Unilever Sustainable Living Plan Summary

Driving sustainable growth

Launched in November 2010, the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan sets out to decouple our growth from our environmental impact while increasing our positive social impact. It is our blueprint for sustainable business.

Our Plan sets out three big goals. Underpinning these goals are nine commitments supported by targets spanning our social, environmental and economic performance. Our Plan is distinctive because it spans our entire portfolio of brands, all countries in which we sell our products and it applies across the whole value chain – from the sourcing of raw materials to our factories and the way consumers use our products. We have established objective measurement techniques, including appropriate estimates and assumptions, for each of our targets.

Key

  • achieved
  • on-plan
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  • of target achieved

Improving health & well-being

By 2020 we will help more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being. We have helped 303 million people take action to improve their health and well-being.

1 Health & hygiene

By 2020 we will help more than a billion people to improve their health and hygiene. This will help reduce the incidence of life-threatening diseases like diarrhoea.

303 million people reached by end 2013.


2 Improving nutrition

We will continually work to improve the taste and nutritional quality of all our products. The majority of our products meet, or are better than, benchmarks based on national nutritional recommendations. Our commitment goes further: by 2020, we will double the proportion of our portfolio that meets the highest nutritional standards, based on globally recognised dietary guidelines. This will help hundreds of millions of people to achieve a healthier diet.

31%† of our portfolio by volume met the criteria for highest nutritional standards in 2013.



Saturated fat:


Reducing environmental impact

By 2020 our goal is to halve the environmental footprint of the making and use of our products as we grow our business.* Our greenhouse gas and water impacts per consumer use have increased and our waste impact per consumer use has reduced since 2010.

3 Greenhouse gases

Halve the greenhouse gas impact of our products across the lifecycle by 2020*.

Our greenhouse gas impact per consumer use has increased by around 5%† since 2010*


Our manufacturing

By 2020 CO2 emissions from energy from our factories will be at or below 2008 levels despite significantly higher volumes.



Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from washing clothes:


4 Water use

Halve the water associated with the consumer use of our products by 2020*+

Our water impact per consumer use has increased by 15% since 2010.


Our manufacturing

By 2020 water abstraction by our global factory network will be at or below 2008 levels, despite significantly higher volumes.


Reduce water use in the laundry process:



5 Waste & packaging

Halve the waste associated with the disposal of our products by 2020*

Our waste impact has reduced by around 11% since 2010*


Our manufacturing

By 2020 total waste sent for disposal will be at or below 2008 levels despite significantly higher volumes.



Recycle packaging:





Reduce Office Waste:

Enhancing livelihoods

By 2020 we will enhance the livelihoods of millions of people as we grow our business. We have provided help and training to 570,000 smallholder farmers.

* Our environmental targets are expressed on a ‘per consumer use’ basis. This means a single use portionor serving of a product. We have taken a lifecycle approach with a baseline of 2010.

+ In seven water-scarce countries representing around half the world’s population.

Independently assured by PwC.

** Subject to independent assurance by Moss Adams in April 2014.