Everyone, everywhere deserves access to good food. But for people to get their fair share, the world's food system needs to change.
Why would a successful food business like Unilever say that? Because we can see that the food system as it is today is simply unsustainable.
It should be giving everyone access to quality nutrition, with plenty of plant-based choices. It should be serving consumers, and producers, fairly. And it should be cutting waste, and promoting sustainable agriculture.
It isn't doing that – yet. But we want to lead the way.
Too unbalanced, too wasteful and too vulnerable
Already, around 2 billion people are overweight. Nearly a billion people go to bed hungry, while a third of all food produced is lost or wasted. Producing and consuming food is exhausting the earth’s resources and fuelling climate change.
At the same time, the Covid-19 pandemic is reminding us all of the importance of a resilient food supply chain.
Nothing less than a transformation is needed. As one of the biggest consumer goods companies in the world, with a large Foods & Refreshment portfolio, we want to make a huge impact through our scale and reach.
Future Foods: our plan to be a force for good in food
As one of the largest food manufacturers in the world, we have a responsibility to help shape a global food system that is fair for everyone. Which is why we are launching our ‘Future Foods’ initiative – it’s our plan to help people transition towards healthier diets and reduce the environmental impact of the food chain.
Future Foods will see Unilever commit to:
- An annual €1 billion sales target from plant-based meat and dairy alternatives within five to seven years
- Halve food waste in our direct operations from factory to shelf by 2025
- Double the number of products that deliver positive nutrition by 2025
- Continue to lower calories, salt and sugar across all our products.