Sustainable sourcing

Hand holding green tomato in palm

Growing for the future

By 2020 we will source 100% of our agricultural raw materials sustainably.

Agriculture and forestry are the largest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions and are major drivers of climate change. Half of Unilever’s raw materials come from either farms or forests. Given the scale of our footprint, sustainable agricultural sourcing is therefore a strategic priority for our business and brands. We are committed to sourcing sustainably all our agricultural raw materials by 2020. As well as protecting the planet’s natural resources, sustainable sourcing helps us to manage a core business risk by ensuring security of supply for the long term.

Our strategy & footprint

We have a clear roadmap to achieve our bold sourcing target.

Our strategy & footprint

Targets & performance

We have set targets for our top ten agricultural raw materials.

Fresh vegetables being mechanically chopped by Knorr chefs, for use in soups and sauces

Targets & performance

Sustainable palm oil

We will purchase all palm oil from certified sources by 2015.

Truck driving through a palm oil plantation, Malaysia

Sustainable palm oil

Sustainable paper & board

We are committed to sustainably sourcing paper & board packaging.

Packaging on the production line in Hefei, China

Sustainable paper & board sourcing

Sustainable soy & oils

We will source sustainably all soy, sunflower and rapeseed oils by 2020.

Soy bean farmers in Indonesia, January 2010

Sustainable soy & oils

Sustainable tea

By 2020 all our tea, including loose tea, will be sustainably sourced.

Tea picker at Unilever's estate in Kericho, Kenya

Sustainable tea