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Global Handwashing Day


Global Handwashing Day is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases. Essity and Global Handwashing Partnership have advocated and educated for clean hands and proper hand hygiene for all for many years.

During the COVID-19 pandemic it became obvious to the world that proper hand hygiene can save lives for people everywhere. Unfortunately, there are still millions of people in many parts of the world that do not even have access to proper hand hygiene facilities. We aim to create awareness around this, and how important proper hand hygiene is throughout your day, no matter where you are or who you are. 

On this page you find several insights, stories and links – and together with Tork, our leading professional hygiene brand – we have actively been doing a lot of work on setting the new hygiene standard and help our customers and users with proper training and solutions. Tork – New Hygiene Standards

“Our Future is at Hand – Let’s Move Forward Together!”

Podcast: Ctrl-Alt-Clean

How can interpreting data keep people hygienic? In a time of never before seen hygienic awareness, smart and data driven machines like Tork EasyCube® are working with us to ensure safer and more efficient handling of hygiene supplies and cleaning processes.

Listen to our podcast Ctrl-Alt-Clean on Spotify. With speakers from Dubai Airport, Cardiff University, Ingenuity House & Interserve Estate, and Tork & Essity.

Podcast: Power of Hands

68% of us have changed the way we wash our hands due to the spread of COVID-19. In this episode, we travel back to Vienna in 1847 to get acquainted with obstetrician Ignaz Semmelweis – known as the father of hand hygiene. We also discuss the future of the handshake and hand hygiene.

Listen to our podcast Power of Hands on Spotify. With speakers from William Paterson University, Doctors without Borders, Michelin Restaurants, Research Institutes, Health Experts and Essity.

Facts about handwashing impact according to Global Handwashing Partnership factsheet
  • Handwashing can reduce diarrheal diseases by 30% to 48%.

  • Handwashing can reduce acute respiratory infections by 20%.

  • Handwashing is also key in the fight against COVID-19. Handwashing with soap destroys the outer membrane of the virus and thereby inactivates it.

  • One study found that regular handwashing with soap can reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 infection by 36%.
Global Handwashing Partnership

We are an active partner to Global Handwashing Partnership who works to save children’s lives and improve health by promoting handwashing with soap. These days, we realize more than ever that washing hands can help you prevent from getting infections and even save lives.

This year’s theme is ‘Our Future is at Hand – Let’s Move Forward Together!’ and on this site you will find lots of insights, tips and links to more information about proper handwashing.

New hygiene standards

Find out more about the new hygiene standards. Our toolbox from Tork contains tips, posters, education and other content to help you keep your and your close ones hygienic and clean.

Gambling with hygiene?

Ever wondered what the more hygienic and safer option is to hand drying? There is really only one alternative, check out our film. For more info on why and how, check out this Tork hand drying site.

About the Hygiene and Health Survey

In this global websurvey, we gather insights from general public from ~15,000 respondents in 15 countries aged 16-85 years. The most recent Hygiene and Health survey covers a wide variety of topics from sustainability, public hygiene, incontinence and menstruation, and general health stigma’s. This study highlights attitudes, behaviors and mindsets around a broad range of hygiene and health areas. The field research was carried out Dec 2019 to Jan 2020, and was complemented in July 2020 with a deep dive in 10 countries around hygiene and health questions around the Corona pandemic.​


Essity and its brand Tork are advocates for hand hygiene in the critical moments as determined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Good hand hygiene has a big influence on health and well-being of our loved ones for everyone. We aim to inform people about the critical moments of handwashing and proper handwashing methods with water and soap, preventing over-use of disinfectants, sanitizers and handwashing when this is not needed

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