Find out how we are driving positive change and sustainable growth through our business, our brands and our partners – from building better self-esteem for girls and young women through our Dove brand, to bringing our carbon positive ambition to life and improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan
The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) is our blueprint for achieving our vision to grow our business, whilst decoupling our environmental footprint from our growth and increasing our positive social impact. The Plan sets stretching targets, including how we source raw materials and how consumers use our brands.
We have three big goals
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By 2020 we will help more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being.
By 2020 we will help more than a billion people to improve their health and hygiene. This will help reduce the incidence of life-threatening diseases like diarrhoea.
Reduce diarrhoeal and respiratory disease through handwashing
Provide safe drinking water†
Improve access to sanitation
Improve oral health
We will continually work to improve the taste and nutritional quality of all our products. The majority of our products meet, or are better than, benchmarks based on national nutritional recommendations. Our commitment goes further: by 2020, we will double the proportion of our portfolio that meets the highest nutritional standards, based on globally recognised dietary guidelines. This will help hundreds of millions of people to achieve a healthier diet.
Reduce saturated fat
Increase essential fatty acids
By 2030 our goal is to halve the environmental footprint of the making and use of our products as we grow our business.*
Our products' lifecycle:
Halve the greenhouse gas (GHG) impact of our products across the lifecycle by 2030.
By 2020 CO2 emissions from energy from our factories will be at or below 2008 levels despite significantly higher volumes.
Source grid electricity renewably
Make surplus energy available to communities
Reduce GHG from transport
Our products in use:
Halve the water associated with the consumer use of our products by 2020.+
By 2020 water abstraction by our global factory network will be at or below 2008 levels despite significantly higher volumes.
Products that use less water
Reduce water use in agriculture
Halve the waste associated with the disposal of our products by 2020.
By 2020 total waste sent for disposal will be at or below 2008 levels despite significantly higher volumes.
Reusable, recyclable or compostable plastic packaging
Increase recycling and recovery rates
Increase recycled content
Tackle sachet waste
Recycle, reuse, recover
Reduce paper consumption
Eliminate paper in processes
By 2020 we will source 100% of our agricultural raw materials sustainably.
Sustainable palm oil
Paper and board
Soy beans and soy oil
Fairtrade Ben & Jerry’s
Increase sustainable sourcing of office materials
By 2020 we will enhance the livelihoods of millions of people as we grow our business.
By 2020 we will advance human rights across our operations and extended supply chain.
Implement UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
Source 100% of procurement spend in line with our Responsible Sourcing Policy
Create framework for fair compensation
Improve employee health, nutrition and well-being
Reduce workplace injuries and accidents†
By 2020 we will empower 5 million women.
Build a gender-balanced organisation with a focus on management
Promote safety for women in communities where we operate
Enhance access to training and skills
Expand opportunities in our value chain
By 2020 we will have a positive impact on the lives of 5.5 million people.
Improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers
Improve incomes of small-scale retailers
Increase participation of young entrepreneurs in our value chain
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† Independently assured by PwC.
* Our environmental targets are expressed on a 'per consumer use' basis. This means a single use, portion or serving of a product.
+ In seven water-scarce countries representing around half the world's population.
Each year we publish a comprehensive account of progress towards these goals in our Sustainable Living Report. Find out more, including our strategy for sustainable business from our Sustainable Living Report Hub.
The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan sets out to decouple our growth from our environmental footprint, while increasing our positive social impact.
Unilever has, from its origins, been a purpose-driven company. Today our purpose is simple but clear - to make sustainable living commonplace.