Future of work Strategy and goals

We’re shaping the future of work through three big commitments.

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149,000 people work directly for Unilever around the world – and many thousands more indirectly through our supply chain. We are, without doubt, a sizeable employer. And with jobs of all types evolving at ever-increasing speeds – huge changes in 2020 alone – we have a duty to help people adapt and stay ready for change. We take this responsibility very seriously indeed.

Our goals to prepare for the future of work

We look at the future of work through three different lenses – the work, the workplace and the workforce – and our three big commitments relate to the future of work in each of these areas.

Reskill or upskill our employees with future-fit skills by 2025.

What jobs or accountabilities will people be responsible for in the future? Technology such as robots and artificial intelligence will continue to change the nature of many jobs. Some will disappear, and others will need new skills and ways of working.

We can’t promise anyone a job for life, but we can do everything possible to equip our people with the skills and awareness to pursue meaningful work, whether at Unilever or beyond. That’s why we’ve committed to reskill or upskill our employees by 2025 so they have future-fit skills for roles inside Unilever or beyond.

How we're reskilling our workforce

Pioneer new models to provide our employees with flexible employment options by 2030.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has proven to even the most traditionally minded that people don’t have to be sitting together to work together. Fixed ways of working – roles, places, hours, skills – no longer reflect the way the world works. So we’re thinking differently.

This means offering more flexible project-based roles that still have the benefits of permanent contracts. It means giving our people more options for managing the balance between work and home life, such as letting them choose where they work and when. And it means giving people time off to study or retrain.

Our ultimate aim is to be a workplace that embraces openness and adaptability so that our people can do their best work wherever and however it suits them.

How we're reshaping the future workplace

Help equip 10 million young people with essential skills by 2030.

Who will be doing the work in the future and what are they looking for? Young people want jobs; and they’re looking for more flexibility and new ways to relate to employers. Yet many leave education without the skills or knowledge to succeed in today’s working world.

We’re partnering with others to help build work-related skills and experience for young people – creating capabilities and expertise for the future.

How we're reskilling the future workforce