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Raise living standards

Millions of people depend on Unilever to earn a living. We're determined to raise living standards throughout our value chain.

Because when everyone prospers, we prosper.

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Strategy and goals

Low wages and lack of opportunity hold people back – and they undermine the drive for inclusion, fairness and respect for human rights. That has to change.

We’re ensuring everyone who directly provides us with goods and services will earn at least a living wage or living income. And we’re helping 5 million small and medium-sized enterprises in our retail value chain to grow with the support of skills, finance and technology.

Living wages and opening up opportunities help break the cycle of poverty. We're convinced they'll also unlock growth – as without a healthy society, we cannot be a healthy business.

Find out about our Raise living standards strategy and goals
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Taking a stand

We believe business can help tackle social inequality and drive the prosperity that will raise living standards for millions of people worldwide.

But it needs to be done in a way that shares that prosperity more fairly. People deserve a fairer share of the value they help create. They deserve a living wage or income, and a decent standard of living. And as engines of growth, small and medium-sized enterprises deserve fair access to opportunities too.

Raising living standards is one of the most critical steps on the road to the world we want to see – a world where no one is left behind.

Discover how we’re taking a stand to raise living standards
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