CSR Excellence Awards 2023

Best Hygiene & Infection Prevention Cleaning Solutions Company - South East Asia & Best Personal Hygiene Circular Economy Initiative (South East Asia): Soap For Hope™ Following the acquisition of Diversey by Solenis in July 2023, the company is now a more diversified company with significantly increased scale, broader global reach, and the ability to offer a ‘one-stop shop’ suite of solutions that meets customer demand and addresses water management, cleaning and hygiene issues on a global basis. Diversey – A Solenis Company is a corporation that has spent over 100 years in existence supplying cleaning, hygiene products, and technologies to the hospitality, healthcare, food and beverage, retail, and facility management markets. Whether it’s delivering specialised services, chemicals, or digital solutions, the company remains true to its throughline – to conserve natural resources, all while reducing wastage across various mediums. Be it water or energy, Diversey is determined to reshape the future of the world through conservation and is set on becoming the leader in cleaning solutions that will guide us toward a cleaner, safer, and more sustainable way of living. “Diversey’s purpose is to go beyond clean to take care of what’s precious through leading hygiene, infection prevention, and cleaning solutions,” said Sherif Fahmy, Diversey’s SouthEast Asia Vice President. He explained that these are the words that inspire Diversey each and every day – words that have already played a crucial role in helping the company develop innovative products, services, and technologies that are wholly designed to save lives, while simultaneously protecting the environment. Finding such a balance is a tricky task indeed, and yet Diversey has become a master of leveraging its exceptional, fully integrated suite of solutions to serve customers in over 100 countries. So far, Diversey has touched the lives of over 85,000 customers via its end-to-end repeatable services, synonymising them with kind, yet relentless, excellence. Since its inception, Diversey has noted that over 2.5 billion people worldwide lack proper sanitation – a statistic that’s beyond staggering to hear. Hand washing is the single most effective way of upkeeping one’s health, in terms of both economic and physical accessibility. However, with extreme poverty currently dominating the lives of billions across the globe, it’s near impossible for these individuals to gain access to a means to pursue life-saving sanitation. Sherif outlined that this fact is heartbreaking, but it’s a truth that needs to be acknowledged to start making a difference. This is where Diversey comes in – it has devised a solution that takes the form of none other than its Soap For Hope Creating Shared Value (CSV) initiative. In essence, Soap For Hope promotes a more hygienic environment for those who are struggling to contend with poverty, while simultaneously helping to create financial opportunities for these individuals. With many hospitality clients partaking in the initiative, Diversey has managed to not only teach poverty-stricken families how to maintain hygiene to the best of their ability but also provide them with the tools and know-how to sterilise, refine, and repackage recycled soaps into usable and sellable bars. Not only does this give them access to regular hand washing, but also allows them to make an income by selling the recycled product back to participating hotels and/or other stakeholders. The Soap For Hope initiative has already helped to transform the lives of various individuals battling poverty, granting them access to an income that assists them in acquiring food, medicine, and even education for their children. As such, it’s become a proven method of protecting those who have very little to begin with, immensely increasing their quality of life. Diversey is the pioneer of a better future, and we can’t wait to see the Soap For Hope further flourish into something even more beautiful than it already is. Contact: Stefan Phang, Global Director, Sustainability & Creating Shared Value Company: Diversey – A Solenis Company Web Address: https://diversey.com/en It’s an unfortunate truth that, in certain areas of the world, sanitisation simply isn’t available to those who need it the most. As such, disadvantaged communities leave themselves open to increased risks of infection, be it from a viral illness or harmful bacteria. Set on turning this around is Diversey, a cleaning solutions company whose vision for the world has helped guide it on its journey towards conserving water, minimising waste, and bringing sanitation solutions to people across the world. Join us as we explore Diversey’s work in more detail, and how it created the Soap For Hope initiative to transform the lives of those in poverty. Diversey – A Solenis Company