Health & hygiene

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Good Health and Wellbeing

Good Health & Well-Being

Despite major advances in recent decades, millions of people die each year from preventable causes. These deaths often occur disproportionately in the world's developing regions. The lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene, for example, contributes to the deaths of more than 1.4 million children under five each year from diarrhoea and pneumonia (see also SDG6).

At the same time, ill-health, whether mental or physical, can prevent individuals reaching their full potential, with a knock-on effect on their communities and economies.

Many of our best-known brands – including Lifebuoy, Domestos and Signal – are driving our USLP commitment to help more than 1 billion people take action to improve their health and wellbeing, reaching over 600 million people by 2017. Lifebuoy's handwashing campaign alone aims to change the hygiene behaviour of 1 billion consumers across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Domestos is working to improve access to sanitation through a combination of partnerships, market-based models and advocacy. And Signal/Pepsodent is promoting oral health, reaching nearly 78 million people by 2017 to encourage better brushing habits.

Our safety, health and wellbeing programmes are helping to improve the health of our employees and those we work with. This includes a focus on tackling HIV/AIDS in our workplaces in Africa, where the incidence of HIV at our sites is now below the average and the mortality rate has dropped by up to 50%.

Health & hygiene

Lack of safe drinking water and poor sanitation and hygiene (WASH) cause millions of preventable deaths each year – particularly among children.

Although adequate access to WASH is a basic human right, the number of people who suffer from poor or lack of access remains staggering: 2.3 billion people lack access to safely managed water services, and nearly 900 million people defecate in the open; 4.5 billion people lack safely managed sanitation; 1.4 billion people lacking basic handwashing facilities with soap and water at home; and 844 million people lack access to safe drinking water.

The World Health Organization estimates that tackling these interconnected issues has the potential to prevent at least 9% of global disease, and 6% of all deaths. Evidence shows that people will be healthier and happier and communities will be more productive if they have improved access to sanitation, safe drinking water, and basic levels of hygiene. Tackling these issues is essential to lifting people out of poverty.

Our health and hygiene brands – Lifebuoy, Domestos, Smile, Pureit and Vaseline – 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. And ultimately, help to save lives.

But health is not just about hygiene. Many people worldwide suffer from low self-esteem and feel anxious about their bodies. And this can have a knock-on effect on their personal lives and careers. Through Dove, our leading Beauty & Personal Care brand, we’re helping women and girls to be confident in their own bodies and build their self-esteem.

The health and hygiene pillar of our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) primarily contributes to two of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Good Health and Well-being (SDG3); and Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG6).

Our strategy

We have achieved our big goal of helping more than 1 billion people to improve their health and well-being by 2020.

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Addressing health & hygiene makes business sense

Addressing social challenges is good for society and good for business. Many of our programmes drive growth directly – our oral care, handwashing and sanitation programmes are strong examples. When more people brush their teeth, use soap regularly and have access to sanitation, their use of toothpaste, soap and toilet cleaner increases. Domestos is helping to give people access to improved sanitation which drives market development for our business.

We run many of our health and hygiene initiatives through brands in our Beauty & Personal Care (BPC) division. BPC is our largest division with a €21.9 billion turnover in 2019, and it accounts for 42% of our turnover and 52% of our operating profit. It is home to brands such as Dove, Signal and Lifebuoy. Lifebuoy is the world’s number one antibacterial soap brand.1

Our Home Care division generated turnover of €10.8 billion in 2019, accounting for 21% of our turnover. It includes our water purifiers Pureit and Truliva (formerly Qinyuan) as well as Domestos, our market-leading toilet cleaning brand, which is helping people to gain better access to toilets.

Our approach

Providing quality, affordable products is only part of the solution to improve health through hygiene. Products alone are not enough. A big part of our work is encouraging people to adopt healthy habits. Studies show that most people know they should brush their teeth twice a day, wash their hands with soap after going to the toilet and before eating, but often they don't.

As one of the world's leading consumer goods companies, making products that people use every day, we understand the triggers, barriers and motivators that generate sustained behaviour shifts. Underpinning our approach is our behaviour change model, the Five Levers for Change (PDF | 4MB). This is a set of principles that, when applied consistently, increases the likelihood of creating a lasting impact. We use this knowledge, coupled with our expertise in marketing and in delivering campaigns at mass scale, to catalyse enduring change in everyday behaviours.

