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Positive nutrition

Strategy and goals

We believe everyone, everywhere deserves access to diverse, nutritious food that doesn't cost the earth.

A bold ambition to transform the food system

It’s only by working together that the many complex and interconnected issues facing our food system can be tackled effectively.

Five friends prepare pasta and vegetables in the kitchen

Conflicting and contradictory health issues – like malnutrition and obesity on the one hand, and social and environmental issues like food poverty and food waste on the other – are part of a complex, interdependent system. And they’re all issues that need to be addressed.

We’re working with governments, NGOs and others to fix these issues. Taking a stand explains how we’re driving transformational change towards a more sustainable global food system. Too much food is being lost and wasted, and cutting this down is crucial to fixing our broken food system. If we can tackle food loss and waste, we can also tackle wider issues like food security, greenhouse gas emissions associated with growing foods, and biodiversity. Waste-free world outlines our Unilever Compass goal to tackle food loss and waste.

Positive nutrition

Through our Future Foods strategy we’re encouraging people to eat healthier diets and reducing the environmental impact of the global food chain.

We’re helping millions of people to eat better, by offering affordable and healthier foods and beverages, and encouraging them to cook with healthier recipes. By offering more plant-based foods and meat and dairy alternatives, we’re helping people to eat more diverse and nutritious diets that include fruit, vegetables, wholegrains and legumes – food that’s better for people and better for the planet. We’re providing micronutrients through fortification of our products, and increasing our ambition in reducing salt, sugar and calories. Our goals on positive nutrition are part of our Unilever-wide Compass strategy.

We see health and nutrition as the foundations of our business, while many consumers are increasingly seeing them as the ‘new basics’ for a healthier life. Our progress is underpinned by innovation, delivered by our Hive Foods Innovation Centre in the Netherlands and our Global R&D Centres in the UK and India which conduct research and develop products that address these important topics.

Beyond consumers’ desire for better nutrition, many organisations support our Future Foods approach, which makes us believe we’re on the right track. The Global Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI), for instance, has considered that Unilever is taking a comprehensive approach to tackling all forms of malnutrition and that our Future Foods commitments aim to support a global food systems transformation.

Our strategy has also been recognised by investor network FAIRR, who ranked us first for our engagement on promoting diverse, sustainable proteins in 2021. The World Benchmark Alliance’s 2021 Food and Agriculture Benchmark placed us first out of the world’s 350 most influential food companies for ourenvironmental, social and nutritional impact.

In fact, Future Foods is building on a strong track record as over 2010–2020 we improved our foods and beverages through the targets in our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.

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Defined as products containing impactful amounts of vegetables, fruits, proteins, fibre, unsaturated fatty acids or micronutrients such as vitamins, zinc, iron and iodine.

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