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Essity, as a leading global Hygiene and Health company, has a mission to sustainably develop, produce, market and sell value-added hygiene and health solutions which improve people’s well-being. To support this vision, Essity continuously follows the societal developments and takes part in the public debate on issues related to hygiene and health as well as a sustainable and circular society.
For example, we work with raising hygiene and health standards around the globe, raise awareness and breaking taboos. We continuously monitor, evaluate and anticipate changes in the environment in the form of political decisions and amended regulations in the areas where we have expertise, can contribute and are of particular importance for our business.
Essity works together with various actors such as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO:s) on both environmental and social issues, Inter Governmental Organizations (IGO:s) such as the United Nations, World Health Organization, European Union, OECD etc. as well as with trade and industry associations.
With our partners we collaborate in gathering knowledge and insights, using our different perspectives, collective competences and resources, to find solutions to societal challenges and drive global change in for example raising hygiene and health standards, thereby improving well-being and the lives of millions worldwide. With our partners such as the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the United Nations Global Compact Health Action Platform, as well as the United Nations Foundation, we share knowledge and raise awareness about what is needed to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our work with awareness raising and breaking taboos is one example of how Essity can play an important role in society and be an actor in the public debate. In 2018 we educated about 2.5 million people about hygiene and health, including teaching children the importance of hand hygiene, young women about puberty as well as educating people and staff at nursing homes about incontinence.
As members of trade associations, we work continuously to monitor, evaluate and anticipate changes in our business environment in the form of political decisions, public policy directions and amended regulations in the areas that are of particular importance for our business and operations. The aim is to gain early knowledge of and contribute actively to the development of areas that are significant to our operations. Trade associations are typically non-profit and maintain the autonomy of their corporate members, and address industry concerns in legislative processes and policy shaping. They often participate in standard-setting and self-regulatory processes. Trade associations can also help communicate the sector’s actions to consumers, other non-profit actors and governments.
Environmental issues are of importance to Essity. Some key areas are: circular economy, climate and energy, fiber sourcing, issues relating to waste, plastics, transparency, as well as emissions to water and air.
The public sector is both a significant customer and an important stakeholder group for Essity. The company is therefore working actively on matters relating to health and medical care, e.g. incontinence care often linked to elderly care as well as wound care sometimes linked to certain chronic diseases. By complying with and contributing to the development of relevant regulations, Essity shares its experience garnered from existing systems to decision-makers in countries where new structures are being built or existing systems reformed. An example of this is the development of systems for subsidized prescription of incontinence aids in countries where such benefits were not offered in the past. Similarly, Essity monitors developments in regulations covering medical solutions.
As mentioned above, Essity believes that it is important to engage in constructive dialogue with external actors. In Essity's Code of Conduct it is stated that Essity is politically neutral and does not make payments or donations in any kind to political parties or candidates, or their institutions, agencies or representatives.
In the PDF-file there is a list of the major organizations and trade associations of which Essity is a member of or a partner to (including membership fees). Please note that this list is not all-encompassing.
Public Affairs is a term used to describe an organization’s relationship with external stakeholders. These are individuals or groups with an interest in, and impact on an organization’s business and operations such as; decision makers of public policy, public authorities, trade associations, think tanks, business groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), inter-governmental organizations (IGOs) and the media. Public policy refers to any requirement or criterion determined by national and international authorities which has an impact on private citizens, commercial or non-commercial actors.