The drive for inclusive growth for all of India has seen HUL manufacture brands in 29 different factories in remote areas. It has also worked to enable more women to join the workforce through initiatives such as Project Shakti, which has created 136,000 women micro-entrepreneurs across 18 states.
To protect and sustain natural resources, Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF) has worked with villages and partners to enable more than 1.3 trillion litres of water potential through improved water management, inspired by its ‘Water for Good’ programme.
And today, 100% of HUL’s electricity is certified renewable, and it’s making solid progress with thermal energy. “We have also stepped up our efforts in plastic waste management,” adds Sanjiv. “We have collected and safely disposed of more than 100,000 tons of post-consumer plastic waste and have committed to collect and safely dispose of more plastic waste than that used in our packaging, as from this year,” he says.
Inclusive growth is a key drive of HUL’s workplace culture, too. “Women make up 42% of our managerial workforce and in a few more years we will achieve gender parity,” explains Sanjiv. “We have also set up accessible workspaces for people with disabilities, introduced a paternity leave policy and included same-sex partners in our medical policy to create a workforce that is truly diverse.”