Together we can change how the world does business
For over 120 years we’ve been pioneers, innovators and changemakers. From one life-saving soap to many world-changing brands. But the world moves fast, and every day we learn how much more we can – and must – do.
Eight years ago, we created the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) to build a business that the world could be proud of.
We have much to celebrate.
- We have helped more than 600 million people improve their health and hygiene.
- We have significantly reduced the greenhouse gases, water and waste associated with the making of our products.
- Over half of our agricultural raw materials like palm oil, paper and tea are now sustainably sourced.
- And we have enhanced livelihoods for millions, through initiatives like our smallholder farmer and small-scale retailer programmes.
See some of the progress we’ve made
Beyond the targets, our purpose ‘to make sustainable living commonplace’ has inspired innovation, new ways of doing business and purposeful brands. Some of our recent highlights include:
- testing new investment models and partnerships to help deliver the Sustainable Development Goals
- supporting new technology that gives consumers greater information about what’s in their products
- launching, acquiring and developing brands taking stands on packaging, sourcing and waste.
We are proving that responsible business is good business.
Our own research shows that over half of all consumers already buy or want to buy sustainably. This is why we are developing our ‘sustainable living’ brands.
We now have 18 ‘sustainable living’ brands including Dove, Lipton and Hellmann’s, which all have a clear purpose relating to a social or environmental concern and contribute to the USLP. In 2016, they delivered 60% of our growth and grew over 50% faster than the rest of the business.
By cutting waste and reducing the use of energy, raw materials and natural resources, we create efficiencies and cut costs, while becoming less exposed to price volatility.
We have achieved a cumulative cost avoidance of over €830 million through eco-efficiency measures in our factories since 2008.
Operating sustainably helps us to future-proof our supply chain against the risks associated with climate change and sourcing materials.
By the end of 2017, 56% of our agricultural raw materials were sustainably sourced.
Placing sustainability at the heart of our business model helps us stay relevant to consumers and strengthens our relationships with stakeholders.
90% of our employees express pride in working for Unilever and last year we were named as the ‘most desired employer’ in 44 of the 52 markets in which we recruit – up 25% on the previous year.
As a business we keep one eye on the future, adapting and evolving to stay one step ahead.
Taking what we’ve learned to be the change we want to see.
But we know it is time for us to step up our ambition again. To look beyond 2020 to the Unilever of the future.
We don’t have all the answers. And we know we’ll only achieve our ambition through trust and partnership.
So we’ve asked our community to help us shape the next stage of our journey.
Over 40,000 people from inside and outside our business.
Investors and ice cream tasters, tech leaders and tea makers, creatives, academics, soap makers and strategists.
They’ve all had their say.
We are using all these rich insights and ideas to help us shape and evolve the future of our business.
Stretching us to do more good and create more positive impact. Working to help our communities prosper and our planet flourish.
Together, we will reinvent how business is done.