Advancing U.S. leadership in international conservation through public and private partnerships and developing the next generation of Congressional conservation leaders
Unilever believes that if they are to achieve their growth objectives, they must reduce the total environmental impacts of the business. Unilever's commitment covers not just their factories and offices but also the environmental impacts associated with sourcing raw materials, through to how consumers use and dispose of their products. Two of Unilever's visions are: to inspire people to take small, everyday actions that can add up to a big difference for the world and to develop new ways of doing business with the aim of doubling the size of their company while reducing their environmental impact.
Unilever's commitment to reduced environmental impact extends right across their value chain: from the sourcing of raw materials through their own production and distribution to consumer use and eventual disposal of residual packaging. In 2008 Unilever developed a set of metrics for their four priority environmental impact areas across this value chain: greenhouse gas emissions, water, waste and sustainable sourcing. The development of these metrics will allow Unilever to track performance across their portfolio, enabling them to show consumers how their small, individual actions can add up to a big difference.
Unilever Sustainable Living Plan
Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan aims to help everyone enjoy a good quality of life while respecting the planet.
Unilever has set three big goals to achieve by 2020: 1. Halve the environmental footprint of their products, 2. help more than 1 billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, and 3. Source 100% of their agricultural raw materials sustainably. This plan sets over 50 social, economic, and environmental targets, and Unilever has measured the carbon, water and waste footprints of 1,600 products, representing 70% of its volume.The Sustainable Living Plan is designed to reduce Unilever's impacts across the whole life-cycle of their products. This full life-cycle approach is both ambitious and unique. To learn more about the Sustainable Living Plan, click here.