Enhancing livelihoods
Our Big Goal Enhancing livelihoods for millions
By 2020 we will enhance the livelihoods of millions of people as we grow our business.

Enhancing livelihoods

Our Big Goal

By 2020 we will enhance the livelihoods of millions of people as we grow our business.

Our performance

In 2016 we made steady progress across the three pillars of our Enhancing Livelihoods goal – Fairness in the Workplace, Opportunities for Women and Inclusive Business.

IN 2016 WE CONTINUED TO EMBED HUMAN RIGHTS FOCUSING ON THE 8 SALIENT ISSUES IN OUR HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT
IN 2016 67% OF PROCUREMENT SPEND WAS THROUGH SUPPLIERS MEETING MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS OF OUR RESPONSIBLE SOURCING POLICY
IN 2016 WE ROLLED OUT OUR FAIR COMPENSATION FRAMEWORK WHICH INCLUDES OUR COMMITMENT TO A LIVING WAGE
83,000 EMPLOYEES ACROSS 70 COUNTRIES WERE ENROLLED IN OUR LAMPLIGHTER HEALTH PROGRAMME IN 2016
OUR SAFETY PERFORMANCE IMPROVED TO 1.01† ACCIDENTS PER MILLION HOURS WORKED (TOTAL RECORDABLE FREQUENCY RATE)
920,000 WOMEN ENABLED TO ACCESS INITIATIVES AIMING TO: PROMOTE THEIR SAFETY, DEVELOP SKILLS AND EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES
46% OF MANAGERS WERE FEMALE IN 2016
WE ENABLED ACCESS TO INITIATIVES AIMING TO IMPROVE AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES OR INCREASE INCOMES FOR:
650,000 SMALLHOLDER FARMERS
1.5 MILLION SMALL-SCALE RETAILERS
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Our approach

Our business contributes to the economic well-being of many communities, through employment, training and our value chain. In developing and emerging markets, we have an even greater impact. Our supplier and distribution networks involve millions of smallholder farmers, distributors and retailers, many of whom are women.

Unilever wants to deliver both business growth and positive social impact. We are embedding human rights across our business and are using the power of our brands to advocate important social issues directly linked to our consumers.

Three pillars of our Plan support our big goal to enhance livelihoods. These commitments are fundamental to the way we aspire to do business and support our continued growth.

Our focus is on:

  • Driving fairness in the workplace - by implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights throughout our operations, and working with suppliers who commit to promote fundamental human rights
  • Advancing opportunities for women - empowering 5 million women by advancing opportunities for women in our operations, promoting safety, providing up-skilling and expanding opportunities in our value chain
  • Developing inclusive business - by improving the livelihoods of 500,000 smallholder farmers and the incomes of 5 million small-scale retailers, and by increasing the participation of young entrepreneurs in our value chain.

In order to achieve these, we need to work in our own operations, through our extended supply chain and our distribution channels. We want to see fairness in the workplace, opportunities for women and inclusive business as standard in the corporate world and aim to work in partnership to create wider movement in the industry.

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Enhancing livelihoods pillars

Fairness in the workplace

China HR Team

We are taking action on human rights, fair compensation, improving employee development, and health and safety, to ensure the well-being of all who work with us.

Opportunities for women

Shakthi trader selling Unilever products in India

We are taking action to uphold diversity, promote safety for women, enhance training and skills and develop employment opportunities.

Inclusive business

Inclusive business pillar

We are committed to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, supporting small-scale retailers, and helping young entrepreneurs.

Other areas of focus

Driving transformational change

Lifebuoy soap India

We aim to make a transformational difference to those big issues that matter most to our business and to the world.

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