UNGC index

As a founding signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), we are committed to living out the Compact's principles on human rights, labour standards, environment and anti-corruption in everyday business operations. 

Message from our Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

"Unilever supports the principles of the UN Global Compact and welcomes its recognition of the positive contribution that business has to make a more prosperous and sustainable world…" Read the full message from our Chairman & Chief Executive Officer in Downloads.

Extending our support

In January 2011 Unilever accepted the Global Compact’s invitation to join a group of 54 companies signing up to LEAD, a new initiative to improve environmental, social and governance performance and set a new benchmark for corporate sustainability.

Companies joining LEAD commit to work towards implementation of the Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership, a comprehensive roadmap outlining around 50 actions businesses can take to achieve greater sustainability. See UNGC for more detail.

The Blueprint was first introduced by the Global Compact in June 2010. It provides an action plan in three core areas, identifying best practices in each and a total of 50 criteria for leadership. The core areas focus on integrating the Global Compact’s ten principles into strategies and operations; taking action in support of broader UN goals and issues; and engaging with the Global Compact.

LEAD companies will also share their knowledge and report on their activities and pledge to work more actively with United Nations agencies, funds and programmes to tackle sustainability challenges.

In 2012, our Chief Executive Officer, Paul Polman, joined the Board of the UN Global Compact.

Communication on Progress

Our activity around the ten UN Global Compact’s Principles covering human rights, labour standards, environmental responsibility and business integrity (anti-corruption) is described in detail here in the download. This is our annual Global Compact Communication on Progress for 2012.

The download is an index that cross-references the ten Principles to our approach and how the Principles are integrated into our business. It also provides links to the relevant sections of our online Unilever Sustainable Living Report for 2012.

One of the ambitions of LEAD is the publication of Communications on Progress (COPs) that cover members’ efforts in implementing the Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership.