Sustainable Sourcing


Sustainable sourcing


At Unilever we have set industry leading benchmarks for responsible sourcing to deliver on our commitment to sustainable growth, it's important to have you, our suppliers, with us on our journey. To find out more on how Unilever intends to deliver on our commitments and help you deliver on yours, click on the Responsible and Sustainable Sourcing brochure on the right. This standards guide for our supply partners outlines:

  • The standards we set for ourselves

  • What we expect from our partners

  • Achieving our sustainability goals

The sourcing of our agricultural raw materials is a big contributor to our environmental footprint, so working in close alliance with supplier partners who share our values and want to grow sustainable businesses with us is vital.

In the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, we commit to three significant outcomes by 2020:

  • To help more than one billion people take action to improve their health and well-being.

  • To halve the environmental footprint of the making and use of our products.

  • To source 100% of our agricultural raw materials sustainably.

Together, we aim to first focus our efforts on our top ten agricultural raw material groups which account for around two-thirds of our agricultural raw material volumes. At the end of 2011 we sourced 24% of our agricultural raw materials sustainably. Under our sustainable sourcing roadmap to 2020, we will source 30% of them sustainably by 2012, 50% by 2015 and 100% by 2020.

Our sustainable sourcing programme will either use external certification where possible or self assessment and verification against the Unilever Sustainable Agriculture Code where no international standard exists. The Code is applicable to all our agricultural raw materials, it details the standards we ask you to adopt and indicates the need for improvement over time. For those of you who already have a sustainability standard in place, we would look to assess this against our Code and agree improvement plans only if necessary.

Additionally, we have now produced scheme rules(Link opens in a new window) ( 1.7MB ) to define whether a raw material will contribute to our sustainable sourcing metric. Find out more about our Sustainable Living Plan.