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Climate change leadership puts Unilever on ‘A List’

Unilever awarded an ‘A’ for performance and recognised as a global leader in the CDP Climate A List 2016

Showing leadership on climate

Unilever’s approach to combating climate change has been recognised for the fifth consecutive year by the latest leadership index published by CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project).

The global not-for-profit awarded Unilever an ‘A’ for performance – and included us in their Climate A List, produced at the request of 827 investors with assets of US$100 trillion.

Bold ambition: carbon positive by 2030

Last year we built on our longstanding commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with a new ambition: to become carbon positive in our operations by 2030. That means 100% of the energy we use will come from renewable sources, and we’ll support the generation of more renewable energy than we consume.

At the same time we’ve made additional progress in our campaign to reduce emissions throughout our operations through eco-efficiency measures in our manufacturing sites – measures which have also created €600m savings for us, strengthening our business.

Both our carbon positive ambition and our efficiency measures formed part of our submission to the CDP.

Independent assessment

The Climate A List recognises companies identified by CDP as global leaders for actions and strategies in response to climate change. Scores are awarded for performance against measures such as how companies record, disclose and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Unilever was one of 193 companies to achieve the ‘A’ performance banding – 9% of the participants.

This year, CDP celebrated the success of A List companies in their ‘Out of the starting blocks: Tracking progress on corporate climate action’ report.

CDP’s CEO Paul Simpson said: “Companies are key actors in enabling the global economy to achieve its new climate goals, and the leadership of this group points the way for others to take bold action and capitalise on the many opportunities that await.”

More to do

Unilever’s achievement of the ‘A’ rating for the fifth year running highlights two encouraging trends, according to Jeff Seabright, Chief Sustainability Officer.

“The first is that our actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are also strengthening our business – by reducing costs and mitigating risks,” said Jeff. “The second is that the CDP recognised that more and more businesses are embracing this agenda. We know that there is more that we can do as a business – and more that business in general must do – to face one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century.”