Delivering Unilever's goal of doubling the size of our business while halving our environmental footprint and improving our social positive impact, is not something we can achieve on our own. Every day, we work with more than 160,000 suppliers helping us achieve success in the 180 countries where our products are sold. The fantastic suppliers we work with help us innovate; reduce costs and duplication and help us achieve our goal of 100% sustainable sourcing.
Since I joined the Global Procurement team at the beginning of 2013, I've been struck by the strength of the relationships we have with our suppliers - true joint partnerships that are delivering tangible mutual business success. By building on these great relationships at all levels , we can enhance our brands and get the right products to our customers in the optimal way, ensuring we all benefit from working together.
We're determined to work with the very best suppliers across all our Categories and supply chain in a way that's responsible and an exemplar of integrity. But that's a two way street, and in return, we expect the very highest standards from our suppliers. We believe in challenging, but fair relationships, open, honest and built on trust - we know that we only want to work with supply partners who share our values.
The market is ever-changing, and we're determined to be industry leaders. To achieve that, we rely on superb suppliers.
Let's work together: let's make it happen.
Chief Procurement Officer