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.
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.
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.