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Unilever tops industry group in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

Unilever has been named leader of the Food, Beverage and Tobacco industry group in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review - one of only 24 companies to be named as industry group leaders.

Best-in-class approach

The DJSI is a globally recognised independent benchmark that measures proven company performance across material economic, environmental and social criteria. This year is the 15th anniversary of the DJSI, with Unilever being one of just 15 companies to have been a member of the DJSI World Index since it began in 1999.

Jeff Seabright, Chief Sustainability Officer at Unilever, says: “This is a proud moment for Unilever. Our thanks go to everyone who contributed to this annual submission and the results reflect the progress we are making in delivering the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.”

Industry-leading scores

Unilever achieved an overall score of 90 out of a possible 100, with maximum points being awarded in five criteria including Health & Nutrition and Packaging. High scores were achieved for Innovation Management, Supply Chain Management, Operational Eco-efficiency, Human Capital Development and Labour Practice Indicators & Human Rights.

Elsewhere, Unilever was the best company within the Food Products industry for both the Economic and Social dimensions of sustainability.

Demonstrating a leading position

The DJSI Industry Group Leader Report, compiled by RobecoSAM, states: “Unilever continues to demonstrate a leading position in the global food and beauty & personal care space. Strong innovation and a focus on product stewardship elements such as packaging and raw material sourcing are embedded in the company’s strategy.

“Sustainable sourcing remains a key focus area, and Unilever supports local sourcing, development and human rights. Transparent communication on supply chain issues and indicators ensures awareness among customers and other stakeholders,” it adds.

The Report also highlights Unilever’s achievements in nutrition with 31% of the company’s food and refreshments products meeting the highest nutritional standards for their respective product divisions, based on globally recognised dietary guidelines.

Dow Jones Sustainability Indices Review

The DJSI annual review 2014 results including the S&P Dow Jones Indices/RobecoSAM Press Release and the Industry Group Leader Report are available at www.sustainability-indices.com

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