Global hygiene campaign reaches 1 billion people

20 April 2021 | Muriel Cozier

Unilever and UK Government initiative protects vulnerable communities around the world

A hygiene campaign launched by SCI Corporate partner Unilever and the UK Government to tackle the spread of covid-19 has reached one billion people globally. The partnership has provided soap, sanitiser, surface disinfectants, hygiene advice, and access to hand washing facilities to people in 100 countries, especially in areas where there is little or no sanitation. It is said to be the world’s largest hygiene campaign aimed at tackling the spread of covid-19.

According to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Unilever and the Government have worked with the United Nations (UN), charities, and other partners to train 140,000 staff to deliver hygiene skills in their communities and install 500,000 hand washing stations around the world including in Bangladesh and Iraq. In addition, 75 million Unilever hygiene products have been delivered to countries in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, South East Asia and the Middle East, and information campaigns have been run in 37 countries to highlight the importance of hand washing and disinfecting surfaces in stopping the spread of the virus.

Rebecca Marmot, Chief Sustainability Officer at Unilever, said: ‘Our business has a century-long history of promoting hygiene through our brands, but this unprecedented crisis called for an unprecedented response. Public-private partnership has been critical, allowing us to leverage the influence, expertise and networks of both government and business, and our strong network of NGO and UN partners, at home and overseas.’

Karen Hobbs, Head of Strategic Partnerships at SCI, added: ‘The UK Government-Unilever Partnership demonstrates another example of the innovative and rapid response from an SCI Corporate Partner organisation to assist in tackling the covid-19 pandemic. Congratulations to Unilever and all other partners involved in delivering such incredible reach in this campaign.’

If you would like to discuss joining any of SCI’s Partnership schemes, which also include SME Partnership, Academic Partnership and Associate Membership, please contact SCI’s Head of Strategic Partnerships, Karen Hobbs (, to learn more.

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