As a founding signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), we are committed to living out the Compact's principles on human rights, labour standards, environment and anti-corruption in everyday business operations.
Communication on Progress
Paul Polman, Unilever CEO
"Unilever strongly supports the UNGC’s Ten Principles and welcomes its recognition of the positive contribution business can make to create a more prosperous and socially and environmentally sustainable world."
We report on our activity around the ten UN Global Compact’s Principles covering human rights, labour standards, environmental responsibility and business integrity (anti-corruption) in our annual Global Compact Communication on Progress (COP). This is an index that cross-references the Ten Principles to our approach and how the Principles are integrated into our business as well as our commitments as a Business for Peace signatory. It also provides links to the relevant sections of our online Unilever Sustainable Living Report and meets the requirements of the Advanced COP criteria.
Our 2016 Global Compact Communication on Progress (COP) self-assessment is available here: Unilever 2016 UNGC Index (PDF | 580KB).
Our UN Global Compact CEO Leadership Statement (PDF | 249KB) is available for download.
Extending our support
We have been signatories to Global Compact LEAD for 6 years. LEAD is a group of sustainability leaders that aim to achieve higher levels of environmental, social and governance performance, tackle corporate sustainability issues and encourage greater action by the corporate sector.
Companies joining LEAD commit to work towards implementation of the Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership, a comprehensive roadmap outlining around 50 actions businesses can take to achieve greater sustainability. The Blueprint was first introduced by the Global Compact in June 2010. It provides an action plan in three core areas, identifying best practices in each and a total of 50 criteria for leadership. The core areas focus on integrating the Global Compact’s Ten Principles into strategies and operations; taking action in support of broader UN goals and issues; and engaging with the Global Compact. See UNGC for more detail.
LEAD actively engaged with global policy makers on the post-2015 development agenda. Following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, LEAD is working to shape the tools and standards that will guide business action on the SDGs for the next fifteen years and will showcase examples of how business strategies and goal setting can fully align with global sustainable development priorities.
LEAD companies continue to share their knowledge and report on their activities and collaboration with United Nations agencies, funds and programme to tackle sustainability challenges.
Unilever is also a signatory to UNGC’s Business for Peace initiative. Business for Peace is a platform of over 130 leading companies from 37 countries dedicated to catalysing collaborative action to advance peace. Companies who join Business for Peace commit to:
- Paying heightened attention to the implementation of the UN Global Compact Ten Principles in high-risk and conflict-affected areas
- Take action to advance peace, either individually or in collaboration with others
- Annually communicate on progress
In 2012, our Chief Executive Officer, Paul Polman, joined the Board of the UN Global Compact.