TogetherWE CAN CHANGE HOW THE WORLD DOES BUSINESS

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For over 120 years we’ve been pioneers, innovators and changemakers.

From one life-saving soap to many world-changing brands.

But the world moves fast, and every day we learn how much more we can – and must – do.

I intend to build further on Unilever’s century-old commitment to responsible business. It is not about putting purpose ahead of profits, it is purpose that drives profits.

Alan Jope, CEO, Unilever

Nine years ago, we created the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) to build a business that the world could be proud of.

We have much to celebrate.

Find out more about the progress we made on our Plan in 2018

Beyond the targets, our purpose ‘to make sustainable living commonplace’ has inspired innovation, new ways of doing business and purposeful brands. Some of our recent highlights include:

  • Launching, acquiring and developing brands taking stands on the big issues of our time, including packaging, sourcing, and waste.
  • Testing new investment models and partnerships to help deliver the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Supporting new technology that gives consumers greater information about what's in their products.

We are proving that responsible business is good business. Here’s how...

  • More growth

    Our own research shows that over half of all consumers already buy or want to buy sustainably. This is why we developed our ‘sustainable living’ brands, which have a clear purpose relating to a social or environmental concern and contribute to the USLP.

    We now have 26 sustainable living brands – including Dove, Lipton, Hellmann’s and Seventh Generation. They have continuously outperformed the average growth rate of Unilever.

  • Photo by Son Ng-Hoang, Unilever employee, Vietnam

    Lower costs

    By cutting waste and reducing the use of energy, raw materials and natural resources, we create efficiencies and cut costs, while becoming less exposed to price volatility.

    Improvements in eco-efficiency have contributed to a cumulative cost avoidance of over €600 million in energy since 2008.

    €600 cumulative cost avoidance
  • Less risk

    Operating sustainably helps us to future-proof our supply chain against the risks associated with climate change and sourcing materials.

    By the end of 2018, 56% of our agricultural raw materials were sustainably sourced.

    56% agricultural raw materials sustainably sourced
  • More trust

    Placing sustainability at the heart of our business model helps us stay relevant to consumers and strengthens our relationships with stakeholders.

    We are the number one FMCG graduate employer of choice in around 50 countries.

    Most desired employer in 44 countries

As a business we keep one eye on the future, adapting and evolving to stay one step ahead.

Taking what we’ve learned to be the change we want to see.

Plant grow

Together, we will reinvent how business is done.

Photo by Zayra Zeeshan Raza, Unilever employee, UK & Ireland
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