12 ways we made a difference in 2016

From challenging stereotypes in our advertising to generating renewable energy, here’s how we used our Sustainable Living Plan to make a difference this year.

These are our top picks of the stories showing how we have supported the Sustainable Development Goals in 2016.




1. We challenged gender stereotypes in advertising through our #unstereotype campaign

Global Goals 5, Gender equality

“We don't want to show women as just supporting our product or supporting someone else,” Aline Santos explained. “That isn’t what women are, and it isn’t how women see themselves.”

Supporting Global Goal 5, Gender Equality

How #UNSTEREOTYPE aims to change the way we see gender



2. Our employees made progress in their water-saving work

Global Goals 6, Clean water & sanitation

Some 2.8 billion people live in water-stressed regions. By 2025 that number could increase to 4 billion. That’s around half the world’s population. Read on to find out what our employees are doing to tackle this issue.

Supporting Global Goal 6, Clean water and sanitation

Meet the employees behind our water-saving work



3. Dove encouraged women in India to break the traditional rules of beauty

Global Goals 3, Good health & well-being

Through its latest campaign – ‘Let’s Break the Rules of Beauty’ Dove invited women to make their own features as celebrated as existing stereotypes

Supporting Global Goal 3, Good health and wellbeing

Why Dove is encouraging India to break the rules of beauty



4. The Young Entrepreneurs Awards

Group on rooftop

From providing digital doctors to constructing recycled homes, we teamed up with seven brilliant young entrepreneurs to find out about their life-changing innovations

Supporting the Global Goals

The Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards



5. How our business and brands are delivering a brighter future

Wall's bicycle vendors

From eliminating waste to tackling youth unemployment, our brands launched projects around the world showing how our Sustainable Living Plan works in action

Supporting the Global Goals

How our business and brands are delivering a brighter future



6. We continued our efforts to drive action on climate change at COP22

Global Goals 13, Climate action

“Climate change is a global problem, a bigger challenge than any one company or country can solve alone. But it’s not ‘just’ an environmental challenge,” said Thomas Lingard, Global Climate Advocacy & Sustainability Strategy Director

Supporting Global Goal 13, Climate action

Faster and further: climate action demands business action and policy change



7. Our journey towards becoming carbon positive

Global Goals 13, Climate action

Our Foods factory in Pernawan is currently generating around 85% of its energy from renewable sources. We prove it’s possible to generate renewable energy, reducing our carbon footprint

Supporting Global Goal 7, Affordable and clean energy

Towards ‘Carbon Positive’: how we are generating renewable energy



8. Hellmann's invites kids to find out what goes into their food

Global Goals 3, Good health & well-being

Eating greens gets way more interesting when you find out where they come from. Here’s how Hellmann’s engaged young kids and got the healthy message across with its invitation to children to get to know where their food really comes from.

Supporting Global Goal 3, Good health and wellbeing

Hellmann’s invites kids to find out what goes into their food



9. We asked a number of game changers in the fields of entertainment, business, non-profits, architecture and sustainability how they are taking action to reach the Global Goals

Supporting the Global Goals

Architects, activists and academics were among those who helped us share the #collectiveaction message to drive forward the Global Goals. Find out what people like film-maker Richard Curtis said here

Supporting the Global Goals

How are you taking action on the Global Goals?



10. A transgender band helped Brooke Bond live its brand purpose

Global Goal 5, Gender equality

Brooke Bond helped break down the stigma around transgender people through using its brand purpose

Supporting Global Goal 5, Gender equality

A transgender band helped Brooke Bond live its brand purpose



11. Our recruitment went digital, using gaming to find the best talent.

Man using device on underground

"From the CV, to the candidate search, to the interview, we’re using technology to create a truly interactive experience allowing us to get a more meaningful connection with applicants,” said Chief HR Officer Leena Nair

Supporting the Global Goals

Game on! Our graduate recruitment drive’s gone digital



12. The launch of the Business & Sustainable Development Commission

Paul Polman in Unilever shop

Our CEO Paul Polman co-founded the Business & Sustainable Development Commission, which works to make a powerful business case for driving a sustainable, inclusive economy

Supporting the Global Goals

New global commission puts business at heart of sustainable development

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