCED BY 12% SINCE 2010
91% OF OUR PACKAGED ICE CREAM CONTAINED 250 CALORIES OR FEWER PER PORTION IN 2016
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Our approach

Billions of people still lack access to effective hygiene and safe drinking water. Over 1.4 million children under five die each year from diarrhoea and pneumonia, with many of these deaths caused by the inter-related issues of poor sanitation, hygiene and unsafe water. By 2020 we will help more than a billion people to improve their health and hygiene. This will help reduce the incidence of life-threatening diseases like diarrhoea.

More than 1.9 billion adults – 39% of the global population – are overweight and 13% are obese. By 2020, we will double the proportion of our portfolio that meets the highest nutritional standards, based on globally recognised dietary guidelines. This will help hundreds of millions of people to achieve a healthier diet.

Our approach encompasses health and hygiene and nutrition. We are uniquely placed to pursue our goal as we are the only multinational consumer goods company with a portfolio across home and personal care, food and beverages. The business case is compelling. We have seen that by promoting hygiene and nutritious food, sales increase.

Our focus is on:

  • Selling appealing products with leading-edge health, hygiene and nutrition benefits
  • Encouraging people to take action through behaviour change programmes
  • Advocating to bring these issues higher up the policy agenda
  • Working with partners dedicated to health, hygiene and nutrition, to broaden our impact.

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Improving health & well-being pillars

Health & hygiene

Girl washing hands

We are helping to drive transformational change through our brands, and our water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) agenda.

Improving nutrition

A man spreading Flora on toast

We are helping hundreds of millions of people to enjoy great-tasting food and healthier diets.

Other areas of focus

Driving transformational change

Lifebuoy soap India

We aim to make a transformational difference to those big issues that matter most to our business and to the world.

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