Awards & recognition

Specialist agencies and organisations, including environmental groups, responsible investment analysts, academics and institutes, publish a variety of ratings and rankings of our global performance. Sometimes this is a result of our engagement with them through questionnaires and in-depth discussions, sometimes it is the agencies' own research, in part analysing the data and information we disclose on our website.

These are some highlights of recognition we have received from external bodies on our social, economic and environmental performance since 2009:

  • In 2013 Unilever was fifth in Carbon Clear’s annual ranking of carbon measurement and reporting practices of FTSE 100 companies, with a score of 77%

  • Unilever wins Best Sustainability and Stakeholder Disclosure FTSE 100 Award from The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) in November 2013.
  • CDP logoIn 2013 Unilever was named sector leader by the CDP’s Forests programme, which recognised the work we are doing with our suppliers to increase capacity to provide sustainable commodities. We were also joint sector leader in 2012 and 2011 and have disclosed our forest footprint since 2009.
  • Unilever retains its top ranking in the latest 2013 Sustainability Leaders survey from GlobeScan/SustainAbility for the third consecutive year.
  • Access to Nutrition Index logoUnilever was rated second overall in the first Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) Global Index 2013, with top rankings for undernutrition and also the Products, Llifestyles and Engagement categories. ATNI publicly rates the world's largest food and beverage manufacturers on their nutrition-related policies, practices and performance.
  • World Environment CenterIn December the World Environment Center awarded Unilever its 2013 Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development.

  • CDP logoIn 2013 the CDP recognised our climate change disclosure and carbon performance for the ninth consecutive year. We scored 85 out of 100 for Disclosure - an increase of one point on our 2012 score - and maintained Performance Band A.
  • Tomorrows Value RatingUnilever was the top performer overall with a score of 91% and also led the Food and Beverage sector in the Tomorrow Value’s Rating (TVR) 2013 of corporate sustainability practices compiled by the agency Two Tomorrow’s.
  • Dow Jones Sustainability IndicesUnilever was selected as an index component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) following our participation in the 2013 RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment.

  • Climate Counts logoUnilever ranked No. 2 in new science-based carbon emissions study published by Climate Counts in December 2013. 

  • Building public trust awardsUnilever was recognised for its transparent sustainability reporting at PwC's Building Public Trust Awards in November 2012.
  • In 2012, Unilever and our CEO Paul Polman received the C K Prahalad Award from the Corporate Economic Forum (CEF) for matching a bold vision of long term capitalism with impressive action on sustainability through our Sustainable Living Plan.
  • At the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Unilever was a winner of the 2012 World Business and Development Awards (WBDA) for our efforts to improve living standards in some of the world's most disadvantaged communities.

  •  Unilever won the first FTSE4Good Sir Mervyn Pedelty Award in 2012 which recognises companies that integrate environmental and social performance into business strategy.

  • Unilever was named the Corporate Responsibility category winner at the FT's Boldness in Business Awards.
  • CR Index Platinum Plus 2012 logoUnilever retains Platinum Plus status in Business in the Community's 10th Corporate Responsibility Index, published in March 2012.
  • WWF logoIn 2011, we scored eight out of nine points in the second WWF Scorecard which assesses the palm oil buying practices of 132 European, Australian and Japanese companies. We scored 24.5 out of 29 in the first Scorecard in 2009 assessing 59 European companies.
  • Greenaward logoIn 2011 Unilever was announced as the overall Grand Prix winner across 20 categories for our work on behaviour change. We were also the Gold winner in the Best Green International Large Business category which recognises organisations that have demonstrated true innovation, thought leadership and a commitment to sustainability. 
  • Unilever was named most advanced company for responsible governance in the Stoxx Europe 50 index of companies by the French Social Investment Forum (FIR) and corporate responsibility ratings agency, Vigeo.
  • Unilever won a Biodiversity Innovation 2010 award from the Union for Ethical BioTrade. This recognised our work on improving allanblackia supply for smallholder farmers in Africa.
  • Committed to the Environment AwardReceived the International Charter's 'Committed to the Environment 2010' award for environmental management and performance
  • Awards & recognition FTSE logoIncluded in the FTSE4Good Index Series since its inception in 2001 and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index


  • Top of the foods sector in a benchmarking study carried out by Ceres, UBS and Bloomberg on companies' disclosure of water use

  • Presented with the highest international level of recognition – the Level II International Corporate Health and Productivity Management Award by the Institute for Health and Productivity Management (IHPM) for our Lamplighter programme