Annual and
Sustainability Report 2017

Hygiene and health are essential to people’s well-being.

We at Essity are dedicated to improving well-being through leading hygiene and health solutions.

Welcome to

Essity improves people’s well-being

CEO’s message

“Essity targets continued growth, both organically and through acquisitions, at the same time as we improve profitability.”

Magnus Groth
President and CEO

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This is Essity

  • Net sales 2017
    109,265 SEKm
  • Sales in approximately
    150 countries
  • Adjusted EBITA1) 2017
    13,405 SEKm
  • Employees, approximately
    48,000 around the world

1)Operating profit before amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, excluding items affecting comparability.

Our three business areas

Personal Care

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Consumer Tissue

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Professional Hygiene

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The year at a glance

Net sales 2017

by region
by country, SEKm

Essity educated more than 2.5 million in hygiene and health

  • 100,000


    More than 100,000 parents-to-be took part in courses on breastfeeding, nutrition and hygiene, and how childbirth affects women and women’s bodies.

  • 300,000


    Almost 300,000 children and young people took part in courses about hand hygiene through initiatives in schools, and via the popular and educational app “Ella’s hand washing adventure”.

  • 100,000


    More than 100,000 nurses and other caregivers were trained in incontinence care, skincare, dementia, lymphology and wound care across the globe.

Key figures 2017

Net sales
109,265 SEKm
Adjusted operating profit1)
12,845 SEKm
Operating cash flow
12,723 SEKm
Organic sales
+1.2 %
Adjusted operating margin1)
11.8 %
Earnings per share
11.56 SEK

1)Excluding items affecting comparability.

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Our strengths

  • Leader in an attractive and growing hygiene and health market
  • Strong presence in emerging markets
  • Leading market positions and strong brands
  • Successful innovations
  • Focus on efficiency improvements and cost savings
  • Profitable growth and strong cash flow
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The Essity brand and our initiatives

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