Learn how Unilever is partnering with Clean The World to improve health and reduce disease through the simple act of handwashing with soap.
For many, the routine act of using soap to wash your hands is simply not an option, and millions of children all over the world feel the negative impacts. Through conscious change in hygiene and consumption, together we can make handwashing with soap commonplace for those most vulnerable.
Collaboration for a Change in Cleanliness
As outlined in the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, we are aiming to help more than 1 billion people improve their health and well-being by 2020. That's a big goal--but with our Clean The World partnership, a steadfast commitment to making cleanliness commonplace and a conscious change in consumption, we can help reduce two fatal--yet preventable--diseases: pneumonia and influenza. Myriam Sidibe, Global Social Mission Director for Unilever global brand Lifebuoy®, addressed this pressing issue at the September 17th TED@Unilever talk:
"6.6 million children never make it to their fifth birthday...and most of these deaths are preventable. Handwashing with soap keeps kids in school and babies from dying. Handwashing with soap is one of the most cost-effective ways of saving a child's life."
In the U.S. more than 1 million bars of soap are discarded each year and 2 million children suffer the fatal consequences of preventable diseases annually. To take the first steps in joining the movement, watch this revealing video from Lifebuoy and encourage others to spread the word. Even though just one day--October 15th--is specifically dedicated to recognizing the issue, solving the problem requires unwavering commitment.