Working for the greater good

Working for the greater good.

Every day and for more than 175 years, we have worked to improve lives around the world.

Whether it’s providing basic essentials for families displaced by disaster or supporting hygiene education, we aim to improve the health and well-being of all the communities we touch. We have two core focus areas for our social responsibility corporate and brands programmes: Health and Hygiene and Comforts of Home.

Health & Hygiene

P&G and our brands are delivering programmes that promote healthy behaviours that can prevent illness and improve confidence for people in need. With hand washing, tooth brushing and personal hygiene instruction combined with improved access to sanitation facilities, children and teens learn the value of healthy hygiene habits and the positive results in adopting healthy behaviours. A number of our beauty care brands have programmes that provide their brand benefits to promote health and confidence.

Below are some of our Health and Hygiene programmes:

Children’s Safe Drinking Water Programme

The Children’s Safe Drinking Water Programme (CSDW) helps improve the health of children and their families in developing countries by providing clean water. P&G’s water purification technology (invented by British P&G Scientist Dr. Phil Souter) enables people anywhere in the world to purify dirty water in a simple, affordable and convenient way. Working with organizations like CARE, ChildFund, PSI, Save the Children and World Vision, our partners help us to provide children and families in developing countries with clean drinking water.

On 5 May 2016, P&G celebrated an important milestone – 10 billion litres of clean drinking water have now been distributed, touching and improving lives in more than 75 countries.

A boy holds up two glasses of water.

Pampers Vaccination Programme

Pampers and UNICEF [#PampersUNICEF] have been working together for 10 years to vaccinate women and children around the world from maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), resulting in the elimination of MNT from in 17 countries*, saving the lives of an estimated 500,000 newborns and protecting 100 million women and their babies from the deadly disease.

*Since the Pampers–UNICEF partnership began in 2006, Pampers funding has helped to eliminate MNT in 17 countries: Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Lao PDR, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritania, Myanmar, Senegal, Tanzania, Timor Leste, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

Mother gets vaccinated

Always #LikeAGirl

P&G and Always have kicked off an epic battle to make sure that girls everywhere keep their confidence throughout puberty and beyond, and making a start by showing them that doing things #LIKEAGIRL is downright amazing.

What does it mean to do things #LIKEAGIRL? Using #LIKEAGIRL as an insult is a hard knock against any adolescent girl. And since the rest of puberty's really no picnic either, it's easy to see what a huge impact it can have on a girl's self-confidence.

Learn more about Always #LikeAGirl

Always Like a Girl

Comforts of Home

P&G provides the everyday essentials that help create the experience of home for families who can’t afford them or who have been displaced. We leverage the strength of our partner organizations to deliver programmes which help address both short-term and long-term housing-related issues including those associated with sanitation and water and our employees team up as volunteers through our P&G Community Connect programme to help charities and communities close to our P&G sites across the UK and Ireland.

Here are a few of our Comforts of Home programmes :

Disaster Relief

Our commitment to support victims after widespread disasters is a natural expression of our Purpose to improve lives. Our response is anchored in product donations and in the UK we work with In Kind Direct. In the event of large-scale, global disasters, we have developed mobile relief units to provide products and services directly to those in the most highly impacted areas. From our soap and personal hygiene products to our laundry, nappy and cleaning products, our brands can help restore a sense of normalcy to the disrupted lives of those caught in the aftermath of a disaster.

Woman receives a Tide Pods canister.

In Kind Direct - Product Giving for Social Good

P&G UK and Ireland have partnered with In Kind Direct since 2002. In Kind Direct are a charity set-up HRH The Prince of Wales to provide manufacturers and retailers with a new way to help the communities where they live and work by donating surplus goods. P&G have been working with In Kind Direct since 2002 and have donated products with a total estimated retail value of £42 million as at end Dec 2015. From January to December 2015, we made 21 donations of stock benefitting 2,054 voluntary and community organisations.

Learn more about In Kind Direct

Builder gives a thumbs-up to the camera

Save the Children

We are very proud to have worked with Save the Children UK over the last three years and have donated a total of £390,000 to help fund the Save the Children’s Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! programme (ESLP!), which supports children living in the most severe poverty. Crisis grants are awarded to provide household essentials, such as a child's bed, a cooker, or toys and books, to low income families who simply can't afford to buy these items themselves. Our donation (from April 2015 – December 2015) awarded 643 ESLP! grants, reaching 1,350 children across Hackney, Manchester, Liverpool, Sandwell, Newcastle, Glasgow, Swansea, Newport and Northern Ireland.

Learn more about Save the Children’s Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! Programme

Save the Children

A brief look at some of our other CSR programmes

Fairy Bake-A-Wish Cake Sale Raises £150,000 to help Make-A-Wish UK | Gillette partner with The Movember Foundation – the global charity “committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising £402 million and funding over 1,000 projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity” | Ariel has recently joined forces with clothing sustainability campaign Love Your Clothes (developed by WRAP) to launch: Know Your Care Labels #InsideOut Challenge | Some of our brands partnered to support Sainsbury’s Sport Relief 2016 | P&G partnered with SuperDrug for #FeelSuper Campaign: Frankie Bridge reunited with P&G earlier this year to help raise £200,000 in our second successful fundraising campaign | P&G UK and Ireland is a Founding Member of and very proud to partner with Look Good Feel Better UK (LGFB), who are are dedicated to improving the self-esteem, confidence and wellbeing of people undergoing treatment for any sort of cancer, with the aim to improve their self-image and appearance through free group and self-help skincare and make-up. P&G’s support includes product donations, logistics, professional expertise, volunteers and fundraising. Our Bournemouth Distribution Centre take delivery of the donated product from member companies, pick and pack the products and arrange for the transport and delivery of the goody bags to the various Workshops and Masterclasses | Grocery Aid - is the trading name of the National Grocers' Benevolent Fund (NGBF). The charity was founded in 1857 and currently looks after thousands of grocery people. | P&G and celebrity mum Nadia Sawalha and her teenage daughter Maddie, have joined forces with Boots and trusted brands including Always, Gillette, Tampax and Venus as well as Boots Tea tree and Witch Hazel to reach out to parents across the UK with the tools and tips they need to have the all-important ‘teen conversation’ in new #TeenTalk campaign

Fairy Bake