Working with UNICEF

By changing attitudes within a community you’re much more likely to achieve a permanently clean and healthy environment. That's what we've joined forces with UNICEF to do.


In many communities around the world people still have to defecate in the open, suffering its indignities, but unaware of its dangers. UNICEF’s Community Approaches to Sanitation (CATS) programme creates local advocates who understand the importance of hygiene and can bring it about.  Thanks to our partnership, 665,000 people now live in Open-Defecation Free communities.


Thanks to the global partnership between Unilever and UNICEF, 1,320,000 people have been reached through the community-based sanitation programme, helping to ensure improved health, safety, and dignity.

  • The UNICEF, Domestos and Unilever Foundation partnership is now in its fourth year. As a result of our first three years of partnership, 1,320,000 people have been reached with behaviour change sanitation programmes. Of these, 655,000 people are now living in open defecation free communities, benefiting from improved health, safety and dignity.

  • In the 2,000+ communities that are now open defecation free, women and girls now have basic sanitation, ensuring that they have the freedom to relieve themselves without the risk of shame, harassment or attack.

  • 69,000 school children have benefited from sanitation and hygiene education programmes in 260 schools, meaning fewer sick days and more children staying in school leading to improved learning.

  • In South Africa, the partnership has reached over 75,000 children in 243 schools with health and hygiene education. These programmes help to ensure children practice good hygiene at school, meaning fewer sick days and more children staying in school, leading to improved learning.

  • Domestos (known as Vim in Brazil) is also supporting the Government of Brazil to roll out its ‘Municipal Seal’ programme for schools, indirectly helping to improve water, sanitation and hygiene in schools in Brazil for an estimated 945,000 children every year.

There’s still plenty more to do – and you can help. Keep an eye on our website for details on how you can support the the UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programme in the next year.

(*Figures are based on actual reported beneficiaries reached to-date in conjunction with funds dispersed in 2012 -2014)


Over a million people have been reached through our sanitation programmes.


  • I - WHO/UNICEF JMP. Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation. 2014 Update

  • II - WHO/UNICEF JMP. Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation. 2014 Update

  • III - Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimate (IGME) 2014, led by UNICEF and WHO

  • IV - UNICEF 2013 annual  report

  • V - Estimated with data from Diarrhoea: Why children are still dying and what can be done. UNICEF, WHO 2009

*This is part of Domestos’ ambition to help 25 million people gain improved access to a toilet by 2020. Every Domestos bottle specially marked bottle with the UNICEF disclaimer will support UNICEF’s sanitation program in the period from June to November, every year.