TV reach

Lifebuoy runs one of the world's largest handwashing programmes. In order to reach our 1 billion target, we set about finding ways to deliver effective handwashing behaviour change at an even lower cost. We have long believed that the totality of our marketing efforts is contributing to changing handwashing behaviour, including mass scale TV advertising.

So, to test this, we ran a study (a randomised control trial) in India, our biggest market, to assess the effectiveness of Lifebuoy TV adverts and found positive results. The study was published by the Journal of Health Communication and we included Lifebuoy TV reach in our Health & Well-being performance figures for the first time in 2018 alongside our on-ground programme reach. Through TV reach, we successfully achieved our Health & Well-being target of reaching over 1 billion people – two years ahead of schedule.

Research shows that media can be a powerful source of influence on young people’s perception of body image and emotional intelligence. Recognising this, Dove is working in partnership with the Cartoon Network to help young people with their body confidence through cartoons. Steven Universe, the critically acclaimed cartoon series is recognised for its themes of inclusivity, empathy and relatability. The show’s diverse characters fight evil by getting strength from their body type, matching the Dove Self-Esteem Project’s commitment to building body confidence and self-esteem in young people.

All content was co-created with body image expert Dr Phillippa Diedrichs from the University of the West of England’s Centre for Appearance Research. Grounded in scientific evidence, our priority was to make content that would have a meaningful impact on young people’s self-esteem. We’ve created a series of short episodes on issues that matter to children, like teasing and bullying, appreciating our bodies, and navigating social media. By the end of 2019, we had reached over 21 million through the Cartoon Network in a Steven Universe series.

And our oral care brands – Signal, AIM, Mentadent, Pepsodent, Prodent and P/S – are reaching children and mothers through a series of TV adverts, as part of Smile’s (our oral care masterbrand) ongoing Brush Day & Night campaign.

Innovation

We’re using our expertise to come up with innovative products that can help more people live healthier lives.

For example, our water purifiers offer water that is not only safe and convenient to use, but that tastes good too. We now offer a range of water purification solutions across three technologies: gravity, UV (ultraviolet water purification, which disinfects bacteria from water) and RO (reverse osmosis, a water treatment process that removes contaminants by using pressure to force water molecules through a semi-permeable membrane, which filters out the contaminants).

In 2019, we introduced our Pureit Copper+ RO model. Copper is an essential mineral for human health. It has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties and also helps to neutralise toxins. Our Pureit Copper+ RO model uses smart Copper Charge Technology™ to ensure the right amount of copper in every glass of water.

We have developed new low-cost products, such as our Domex (Domestos in India) Toilet Cleaning Powder, for people in rural areas who may never have had a toilet at home before. Our Domex Toilet Cleaning Powder removes all germs at an affordable price and it also keeps toilets smelling fresh.

Advocacy & partnerships

In July 2010, through Resolution 64/292, the UN General Assembly explicitly recognised the human right to water and sanitation. It acknowledged that safe and clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to full enjoyment of life and all human rights. We respect these rights by ensuring that we operate our business in a way that fulfils the human right to water, as defined by the UN Human Right to Water Policy. We’ve also signed the World Business Council for Sustainable Development WASH Pledge to ensure access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in all our factories, plantations and workplaces.

Heads of state from all around the world gathered in New York in September 2015 to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, resulting in 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG6 focuses purely on water and sanitation, aiming to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” We worked with others to call for hygiene to be included as a key component within this SDG and welcomed the inclusion of indicators measuring access to handwashing with soap facilities.

Through our brands, behaviour change programmes and by joining forces with others around events – such as the UN General Assembly, Regional Water, Sanitation and Hygiene summits, World Handwashing Day and World Toilet Day – with our partners, we’re contributing towards achieving SDG6.

Partnering with organisations who share our ambition to improve health through better hygiene is critical to our programmes achieving a positive impact on a large scale. We work with partners in many ways, including: joint advocacy programmes to raise the profile of issues; scaling-up existing programmes; piloting initiatives; and securing additional funding to increase the impact of our joint investment.

