Health & hygiene

An ambitious target

An ambitious target

Products such as soap and toothpaste can help prevent disease and improve health and well-being, ultimately helping to save lives. But this relies on people changing their everyday habits.

Our brands have built health, hygiene and well-being into their identity since the launch of Lifebuoy soap, over 100 years ago. As part of our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, we have set ourselves a bold new target to help more than a billion people to improve their hygiene habits and bring safe drinking water to 500 million people by 2020.

Our strategy

Achieving improvements in health & hygiene relies on people changing their everyday habits.

Building a hygienic toilet block in Vietnam, 2012

Health & hygiene strategy

Targets & performance

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

Red doors on men and womens toilets

Targets & performance

Promoting handwashing

Washing hands with soap at the right times can save lives.

Unilever promoting handwashing

Promoting handwashing

Improving oral health

Our products help consumers maintain good oral hygiene.

Pagi & Melam, the faces of Pepsodent in Indonesia

Improving oral health

Improving self-esteem

Our Dove and Vaseline brands are helping millions of young people to improve their self-esteem.

Two young girls with facing away from the camera

Improving self-esteem

Safe drinking water

Water-borne diseases can be life-threatening. We are focused on finding an affordable source.

Safe drinking water

Safe drinking water

Better sanitation

We are promoting better sanitation in the world's poorest countries.

Better sanitation

Hygiene partnerships

Strategic partnerships help us achieve our goals.

Read more on our work with partner organisations.