Unilever's responsible sourcing policy

This Responsible Sourcing Policy embodies our commitment to conduct business with integrity, openness, and respect for universal human rights and core labour principles throughout our operations. We aim to improve the lives of workers, their communities and the environment consistent with the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. This Policy provides the framework through which we set out our responsible sourcing ambitions and approach.

Fundamental principles

Our Fundamental Principles that create the foundation of our Responsible Sourcing Policy are grounded in internationally recognised standards. We endorse the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and are embedding them throughout our operations.

In line with the Fundamental Principles, we base our Human Rights commitment on the International Bill of Human Rights consisting of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and the International Labour Organisation’s fundamental conventions on Rights at Work. We support the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

The Fundamental Principles of the Responsible Sourcing Policy are:

  1. Business is conducted lawfully and with integrity. 

  2. Work is conducted on the basis of freely agreed and documented terms of employment. 

  3. All workers are treated equally and with respect and dignity. 

  4. Work is conducted on a voluntary basis. 

  5. All workers are of an appropriate age. 

  6. All workers are paid fair wages. 

  7. Working hours for all workers are reasonable. 

  8. All workers are free to exercise their right to form and / or join trade unions or to refrain from doing so and to bargain collectively. 

  9. Workers’ health and safety are protected at work.

  10. Workers have access to fair procedures and remedies.

  11. Land rights of communities, including indigenous peoples, will be protected and promoted.

  12. Business is conducted in a manner which embraces sustainability and reduces environmental impact.