Businesses are well-placed to work with governments, civil society and development agencies to drive transformational change. Whether it’s through our understanding of consumers, knowledge of behaviour change, the design of innovative products, our ability to deliver programmes at mass scale or the provision of financing, we bring a host of resources and knowledge to the table that can strengthen our collaborations. And in turn, improve people’s health and well-being while simultaneously growing our business.

Catalysing interested groups to come together around a shared objective is something we have found particularly useful. The Toilet Board Coalition is one example which Unilever was a founding member of – a global, business-led alliance of companies, investors, sanitation experts and non-profit organisations, which aims to develop sustainable and scalable solutions to the sanitation crisis.

Our commitment

By 2020, we will help more than a billion people take action to improve their health and hygiene. This will help reduce the incidence of life-threatening diseases like diarrhoea – one of the biggest causes of deaths in children under five.

Our progress

We achieved our target by the end of 2018, two years ahead of schedule.

By the end of 2019 we had reached over 1.3 billion people, over 615 million of whom were reached through on-ground programmes and over 710 million through TV reach on handwashing, oral health and self-esteem: 1.07 billion people with Lifebuoy (486 million people through on-ground programmes and 587 million through TV reach)2; over 28 million with improved access to a toilet3 & 4; over 102 million through our oral care brands; over 60 million through Dove self-esteem programmes; over 5 million through Vaseline’s Healing Project and 55 million with safe drinking water from Pureit.

Pureit also provided 114 billion litres of safe drinking water by the end of 2019.

Future challenges

Nine years into our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP), we’ve learnt that it’s possible to reach people at scale. But to scale our programmes effectively and reach as many people as possible, we need to work in partnership.

Having surpassed its USLP target, Dove has a new ambition: to have helped a quarter of a billion young people improve their self-esteem by 2030. To achieve this ambitious target, Dove is developing a number of approaches to reach even more young people. For example, in 2019, we announced a new three-year partnership between Dove and UNICEF to help 10 million more young people gain self-esteem and body confidence through new educational modules for 10-18 year-olds in Brazil, India and Indonesia.

Dove is also reaching young people through its partnerships with the Cartoon Network on a Steven Universe series, and the US media company ATTN in the creation of ‘Girls Room’, a new five-episode scripted US series from Emmy-award winning writer, producer and actor Lena Waithe. ‘Girls Room’ tackles the pain and power of female adolescence through the eyes of five girls as they face the challenges of growing up in today’s social media world.

Over 700 children under the age of five die from a sanitation-related disease every single day, but to tackle sanitation issues, we must collaborate and combine a range of expertise to bring about the change at scale that is so desperately needed.

Systemic change can only be achieved in partnership with governments. In 2019, we began working with GIZ (the German development agency), as well as the Philippines’ government, to drive the Domestos’ Cleaner Toilets, Brighter Futures programme across the country and identify improvements to the model, so that once toilets in schools are clean and usable, they can be kept that way.

Domestos is focusing its efforts on engaging and partnering with local authorities and education boards around the world. We know the ‘cure’ to stop thousands of people dying from poor sanitation every year. We now need to work together at scale to ensure that everyone has access to it. As UN Water notes, a toilet is not just a toilet, it’s an opportunity-maker, a dignity-provider, a lifesaver. Together, we all need to prioritise SDG 6 – and help make it a reality, not just a goal.

1 Unilever calculation based on Nielsen volume sales information for the total markets (latest 12 months). Updated August 2019.

2 The evidence that TV drives handwashing behaviour change comes from a proof of principles study in India.

3 Results are reported by UNICEF in accordance with its methodology and includes reach from direct and indirect initiatives over 2012-2019; and also includes Clean Toilets, Brighter Futures reach of over 70,000 children by the end of 2019.

4 The Domestos reach reported in our Annual Report & Accounts 2019 was under-reported and should say “Domestos has built on its partnership with UNICEF, which helped more than 28 million people (between 2012 and 2019) access better sanitation and hygiene”.

Taking action

We are making a big impact on health and hygiene by promoting handwashing, safe drinking water, sanitation, oral care and self-esteem. And we’re aiming to lessen the impact of disasters and emergencies.

Targets & performance

We have set ambitious targets to meet people’s needs for good health and hygiene.

Health & hygiene
Our commitment

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.

