Sustainable living news

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New partnership to catalyse economic growth and alleviate poverty
February 2015: Unilever has joined Acumen and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership in an initiative that aims to improve the livelihoods of as many as 300,000 smallholder farmers and their communities in Africa, South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Improving health and nutrition for 2.5 million farmers
February 2015: Unilever and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), have created a global Nutrition Intervention Programme to help improve the health and nutrition of 2.5 million people in rural communities.
Unilever achieves zero waste to landfill across global factory network
January 2015: On 28 January, Unilever announced that it has achieved a key sustainability goal of sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill from its global factory network.
Addressing global issues at the World Economic Forum
January 2015: At this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Unilever senior executives - Paul Polman (CEO), Keith Weed (Chief Marketing Officer), Alan Jope (President Personal Care), Pier Luigi Sigismondi (Chief Supply Chain Officer) and Jeff Seabright (Chief Sustainability Officer) - joined top political, civil society and business leaders to help shape the agenda on pressing global issues such as climate change, sustainable development and inclusive economic growth.
Project Sunrise: Enhancing livelihoods while strengthening our supply chain
January 2015: Unilever joined forces with international development NGO Oxfam in 2010 to explore how to build sustainable smallholder-based supply chains that could grow our business while reducing poverty for marginalised communities.
Unilever fights food waste and hunger
December 2014: Unilever is helping to tackle food waste and hunger across Europe through a three-year partnership with the European Federation of Food Banks (FEBA).
Unilever leads sector in addressing deforestation
November 2014: Unilever has been recognised as a joint sector leader for corporate action on tackling deforestation in CDP’s latest Global Forests Report, published on 11 November.
Empowering women micro-entrepreneurs in Haiti
November 2014: Haiti faces huge challenges in tackling the poverty that affects the lives of millions of its people. There is a real need to improve health and hygiene across the country – especially in rural areas – and create sustainable livelihoods.
Sustainable Palm Oil Progress Report published
November 2014: Today Unilever publishes its 2014 Sustainable Palm Oil Progress Report which charts the progress we are making towards our 2020 ambition of sourcing all our palm oil from traceable and certified sources.
Joining forces to tackle the sanitation crisis
November 2014: Unilever has founded The Toilet Board Coalition, an initiative which aims to help tackle the world’s sanitation crisis through collaboration.
Unilever included in CDP climate performance ‘A’ List
October 2014: Unilever has been recognised as a world leader for corporate action on climate change in the global CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) 2014, published on 15 October.
Unilever voices support for climate change action
September 2014: We are at the point where the cost of inaction is greater than the cost of actively combating climate change, says Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman, following the publication of ‘The New Climate Economy Report’ on 16 September.
Unilever tops industry group in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
September 2014: Unilever has been named leader of the Food, Beverage and Tobacco industry group in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review - one of only 24 companies to be named as industry group leaders.
Encouraging communities across Africa to create healthier meals
August 2014: Unilever joined international nutrition experts at the recent African Nutrition Epidemiology Conference (ANEC) to discuss the challenges of improving African diets and encouraging behaviour change around health and well-being.
Unilever is helping to remove billions of calories from restaurant menus
June 2014: Unilever Food Solutions is working closely with chefs to make healthy and sustainable changes to their restaurant menus by sponsoring the second annual Menus of Change® national leadership summit.
Businesses must step off the sidelines and fight climate change
May 2014: Unilever has issued a call for all companies affected by the growing costs of climate change, and in particular the food industry, to step up their commitment to tackling the issue.
Lifebuoy receives RSPH campaign accreditation
April 2014: Lifebuoy has become the first-ever soap to receive the Royal Society for Public Health’s (RSPH) new accreditation status for campaigns.
Achieving zero non-hazardous waste to landfill
April 2014: More than 75% of all of Unilever’s factories around the world no longer send any non-hazardous waste to landfill sites, a significant step forward from 20% just three years ago.
Good progress against sustainability targets
April 2014: Unilever is making good progress against its Unilever Sustainable Living Plan targets and intends to expand its sustainable living ambition to bring about broader change on a global scale.
Breakthrough packaging technology uses 15% less plastic
April 2014: Dove Body Wash bottles will contain at least 15% less plastic as a result of a newly developed packaging technology launched by Unilever.
Paul Polman delivers Grantham Institute for Climate Change Annual Lecture
April 2014: It is within our power to eradicate poverty, eliminate disease and create a fairer world. But all that depends on our ability to respond to climate change, CEO Paul Polman said in his address at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change.
