Updated 23 September 2015

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The 2014/2015 Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) saw an all-women team being supported by SCA – a leading global hygiene and forest products company, based in Sweden.


In South Africa, SCA is represented by TENA, a range of incontinence products for men and women, and Lifestyle, a range of personal hygiene products for women. 

Eighty percent of SCA’s consumers are women, which means that through its everyday products, SCA supports the empowerment of women and their freedom to participate fully in society – socially, educationally and professionally. So the sponsorship of an all-female team for the VOR seemed like a great opportunity for the company.

But the company’s philosophy extends to all: that everyone should be able to live their lives to the fullest. That’s what underpins their constant drive to bring sustainable, innovative and value-added hygiene products to the world.

SCA was founded in Sweden in 1929 through a merger of 10 Swedish forest operations. However, their history dates back several hundred years before that, as the oldest of those operations was established in 1673.  

Today, SCA has 44,000 employees and has sales in about 100 countries under leading global brands TENA (incontinence products) and Tork (away from home professional hygiene products), as well as local and regional brands such as Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo and Vinda. 

The Group produces disposable nappies, toilet paper, napkins, incontinence products, kitchen rolls, feminine-care products, facial tissues and handkerchief products, and its commitment to quality and constant innovation benefits millions of people throughout their lives: from early childhood, throughout their teens and adulthood, into old age.

SCA believes that maintaining proper hygiene is essential for every individual’s well-being and sense of dignity, and that belief underpins every product the company develops. They also share that expertise and experience to educate people worldwide on the importance of good hygiene practices, teaching young women about menstruation, educating children on the importance of proper hand hygiene and improving professional continence care via the education of best practices to nurses and nursing home managers.

As Europe’s largest private forest owner, SCA also places considerable emphasis on sustainable forest management. With over 2.6 million hectares of forestland – almost the size of Belgium – it is a vast, unique resource that the company manages with great care. 

It’s forest operations are divided into publication papers, packaging papers, pulp, solid-wood products and renewable energy. The forests also strongly support the company’s sustainability ambitions since they absorb more than all of SCA’s use of fossil fuels worldwide.

Most South Africans will know SCA through TENA, its range of purpose-made products for managing bladder weakness and incontinence. With over 40 years’ experience, TENA is the worldwide leader in the management of incontinence, providing products that enhance quality of life for people with incontinence in 90 countries. 

TENA is dedicated to the idea that incontinence shouldn’t stop people from leading a full and happy life. This lies at the core of everything TENA does: developing products and services, promoting best practice continence care within healthcare institutions and broadening public understanding of the issues around incontinence.

Visit SCA for more info. For advice on choosing the right TENA product, please call us on 0860 673 377 or visit TENA for more information or to order a free sample. You can also buy TENA products online

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Prenevin Govender completed his MBChB at the University of Cape Town in 2001. He obtained his Fellowship of the College of Urologists in 2009 and graduated with distinction for a Masters in Medicine from the University of Cape Town in 2010. His special interests include laparoscopic, pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence surgery. He consults full-time at Life Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont.

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