Our performance

Over 1.3 billion people were reached by the end of 2019, over 615 million of whom were reached through on-ground programmes and over 710 million through TV reach on handwashing, oral health and self-esteem: 1.07 billion people with Lifebuoy (486 million people through on-ground programmes and 587 million through TV reach)*; over 28 million with improved access to a toilet**∞; over 102 million with our oral care brands; over 60 million through Dove self-esteem programmes; over 5 million through Vaseline’s Healing Project and 55 million with safe drinking water from Pureit.

Pureit also provided 114 billion litres of safe drinking water by the end of 2019.

Our perspective

We achieved our Health & Hygiene 2020 commitment in 2018, two years ahead of schedule. By the end of 2019, we had reached over 1.3 million people (615 million through on-ground programmes and 710 million through TV reach on handwashing, oral health and self-esteem), up from 1.24 billion people (570 million through on-ground programmes and 670 million through TV reach on handwashing* and oral health) in 2018.

Lifebuoy achieved its 2020 handwashing target in 2018, two years early. By the end of 2019, Lifebuoy had reached 1.07 billion people: 486 million people through on-ground programmes and 587 million through TV reach.* And Smile (our oral care masterbrand which encompasses Signal, Pepsodent, Mentadent, Aim and P/S) reached their 2020 target of reaching 50 million people early. By 2019, Smile had reached over 102 million people through their Brush Day & Night campaign***and school programmes.

Dove achieved its 2015 target a year early and reached nearly 20 million by 2015. In 2016 we extended our target to reach a further 20 million young people – our ambition became to help a total of 40 million young people improve their body confidence and self-esteem by 2020. We have achieved our target a year early. By the end of 2019, we had reached over 60 million people through our Dove self-esteem programmes (around 41 million through our on-ground Dove Self-Esteem Project and over 21 million through the Cartoon Network on a Steven Universe series).

In 2014 we introduced a new target for sanitation, with Domestos working with UNICEF to scale up sanitation improvement initiatives. We have achieved our sanitation target a year early. Over 2012-2019 we enabled over 28 million people to gain improved access to a toilet.**∞ We introduced a further target in 2017: though our Vaseline® Healing Project, we aim to help heal the skin of 5 million people by 2020. We have achieved our target a year ahead of schedule, reaching over 5 million people through our Vaseline® Healing Project by the end of 2019.

In total, we have achieved six out of our seven Health & Hygiene targets ahead of schedule. However we will not achieve our safe drinking water target by 2020. Although we are making progress and are over 75% of the way there, progress is incremental.

* The evidence that TV drives handwashing behaviour change comes from a proof of principles study in India.

** Results are reported by UNICEF in accordance with its methodology and includes reach from direct and indirect initiatives over 2012-2019; and also includes Cleaner Toilets, Brighter Futures reach of over 70,000 children by the end of 2019.

*** See Independent Assurance & Our Metrics for the definition of ‘reach’.

The Domestos reach reported in our Annual Report & Accounts 2019 was under-reported and should say “Domestos has built on its partnership with UNICEF, which helped more than 28 million people (between 2012 and 2019) access better sanitation and hygiene”.


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Our targets

Please see Independent Assurance for more details of our assurance programme across the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.

Reduce diarrhoeal and respiratory disease through handwashing

  • By 2020 our Lifebuoy brand aims to change the hygiene behaviour of 1 billion consumers across Asia, Africa and Latin America by promoting the benefits of handwashing with soap at key times.

In 2015, we extended our target from 2015 to 2020.

1.07 billion people reached: 486 million people through on-ground programmes and 587 million through TV reach.*


Our perspective

In order to reach our 1 billion target, we set about finding ways to deliver effective handwashing behaviour change at an even lower cost. We have long believed that the totality of our marketing efforts is contributing to changing handwashing behaviour, including mass scale TV advertising.

So, to test this, we ran a study (a randomised control trial) in India, our biggest market, to assess the effectiveness of Lifebuoy TV adverts and found positive results.

The study was published by the Journal of Health Communication and we have included TV reach in our Health & Well-being performance figures alongside our on-ground programme reach. Through TV reach, we successfully achieved our Health & Well-being target of reaching over 1 billion people in 2018, two years ahead of schedule.