Salt reduction – from awareness to action
March 2014 - As one of the world’s largest food manufacturers, Unilever is playing its part in helping to tackle some of the biggest public health challenges.
Unilever helps launch Global Forest Watch
February 2014: Unilever has joined with a group of more than 40 partners to launch Global Forest Watch, a dynamic online monitoring and alert system to help protect forests worldwide.
Unilever CEO scoops top award for advocacy work
February 2014 - Paul Polman has received the Commitment to Development Ideas in Action award for his work to reduce tropical deforestation and his contribution to shaping the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals.
Turning garbage into healthcare
January 2014 - Gamal Albinsaid has been named as the winner of the inaugural Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards.
New partnership aims to improve lives of vanilla farmers
January 2014 – Unilever has collaborated in a new partnership to help benefit the lives of over 4,000 vanilla farmers and their wider communities in the Sava region of Madagascar.
Strategic collaboration with supplier Symrise delivers benefits for smallholder farmers in Madagascar
October 2013 - How our collaboration with Symrise delivers benefits for Madagascan smallholders.
Helping farmers share sustainable agricultural practices for Colman’s mustard
October 2013: The English Mustard Growers (EMG) co-operative uses knowledge and passion to revive English mustard for Colman’s and share best practices through social media.
Inclusive training for cocoa farmers
December 2013: Unilever’s Partner to Win cocoa supplier, Barry Callebaut, is teaching cocoa farmers in the Ivory Coast an innovative technique that’s helping them secure quality cocoa yields as well as better livelihoods for themselves and their families.
Unilever and Vodafone unite to help Lipton tea smallholder farmers
18/12/2013: Unilever and Vodafone have teamed up to develop a technology that better connects smallholder farmers to Unilever and each other.
Unilever increases support for Kenyan tea farmers
18/12/2013: Muranga County, Kenya: Unilever’s collaboration with the Kenyan Tea Development Agency (KDTA) is set to improve the livelihoods of 96,000 farmers by 2015.
Measuring the livelihood impact on Unilever’s smallholder farmers
18/12/2013: Unilever has piloted a livelihoods measurement assessment tool to gauge the impact we are having on the hundreds of smallholder farmers we're committed to helping achieve better livelihoods.
Unilever leads in addressing deforestation risks
November 2013 - Unilever was today (20th November) announced as the sector leader for the Packaged Foods, Meats/Brewers & Soft Drinks industry sector at the launch of CDP’s Global Forests Report 2013: ‘The commodity crunch: value at risk from deforestation’.
Motivating millions to live sustainably
November 2013 – Unilever is launching a new initiative to motivate millions of people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles.
New target for traceable palm oil
November 2013 – Unilever is to buy all its palm oil from traceable to known sources by 2014 – a further step in our commitment to purchase all our palm oil sustainably from certified, traceable sources by 2020.
Over 500 enter the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneur Awards
November 2013 – Unilever’s search to find the next generation of sustainable living entrepreneurs has attracted 510 entries from over 90 countries.
United Nations report calls for collaboration to improve sanitation
November 2013 – A new report presented at the United Nations today to celebrate the UN’s recognition of World Toilet Day, calls for the private and public sectors to come together to improve sanitation and get the Millennium Development Goal for sanitation back on track.
Unilever supports relief work in the Philippines
November 2013 – The Unilever Foundation is working with its global partners to provide emergency relief and help with longer-term rehabilitation.
New processing plant enables traceability of palm oil
November 2013 - Unilever is investing in a palm kernel fractionation facility in Indonesia that will help drive the move towards fully traceable sustainable palm oil.
Unilever’s young professionals inspire global wave of ‘intrapreneurs’
October 2013 - As part of our drive to make sustainable living commonplace, Unilever wants young leaders  to revolutionise the way business is done – from inside their organisation.
Unilever participates in palm oil talks
July 2013 - The first major working meeting of the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, which aims to eliminate the tropical deforestation associated with sourcing commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef, paper and pulp by 2020, took place in Jakarta, Indonesia on 27–28 July.
Paul Polman speaks at launch of new UN report
May 2013 - A United Nations panel, of which Paul Polman is a member, published its detailed recommendations for alleviating poverty and facilitating sustainable development on Friday 31 May.
