Materiality analysis

Part of the basis for Essity’s strategy work consists of a materiality analysis where Essity and the company’s stakeholders rank the issues and other areas that are perceived as being important for the company.

Essity conducts a double materiality analysis, in which entails the use of a centrally coordinated strategy process to analyze how the company influences its external environment and the potential impact of the external environment on the business.

The first step consists of the risk analysis, which ranks the impact of business risks on the Group’s ability to achieve set targets. In this step, the probability and consequence of the impact of the risks are evaluated. Read more about the risk management process and risks in the chapters Risks and risk management and Climate-related risks and opportunities. In the second stage, the company distributes a web-based survey every second year to Essity’s stakeholder groups; customers, consumers, suppliers, employees, investors, analysts, non-profit organizations and decision-makers.

The survey asks the stakeholders to rank the most important topics. The latest survey was conducted in 2021, and resulted in approximately 600 answers. In addition to the materiality analysis, Essity maintains a continuous dialogue at Board of Directors meetings, meetings with shareholders and in daily contacts with customers and consumers, employees, suppliers and decision-makers, among others. The materiality analysis and these dialogues form part of supporting documentation in Essity’s strategy work.

The results of the materiality analysis from 2021 are presented in the graph below. This summarizes and ranks all topics that are considered strategically important for the company. Interest increased for topics such as digitalization, health and well-being, as well as responsible sourcing and product safety. These topics received the highest ranking, together with innovation, climate action and business ethics, which stakeholders also considered most important in previous years.

A more comprehensive account of all topics in the survey and how it was implemented can be found at There is also a presentation of the process and changes the company continuously undertakes in the selection, grouping and description of the topics assessed by stakeholders.

Mother and child (photo)

Essity’s materiality analysis

Essity’s materiality analysis (graphic)
The stakeholders’ ranking of the subject areas



Read more on pages



CEO’s message
Business model
Innovating leading brands
Targets and Outcomes
Reduced environmental impact
H4. Innovation

Climate action


Climate-related risks and opportunities
Reduced environmental impact
H10. Energy and emissions to air: Scope 1 and 2
H11. Climate impact and Science Based Targets

Business ethics


Business ethics and human rights
H2. Business ethics

Health and well-being


Improved well-being



Sustainability governance

Attractive and responsible employer


Attractive and engaging employer
H12. Employees
H13. Health and safety
H14. Certifications

Plastic and waste


Recycling and less plastic use
H9. Packaging, plastics and waste

Human rights


Business ethics and human rights
H2. Business ethics

Responsible sourcing and safe products


Improved well-being
Business ethics and human rights
H3. Responsible sourcing

Corporate governance


Corporate governance
Governance at Essity

Customer relations


External environment and market
Materiality analysis
H5. Customers and consumers
The Essity brand



External environment and market
Accelerating digitalization

Efficient supply chain


Risks and risk management – Suppliers

Risk management


Risks and risk management
Climate-related risks and opportunities



Personal Care
Consumer Tissue
Professional Hygiene

Market positions


Innovating leading brands

Forests and biodiversity


Reduced environmental impact – Biodiversity and ecosystems

Laws and regulations


Business ethics and human rights
Governance at Essity – Rules and regulations



Reduced environmental impact – Biodiversity and ecosystems
H8. Water

Cyber and information security


Risks and risk management – Information and IT