2010 - present

Unilever builds on its corporate responsibility credentials by entering the new decade with a new strategy: The Compass.

Sustainable living

Underpinned by a series of specific targets embedding sustainability at every stage of the value chain, The Compass aims to double the size of the business while reducing our environmental impact.

To support this strategy, the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan launches in 2010 outlining our commitments with three key goals set for completion by 2020:

  • We will help more than a billion people improve their health and well-being
  • We will halve the environmental impact of the making and use of our products
  • We will enhance the livelihoods of thousands of people in our supply chain.

Highlights

2010

Unilever is named sustainability leader in the Food & Beverage ‘super sector’ of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, for the 12th consecutive year.

Alberto Culver shareholders vote in favour of our acquisition of the company, subject to regulatory approval. The move would bring brands including TRESemmé, Alberto VO5, Nexus, St Ives and Simple into the Unilever portfolio.

2011

Unilever CEO Paul Polman pledges Unilever’s backing for an industry-wide move towards supporting sustainable agriculture, at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

2012

Unilever's turnover exceeds €50 billion, with all regions and categories contributing to growth. It now has 14 brands each with sales of more than €1 billion a year.

Unilever continues to make good progress towards meeting its Sustainable Living Plan targets. More than a third of its agricultural raw materials are sourced sustainably and more than 50% of all its factories achieved the goal of sending no waste to landfill. Unilever also reaches 224 million people through its programmes to reduce diarrhoeal disease by handwashing with soap, provide safe drinking water, promote oral health and improve young people's self-esteem.

2013

Unilever is named as a winner of the prestigious 2013 Catalyst Award for its initiatives that expand opportunities for women and business. The company re-enters the Myanmar market with the launch of full business operations including a new manufacturing facility and new headquarters in Yangon.

Unilever scooped 44 awards at the 60th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. It now has 14 brands each with sales of more than €1 billion a year.