Sustainable Living Lab: The big debate
May 2013 - Unilever’s second Sustainable Living Lab brought together experts from businesses, governments, NGOs and academia to discuss insights, promote best practice, develop ideas and help develop solutions on how we can all reduce our environmental impact in the home.
Unilever keen to collaborate on sustainability
April 2013 - Unilever CEO Paul Polman believes collaboration is crucial in driving forward solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
Unilever Sustainable Living Plan helping to drive growth
April 2013 - Our commitment to put sustainable and equitable growth at the heart of our business model is helping to drive increased sales while reducing costs and risks, according to the second Unilever Sustainable Living Plan Progress Report.
Paul Polman: Volatility and uncertainty – the new normal
April 2013 - We remain convinced that businesses that address both the direct concerns of citizens and the needs of the environment will prosper over the long term, writes Unilever CEO Paul Polman.
Unilever sources 1/3 agricultural raw materials sustainably
April 2013 - We now buy more than a third of our agricultural raw materials from sustainable sources, taking us closer to our target of 100% by 2020.
Unilever Sustainable Living Lab: Join Our Global Dialogue
April 2013 - We hosted a global online dialogue in a bid to co-create solutions to some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges.
Unilever reduces CO2 by 1 million tonnes
April 2014 - The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan has set a target of halving our environmental footprint across the value chain by 2020. By the end of 2012 we had reduced our total footprint by 6%. Good progress has been made in areas we can control.
Tackling sachet waste
March 2013 - Unilever sells many millions of products in single-use sachets, particularly in developing and emerging markets. These often end up in landfill or as litter.
Unilever’s Lifebuoy premieres film to launch pioneering health campaign
March 2013 - Unilever’s health soap, Lifebuoy, has launched the latest initiative in its quest to help reduce the deaths of two million children before their fifth birthday from preventable diseases such as diarrhoea and pneumonia.
Unilever investing in fast-growing emerging markets
March 2013 - Unilever’s first aerosol manufacturing plant in Asia follows hard on the heels of new factories announced for Thailand and South Africa.
Unilever partners with PSI and Facebook to launch Waterworks™
March 2013 - The Unilever Foundation, in partnership with PSI (Population Services International) announces the launch of Waterworks™, a not-for-profit programme that will provide safe clean drinking water to communities in need around the world.
Unilever invests €75 million to expand business in South Africa
March 2013 - Unilever has announced an investment of €75 million in South Africa to expand capacity with a new, state-of-the-art home care products factory, and upgrades to existing sites in Johannesburg and Durban.
Toilets for health
February 2013 - Toilets for Health, a report published by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Domestos, has provided new insights into the sanitation crisis.
Unilever named joint sector leader by the Forest Footprint Disclosure Project
February 2013 - Unilever leads the sector in the 2012 Annual Review of 100 companies by the Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) for the second year running.
Unilever puts spotlight on human and labour rights
February 2013 - Groundbreaking Oxfam report into global supply chain helps to fuel the debate on how business can improve human and labour rights.
Unilever named World Environment Center’s 2013 Gold Medal Winner
December 2012 - Unilever won the 29th Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development from the World Environment Center in recognition of our commitment to advancing environmental sustainability through the Sustainable Living Plan.
Unilever tops Climate Counts table
December 2012 - Unilever is the top-rated company in the Climate Counts 2012-2013 Annual Company Scorecard Report for the second year running, scoring 91 points out of 100.
Unilever wins FTSE4Good Award
December 2012 - Unilever has won an award from the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE), recognising the significant improvements we have made to the sustainability of our business.
Unilever and Save the Children launch global partnership
September 2012 - The Unilever Foundation and Save the Children launched a global partnership today which aims to save millions of lives in China, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Kenya.
Unilever joins Every Woman Every Child
October 2012 - Unilever has announced ambitious commitments to save millions of lives in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa after signing up to the UN-led initiative Every Woman Every Child.
Unilever leads DJSI sectors for 2012
September 2012 - Unilever is the top-scoring company in both the Food Producers sector and the Food and Beverage super-sector following the 2012 Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) review.
New commitment on palm oil
June 2012 - Unilever has announced it will reach its target of 100% certified sustainable palm oil covered by GreenPalm Certificates by the end of 2012, three years ahead of schedule. However we recognise that the GreenPalm Scheme is only a step along the road towards sustainable palm oil, not the end game.
Unilever’s Rio+20 manifesto: working together for a better world
June 2012 - Unilever is seeking to secure a commitment to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janiero.
