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.
1.24 billion We have helped 1.24 billion people improve their health and hygiene.
Over Half Over half of our agricultural raw materials like palm oil, paper and tea are now sustainably sourced.
Millions We have enhanced livelihoods for millions, through initiatives like our smallholder farmer and small-scale retailer programmes.
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:
We are proving that responsible business is good business. Here’s how...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Together, we will reinvent how business is done.