* The evidence that TV drives handwashing behaviour change comes from a proof of principles study in India.

Healthy handwashing habits for life

Provide safe drinking water

Through our range of water purifiers, we aim to provide 150 billion litres of safe drinking water by 2020.1

Pureit provided 114 billion litres of safe drinking water by 2019.


Our perspective

Our range of water purifiers provides safe drinking water in 13 countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The combined populations in these markets represent half the population of the world. Between 2005 and 2019, we provided 114 billion litres of safe drinking water.

We expanded our business in China with the acquisition in 2014 of the Qinyuan Group, China’s largest water purifying company.2

We continue to enhance our product offerings to appeal to consumers across different income levels and markets. Our most affordable model is less than €40 and all our models purify water to meet the stringent US Environmental Protection Agency’s criteria for microbiologically safe drinking water. Using one Pureit model, a litre of safe drinking water costs just 50 Indian paise (INR). And for the equivalent of just over one euro cent, someone can have 3.2 litres of drinking water.

We want to help the world’s poorest communities to access safe drinking water. So in 2017, we began a pilot programme, partnering with Water Health International who are global experts in community water systems. By setting up community water plants, we can reach families who can’t afford to have their own Pureit system at home. Together, we have set up four plants in the city of Tumkur and two in Ramdurg.

However, we will not achieve our safe drinking water target by 2020. Although we are making progress and are over 75% of the way there, progress is incremental.

1 We revised our target in 2014 to reflect what matters most for health – the ongoing consumption of safe drinking water. The new metric also allows us to capture the ongoing consumption of safe water (litres) that is a stronger surrogate measure of the ongoing health impact, versus just providing one-off devices. It improves on our previous metric of people reached, which measured sales of our purifiers multiplied by the average household size to give a number of people reached on average by each device. Over 2005-2013, 55 million people used Pureit.

2 Truliva (formerly Qinyuan) is not yet included in our calculation of litres of safe drinking water provided.

Providing safe drinking water

Improve access to sanitation

By 2020 we will help 25 million people gain improved access to a toilet by promoting the benefits of using clean toilets and by making toilets accessible.

Over 2012-2019, we helped over 28 million people gain improved access to a toilet.*


Our perspective

When we added this target to the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan in 2014, we became the first company to make a commitment to improving sanitation on this scale. By the end of 2019, we had helped over 28 million people gain improved access to a toilet* – reaching and surpassing our 2020 target of 25 million people a year ahead of schedule.

We have worked in partnership with global children’s organisation UNICEF on sanitation issues since 2012. When people buy a specially-marked bottle of Domestos, they don’t just buy unbeatable germ-kill for their home, they are also supporting UNICEF’s work to help every child have access to a cleaner, safer toilet. For each bottle of Domestos bought, we are donating 5% of proceeds to UNICEF’s sanitation improvement programmes.

Sanitation is one of the most complex areas of development, so we are working with partners to roll out quality sanitation programmes with increasing speed and scale. Building toilets, while crucial, is not enough. We also need to change how people think and feel about having a toilet or access to a toilet, as well as teach how to keep a toilet clean so they feel comfortable using it.

As well as our work with UNICEF, we rolled out the Cleaner Toilets, Brighter Futures programme in schools in 2018. We’re working with janitors, teachers and children so that once toilets are clean and usable, they can be kept that way. So far, our Cleaner Toilets, Brighter Futures programme in schools has helped 693 schools – more than 70,000 children – achieve cleaner, safer toilets.

* Results are reported by UNICEF in accordance with its methodology and includes reach from direct and indirect initiatives over 2012-2019; and also includes Clean Toilets, Brighter Futures reach of over 70,000 children in 2018-2019.

The Domestos reach reported in our Annual Report & Accounts 2019 was under-reported and should say “Domestos has built on its partnership with UNICEF, which helped more than 28 million people (between 2012 and 2019) access better sanitation and hygiene”.

Scaling sanitation solutions for a better tomorrow

Improve oral health

We will use our toothpaste and toothbrush brands and oral health improvement programmes to encourage children and their parents to brush day and night. We aim to reach 50 million people by 2020.

We achieved our target early, reaching over 50 million people. By 2019, our total increased to over 102 million. We reached over 19 million people in 2019.