Unilever recognised for sustainability leadership
May 2011 - Unilever ranked first in global online sustainability survey and awarded Ethical Corporation’s top Responsible Business Award.
Progress on the plan - one year on
March 2012 - Unilever has published its first progress report on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan since the 10-year plan was announced in November 2010. The report was discussed with hundreds of sustainability stakeholders, including NGOs, governments and industry peers at a series of dialogues in 25 countries.
Unilever switches off for Earth Hour
March 2009 - Unilever joined more than 300 multinational companies in cutting lights to help raise awareness of the dangers of climate change.
Unilever joint sector leader in 2011 Forest Footprint Disclosure Annual Review
February 2012 - Unilever’s efforts towards creating sustainable supply chains for palm oil, paper and board, and soy have been recognised in the Forest Footprint Disclosure’s (FFD) third Annual Review.
Unilever leads Climate Counts Company Scorecard
December 2011 - Unilever has topped the Climate Counts Company Scorecard, a global league table ranking the climate performance of the world’s largest companies.
Reponse to SOMO report about our tea plantation in Kericho
October 2011 - Unilever has responded to SOMO’s report into our Kenyan tea plantations.
Unilever buys first batch of sustainable soy oil certificates
June 2011 - Unilever purchased sustainable soy oils marking the next steps in our commitment to sustainable sourcing of agricultural raw materials.
Unilever wins award for Allanblackia
January 2011 - Unilever has won a Biodiversity Innovation award from the Union for Ethical BioTrade, an organisation promoting sourcing with respect.
Unilever commits to no animal testing for tea
January 2011 - Unilever has committed to no animal testing for our tea and tea-based beverages, with immediate effect.
Unilever included in Carbon Disclosure Project’s Leadership Index for sixth consecutive year
October 2010 - Unilever’s climate change disclosure puts it in top 10% of FTSE 350 companies.
Unilever leads sector in Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes
September 2010 - Unilever has been named sustainability leader in the Food & Beverage super-sector of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) for the twelfth consecutive year.
Learn how Lifebuoy is stepping up its life-saving work
April 2010 - Lifebuoy is building on its life-saving social mission with the publication of its first annual report.
Unilever and Coca-Cola produce climate change brochure
December 2009 - Unilever and The Coco–Cola Company have jointly published a brochure to demonstrate the vital role consumer goods companies play in tackling climate change.
Unilever takes stance against deforestation
December 2009 - Unilever today announced that it has decided to suspend all future purchases of palm oil from the Indonesian company PT SMART, part of the Sinar Mas group, until such time as they can provide verifiable proof that none of their plantations are contributing to the destruction of high conservation value forests and expanding onto peat lands.
Unilever validates Greenpeace’s ‘Burning up Borneo’ report
December 2009 - Unilever has published an independent study into Greenpeace's claims that our palm oil suppliers are breaching Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil requirements.
Unilever commended for climate change performance and disclosure
October 2009 - For the fifth consecutive year, Unilever is featured in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index.
Unilever's impact on biodiversity voted 'best in class'
October 2009 - Unilever has come out top in a recent study of more than 30 companies, measuring their impacts and dependency on the world’s ecosystems and biodiversity.
Supporting African farmers
September 2008 - A Unilever-backed World Economic Forum (WEF) pilot, teaching Kenyan farmers sustainable business skills, looks set to be rolled out across Africa in a bid to help end chronic hunger.
Paul Polman calls for global deforestation moratorium
May 2009 - Unilever takes the stage at world climate summit in Copenhagen
May 2009: Unilever among top 100 'World’s Most Reputable Companies'
May 2009 - Survey highlights Unilever's quality products
Wal-Mart turns to Unilever for water sustainability advice
January 2009 - Tomato pilot provides insights to water conservation
A thirst for sustainability
January 2009 - Unilever reaches an important milestone in its quest for sustainable tea production as eight tea estates in India gain Rainforest Alliance Certified status.
Unilever buys first certified sustainable palm oil
November 2008 - Unilever has secured palm oil from the first ever batch to be officially certified as 'sustainable'
Palm oil video
May 2008 - This short film discusses the background to our initiative on moving to sustainable palm oil which was launched on 1 May 2008.
World Economic Forum name Unilever a sustainability leader
January 2008 - Unilever received two accolades for its sustainability performance at the World Economic Forum in Davos.