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