Our perspective

Smile’s (our oral care masterbrand which encompasses Signal, Pepsodent, Mentadent, Aim and P/S) purpose, to eradicate preventable oral disease so everyone can unlock the power of their smile, is at the heart of what the brand does. That’s why, for over 25 years, Smile has been running its Brush Day & Night educational school programme, which is proven to have improved the oral care habits of millions of people globally.

Worldwide, we’ve reached a total of 102 million people through our Brush Day & Night educational programme, free dental checks and TV adverts promoting the importance of oral health and hygiene.

Research shows that long-term brushing habits are best forged during childhood, so we focus on instilling good habits from an early age, and encourage positive parental role modelling. Our Brush Day & Night campaign, a fun and engaging 21-day school programme, has been proven to increase the twice-daily brushing frequency of children by 25%. These Brush Day & Night materials are available on the brand website, so anyone can get involved in teaching good brushing habits for life.

Improving oral health

Improve self-esteem

With our Dove brand we are helping millions of young people to build up positive body confidence and self-esteem through educational programmes.



  • By 2015 we aimed to help 15 million young people. In fact, we reached nearly 20 million by 2015, and in 2016 we extended our target to help another 60 million young people by 2020.

19.5 million young people received our help between 2005-2015. By 2018, we reached over 35 million. We achieved our target a year ahead of schedule in 2019, reaching over 60 million young people.


Our perspective

We achieved our 2015 target a year early with a reach of 20 million. To uphold our longstanding commitment, in 2016 we extended our target to reach another 20 million young people – an overall aim to reach a total of 40 million by 2020. In 2019, we surpassed our target a year ahead of schedule by increasing our total reach to over 60 million young people: around 41 million through our on-ground Dove Self-Esteem Project and over 21 million through the Cartoon Network on a Steven Universe series.

In 2019, we launched Project #ShowUs, an image library that is created and curated exclusively by women, female-identifying and non-binary individuals. A year in the making, the collection is available now for the media and advertising industries to view, license and use. We’re working with global media partners – including Vogue, Stylist and Glamour magazines – to change the landscape of what women see in the media.

As well as using educational tools, Dove is working to create broader societal and environmental systemic change through advocacy. Dove is one of four co-founders of the CROWN (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) Coalition, which is working to pass legislation that bans hair discrimination in schools and workplaces across the US.

We launched the Dove ‘No Digital Distortion’ Mark in 2018, which works as a stamp to assure people that the image they’re looking at has not being digitally altered to fit the ideals of what beauty is and isn’t. The symbol features in Dove's imagery across print, outdoor, in-store, digital and social media.

We built on this in 2019 when Dove began working in partnership with others in the US, to call for the introduction of industry regulations and tax incentives around beauty used in advertising, tackle weight discrimination, and advocate for the sale of diet pills to children under the age of 18 to be banned.

In 2019, we also announced a new three-year partnership between Dove and UNICEF to help 10 million more young people gain self-esteem and body confidence through new educational modules. The modules will be implemented as part of UNICEF’s wider adolescent life skills programmes for 10-18 year-olds in Brazil, India and Indonesia.

Building body confidence and self-esteem

Help improve skin healing

Through our Vaseline Healing Project, we aim to help heal the skin of 5 million people by 2020.

By 2019, we reached over 5 million people through our Vaseline® Healing Project.

New target 2017


Our perspective

By the end of 2019, we reached over 5 million people through our Vaseline Healing Project, achieving our target a year ahead of schedule.

The Vaseline Healing Project has helped heal the skin of people since 2015 across 79 countries through donations of Vaseline products and relief missions to provide skin care treatment and training for local healthcare workers.

Over the last five years, the Vaseline Healing Project has provided training to 1,956 healthcare professionals and diagnosis and treatment to 17,051 individuals in 12 countries. In 2019, volunteer dermatologists provided free diagnoses and care to more than 7,400 people who would not have had access to such treatment otherwise. Volunteer dermatologists also trained 603 health care professionals in Indonesia, Peru, Nigeria, and South Africa, enabling them to diagnose and treat common dermatological conditions.

In areas of prolonged need, we provide support through skin care missions and product donations. In 2019, we supported communities in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian and in California during the wildfires. We also helped communities in Mozambique following Cyclone Idai.

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