Our people plans
At Unilever, we have wide-ranging social commitments, announced in January 2021, designed to promote equality and inclusive economic growth. You can read more about our social commitments on our Planet & Society page.
Supplier diversity and inclusion
As part of Unilever’s social commitments, we have committed to spending €2 billion annually with diverse businesses worldwide by 2025. We class businesses as diverse if they are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by minority groups, women, LGBTQI+, people with disabilities or veterans.
To complement this commitment, we are investing in a new Supplier Development Programme to address the barriers that have held diverse partners back in the past. Through our programme, we will provide access to skills, financing and networking opportunities to build the capability of diverse groups running businesses now, and of diverse individuals who could be the entrepreneurs of the future.
We invite our existing and future partners to join us in driving this positive change together and increase their own spend with under-represented groups.
Together, these actions can unlock potential that has been marginalised for too long. Potential that will benefit our businesses and will contribute to stronger, fairer societies in the future.
Find out more about the impact we’re already making through our Supplier Diversity programme in North America.
Our global partners
Unilever's Supplier Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Promise
Through our Supplier Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Promise, Unilever is inviting supply partners to demonstrate their shared values and commitment to addressing social inequality in our value chains.
This Promise, whilst optional, offers purpose-led partners an opportunity to position themselves on the leading edge of our supplier diversity commitment.
By signing Unilever’s Supplier Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Promise, our supplier partners promise to:
- Create an enabling environment with inclusive policies, and with leaders educated and empowered to role-model inclusive behaviour
- Set and communicate goals to achieve organisational diversity and gender equity; demonstrable throughout senior leadership and their Unilever account teams
- Develop a transparent supplier diversity strategy and advocacy network which links to their broader company objectives and allows them to track progress against their strategic commitments
- Grow diverse spend through inclusive procurement policies and practices designed to create social equity
- Engage to allow future reporting of Unilever’s tier-2 diverse spend, i.e., the proportion of their spend going to suppliers meeting the definition of a diverse business which is directly attributable to their business with Unilever
- Maintain an open dialogue to share best practices and opportunities for collaboration with their customer and supplier partners
Living Wage: Working together to drive systemic change
Consumers expect Unilever, our brands and our partners to step up. So we are. Unilever already pays all our direct employees at or above a living wage. The next step is to widen this commitment to those in our supply chain who directly provide goods or services to Unilever, so we have committed to ensuring everyone who directly provides goods and services to Unilever will earn a living wage or a living income by 2030.
We believe our commitment will positively impact millions of people and their dependents.
Together with our partners, other businesses, governments and NGOs, we are looking at purchasing practices, collaboration and advocacy to create systemic change and ensure the rights of everyone to an adequate standard of living.
We believe a systemic approach is paramount, as the issue of wages can not be addressed without also looking at working hours, health and safety or discrimination. That’s why we continue to work hard to address other human rights issues, including labour rights, in our global value chain.
Unilever’s Living Wage Promise
Unilever, along with our partners the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative, aims to break the cycle of poverty and strengthen the foundations of the global economy. Through our Living Wage/Living Income Promise, Unilever is inviting supply partners to demonstrate their shared values and resolve to take on the IDH Call to Action commitments to scale up solutions for workers in global value chains, with the ultimate goal of improving lives and livelihoods.
This Promise, whilst optional, offers purpose-led partners an opportunity to position themselves on the leading edge of our Living Wage/Living Income commitment and to demonstrate that addressing the social inequality in our value chains is of paramount importance to them.
By signing Unilever’s Living Wage Promise, our supply partners promise to:
- Engage and join Unilever and other partners in multi-stakeholder partnerships to address the living wage and living income gaps in our shared value chains
- Identify living wage and living income gaps in their own organisations and develop strategies to improve lives and livelihoods
- Transparently report on progress towards achieving a living wage and living income and closing the gender pay gap