World Impact

ISSA Hygieia Network

Women should not face gender discrimination and should always enjoy opportunities for advancement solely on merit. Sadly this is not always the case and, exacerbating the problem, women at all levels are often less confident requesting the tools and training required for continuous professional development. 

The ISSA Hygieia Network aims to reverse this invidious social conditioning and provide an empowering and supportive network that allows talent to shine and develop regardless of gender. 

Soap for Hope

Over 7 million children die each year from diseases that can be prevented with simple hand washing. And every year, a typical 400-room hotel generates 3.5 tons of solid soap waste. That waste either goes to landfill, or is shipped to a global recycling facility, costing hotels hefty fees. 

That’s why we started Soap for Hope, which teaches at-risk communities to salvage the hotels' soap slivers and turn them into new soap bars.

Linens for Life

Linens for Life has a simple but powerful objective: to empower people displaced by disasters with support from Diversey and its hotel customers. With this program, several families in a community are able to earn a small livelihood by converting linens discarded by hotels into new and useful items that they can sell. At the same time, hotels can recycle their unwanted linens in a way that makes a real difference, helping people who have lost everything in a natural disaster and who reside in refugee camps.

Communities receive basic training on how to sew and use sewing machines donated by Diversey. A local charity is trained to operate the program. Once trained, they can work at a refugee camp’s communal building to give a new lease on life to the linen donated by the hotels. Items created include pillow cases, tote bags and simple clothing, which are then sold to earn a small income for the people who made them.

MERS-CoV Outbreak

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were more than 837 confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), including 291 deaths, by July 2014. And this number is continuing to grow. Furthermore, since there’s currently no medical treatment for those with MERS-CoV, preventing transmission is essential for containing the virus.

In response to this growing health concern, Diversey created and launched a MERS Prevention and Outbreak Response Toolkit. This resource provides knowledge and tools while highlighting key prevention strategies including hand hygiene and surface cleaning and disinfection to help address the pathogen. With this holistic approach to sustainability, Diversey helped provide the means to limit MERS-CoV outbreaks and prevent them from escalating to a global threat.