About Essity

We sustainably develop, produce, market and sell personal care and tissue products. We are dedicated to improving well-being through leading health and hygiene solutions, while our mission is to sustainably develop, produce, market and sell value-added hygiene and health products and services.

Our North American headquarters are in Philadelphia, with 200 employees, and while we do business in 150 countries, with 48,000 global employees, we also have U.S. operations in Alabama, Arizona, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. In North America, we produce the Tork® line of napkins, hand towels, toilet paper, soap and wiper products used in commercial settings such as office buildings, restaurants, schools and healthcare facilities. Chances are you have used our Tork napkins at a major sporting venue or fast food restaurant near you.

Our TENA® line of incontinence care products is used by consumers at home and in healthcare facilities, and are sold in supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide.

Every day, hundreds of millions of people rely on our hygiene products to live healthier lives. Through our Hygiene Matters initiative, we are raising awareness of the connection between hygiene, health and well-being, contributing to better hygiene standards around the world, and continue to explore how we can shed light on important perspectives related to hygiene that are being ignored or left unspoken. Hygiene is of utmost importance to us, and we partner with organizations like the United Nations Foundation to support hygiene initiatives.

Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller

Project Manager
“It’s so cool to see the kids excited about learning proper handwashing techniques—they love to participate and ask questions! I’m proud of my team for creating a fun, colorful and creative way to teach this crucial health and hygiene skill.”
Stephanie Gebhart

Stephanie Gebhart

Creative Director
"I am very excited to aid in the creation of the program! As a mother to Pre-K and Toddler daughters, I see healthy handwashing habits as essential skills to teach at a young age to equip children with tools that they need for healthy lifestyles in the future."
Heather M. Murphy, Ph.D., P.Eng

Heather M. Murphy, Ph.D., P.Eng

Sanitation Evaluator
"I am excited about the project because it allows me to use my knowledge and skills that I developed working with UNICEF and apply it locally at home in evaluating the program in the schools of Philadelphia. It is particularly interesting to me personally because I also have kids that are 3 and 5 and I…
Deirdre Dingman, DrPH, MPH, CHES

Deirdre Dingman, DrPH, MPH, CHES

Principal Investigator
"I am excited to be a part of this team because the program is innovative and has the potential to reduce the spread of illness – always a good thing! I am happy to partner on this project with Dr. Murphy who has expertise in hand sanitation and hygiene."
Who we are

Meet Our Partners


Essity partnered with the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) in 2018 to pilot its first handwashing education program in North America. In October 2016, Essity met with the SDP for the first time to learn about the handwashing education needs of the district. The head school nurse administrator confirmed that poor hand hygiene, which leads to student illness and absenteeism, was a concern. It was also noted that SDP was without a dedicated program to educate students in this area. Essity introduced a handwashing education program for SDP’s Pre-K students as a result.  SDP is the eighth largest school district in the nation, by enrollment. Essity’s North American headquarters is located in Philadelphia.


Temple University conducted a study related to Essity’s pilot handwashing education program with the School District of Philadelphia. Temple’s team of researchers evaluated Essity’s program, which was conducted in two Pre-K schools in the School District of Philadelphia in early 2018. The Temple team will share the study results in late 2018, which will feature an evaluation of the effectiveness of the program, to include handwashing knowledge and quality of handwashing and impact on reported absences and illness. 


The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia is an independent 501(c)3 not for profit organization that serves as a fiscal intermediary between the private sector and the Philadelphia public education system. Essity partnered with the Fund as a part of establishing its relationship with the School District of Philadelphia to launch the handwashing education program. Essity shares the Fund’s commitment to supporting the success of the students of the School District of Philadelphia.


The Global Handwashing Partnership (GHP) is a nonprofit coalition committed to promoting handwashing with soap on a large scale. Through advocacy initiatives such as Global Handwashing Day, the GHP aims to drive forward, develop, and share knowledge to strengthen handwashing implementation. Essity is a Supporter of the GHP, which has provided input on Essity’s handwashing education program.