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Sustainable Living

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan is our blueprint for achieving our vision to grow our business, whilst decoupling our environmental footprint from our growth and increasing our positive social impact. The Plan sets stretching targets, including how we source raw materials and how consumers use our brands. The scale of our ambition means that we are finding new ways to partner with others in business, government and society. Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace’.

Improving Health and Well-being

By 2020 we will help more than a billion people take action to improve their health and hygiene.Read more about our big goal
  1. Health & hygiene

    By 2020 we will help more than a billion people to improve their health and hygiene. This will help reduce the incidence of life-threatening diseases like diarrhoea.
    • 1Around 482 million people reached by end 2015
    • 1Reduce diarrhoeal and respiratory disease through handwashing
    • 1Provide safe drinking water
    • 1Improve access to sanitation
    • 1Improve oral health
    • 1Improve self-esteem
  2. Improving nutrition

    We will continually work to improve the taste and nutritional quality of all our products. The majority of our products meet, or are better than, benchmarks based on national nutritional recommendations. Our commitment goes further: by 2020, we will double the proportion of our portfolio that meets the highest nutritional standards, based on globally recognised dietary guidelines. This will help hundreds of millions of people to achieve a healthier diet.
    • 134% of our portfolio by volume met highest nutritional standards in 2015
    • 1Reduce salt levels
    • 1Saturated fat:
    • 1Reduce saturated fat
    • 1Increase essential fatty acids
    • 1Reduce saturated fat in more products
    • 1Remove trans fat
    • 1Reduce sugar
    • 1Reduce calories:
    • 1In children’s ice cream
    • 1In more ice cream products
    • 1Provide healthy eating information

Reducing Environmental Impact

By 2030 our goal is to halve the environmental footprint of the making and use of our products as we grow our business.Read more about our big goal
  1. Greenhouse gases

    Our products’ lifecycle:
    Halve the greenhouse gas (GHG) impact of our products across the lifecycle by 2030.

    • 1Our greenhouse gas impact per consumer use has increased by around 6% since 2010

    Our manufacturing:
    By 2020 CO2 emissions from energy from our factories will be at or below 2008 levels despite significantly higher volumes.

    • 139% reduction of CO2 from energy per tonne of production since 2008
    • Become carbon positive in manufacturing:
    • 1Source all energy renewably
    • 1Source grid electricity renewably
    • 1Eliminate coal from energy mix
    • 1Make surplus energy available to communities
    • 1New factories
    • Reduce GHG from washing clothes:
    • 1Reformulation
    • 1Reduce GHG from transport
    • 1Reduce GHG from refrigeration
    • 1Reduce energy consumption in our offices
    • 1Reduce employee travel
  2. Water

    Our products in use: Halve the water associated with the consumer use of our products by 2020.
      • Our water impact per consumer use has reduced by around 1% since 2010
    Our manufacturing: By 2020 water abstraction by our global factory network will be at or below 2008 levels despite significantly higher volumes.
    • 137% reduction in water abstraction per tonne of production since 2008
    • 1Reduce water use in manufacturing process:
    • 1New factories
    • 1Reduce water use in the laundry process:
    • 1Products that use less water
    • 1Reduce water use in agriculture
     
  3. Waste

    Our products:
    Halve the waste associated with the disposal of our products by 2020.

    • 1Our waste impact per consumer use has reduced by around 29% since 2010

    Our manufacturing:
    By 2020 total waste sent for disposal will be at or below 2008 levels despite significantly higher volumes.

    • 197% reduction in total waste per tonne of production since 2008
    • Reduce waste from manufacturing:
    • 1Zero non-hazardous waste to landfill
    • 1New factories
    • 1Reduce packaging
    • Recycle packaging:
    • 1Increase recycling and recovery rates
    • 1Increase recycled content
    • 1Tackle sachet waste
    • 1Eliminate PVC
    • Reduce office waste:
    • 1Recycle, reuse, recover
    • 1Reduce paper consumption
    • 1Eliminate paper in processes
  4. Sustainable sourcing

    By 2020 we will source 100% of our agricultural raw materials sustainably.
    • 160% of agricultural raw materials sustainably sourced by end 2015
    • 1Palm oil:
    • 1Sustainable
    • 1Traceable
    • 1Paper and board
    • 1Soy beans and soy oil
    • 1Tea
    • 1Fruit
    • 1Vegetables
    • 1Cocoa
    • 1Sugar
    • 1Sunflower oil
    • 1Rapeseed oil
    • 1Dairy
    • 1Fairtrade Ben & Jerry's
    • 1Cage-free eggs
    • 1Increase sustainable sourcing of office materials

Enhancing Livelihoods

By 2020 we will enhance the livelihoods of millions of people as we grow our business.Read more about our big goal
  1. Fairness in the workplace

    By 2020 we will advance human rights across our operations and extended supply chain.
    • 154% of procurement spend through suppliers meeting our Responsible Sourcing Policy's mandatory requirements; published our first Human Rights Report
    • 1Implement UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
    • 1Source 100% of procurement spend in line with our Responsible Sourcing Policy
    • 1Create a framework for fair compensation
    • 1Improve employee health, nutrition and well-being
    • 1Reduce workplace injuries and accidents
  2. Opportunities for women

    By 2020 we will empower 5 million women.
    • 1800,000 women enabled to access initiatives aiming to develop their skills
    • 1Build a gender-balanced organisation with a focus on management
    • 1Promote safety for women in communities where we operate
    • 1Enhance access to training and skills
    • 1Expand opportunities in our value chain
  3. Inclusive business

    By 2020 we will have a positive impact on the lives of 5.5 million people.
    • 12.4 million smallholder farmers and small-scale retailers enabled to access initiatives aiming to improve agricultural practices or increase sales
    • 1Improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers
    • 1Improve incomes of small-scale retailers
    • 1Increase participation of young entrepreneurs in our value chain

Key

  • Achieved
  • On-plan
  • Off-plan
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