H5. Role in society and community relations
Essity strives to be a dedicated partner in the local communities in which it operates. In 2020, Essity reached out to people in several countries who were particularly vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic through a collaboration with the Red Cross. Essity also increased the company’s commitment in the Global Handwashing Partnership, under the leadership of the WHO and UNICEF. As part of a collaboration with UNICEF in Mexico, Essity launched a virtual initiative to educate thousands of girls, boys, teachers and parents about hand hygiene and hygiene in relation to menstruation.
Essity invested approximately SEK 49m (38; 18) and about 764 work hours (including staff management) in over 300 projects in 2020. Most of the projects were related to hygiene and health.
Essity’s steering documents for community relations state that Essity shall be politically and religiously neutral. The company must not make payments or product donations to political parties or candidates, or their institutions, agencies or representatives. Essity did not support any organizations or projects with political or religious aims in 2020.