Sustainable sourcing

Palm oil worker

Growing for the future

Agriculture and forest conversion together are the largest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions and are major drivers of deforestation.

Sustainable sourcing of raw materials

Half 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 believe we can not only make our own supply chain sustainable but also drive systemic change within the agricultural system as a whole by:

  • Working to eliminate deforestation

  • Championing sustainable agriculture and the development of smallholder farmers

We are committed to sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably 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

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

Allanblackia farmers with ICRAF representative, Nairobi

Our strategy

Targets & performance

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

Tea picker at Unilever's estate in Kericho, Kenya

Targets & performance

By focusing on people’s sustainable living needs we build stronger brands.

By looking at product development, sourcing and manufacturing through a sustainability lens, opportunities for innovation and cost reduction open up.

By sourcing sustainably we can reduce risk in our raw material supply chains.

Sustainable palm oil

100% of our palm oil is sustainable, mainly in the form of GreenPalm certificates.

Truck driving through a palm oil plantation, Malaysia

Sustainable palm oil

Sustainable paper & board

We are committed to sustainably sourcing paper and board packaging.

Packaging on the production line in Hefei, China

Sustainable paper & board

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