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Future of work Strategy and goals

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

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The future of work is here

Jobs of all types are evolving at ever increasing speeds. We have a duty to help people adapt and be ready for change.

Unilever employees in meeting

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. We take this responsibility very seriously indeed.

The future of work is one of the focus areas of the Unilever Compass. We look at the future of work through 3 different lenses – the work, the workplace and the workforce – and our 3 big commitments relate to the future of work in each of these areas.

Helping our people become future-fit

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

Providing our people with flexible employment

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

Developing young people’s skills

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 succeed in today’s working world.

We’re partnering with Microsoft and Pearson to develop a Youth Employability platform that will provide a one-stop shop for young people to discover their purpose, get access to training, volunteering and work experience opportunities to support them in becoming ‘work ready’.

We will use this, coupled with growing our apprenticeship schemes around the world and working with our suppliers and distributors, to build vocational skills and share job opportunities, to help young people to get into work.

How we're reskilling the future workforce