In order to realise sustainable growth, it is important that we engage with our customers and suppliers. Many of our large international customers take a strong stance on sustainability, and they have set ambitious targets in areas such as energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and waste. We work on a one-to-one basis and as part of industry groups to pursue our respective programmes to ensure an efficient approach.
We launched our Partner to Win programme in 2011. This involves working closely with more than 150 strategic suppliers to support the growth and innovation we need. We share strategies and growth plans, including on sustainability issues. We continue to assess our suppliers against Unilever’s Supplier Code and where applicable, the Unilever Sustainable Agriculture Code. We are working with our peers to create a common approach to supplier assessment.