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Unilever included in Carbon Disclosure Project’s Leadership Index

Unilever’s climate change disclosure puts it in top 10% of FTSE 350 companies.

2010 Performance

Unilever scored 82 out of 100 for its climate change disclosure in the 2010 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), up from 76 in 2009. Its score means Unilever qualified for inclusion in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI), a key component of the CDP’s annual FTSE 350 Report.

The index, compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on behalf of CDP, comprises the top scoring 10% of companies in the FTSE 350 based on the level and quality of their responses to the CDP’s 2010 questionnaire. Unilever has participated in the CDP since its launch ten years ago and has been included in the CDLI for the last six years.

Paul Dickinson, Executive Chairman of the Carbon Disclosure Project, commented: “The Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index recognises companies that demonstrate good internal data management practices for understanding greenhouse gas emissions, including energy use. Companies that make this index have also demonstrated clear consideration of how climate change is and will impact their business. As companies’ understanding of climate change issues grows, they are better placed to take positive action to manage and mitigate its risks.”

The 2010 CDP questionnaire focused on greenhouse gas emissions, emissions reduction targets and risks and opportunities associated with climate change. In a new development, the CDP included a performance score measuring companies’ actual performance in responding to and reducing their contribution to climate change. Unilever scored B while 13 companies who scored A were included in the new Carbon Performance Leadership Index (CPLI).

About the Carbon Disclosure Project

The Carbon Disclosure Project is an independent not-for-profit organisation holding the world’s largest database of corporate climate change information. It gathers data through its annual Information Requests on behalf of over 534 institutional investors, with combined assets under management in excess of $64 trillion, as well as purchasing organisations and government bodies. Some 2 500 major corporations around the world report their greenhouse gas emissions and the risks and opportunities posed by climate change through the CDP. The CDP also works with companies to facilitate the collection of climate change relevant data for their supply chain.

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