We made significant progress over the last year, increasing the proportion of sustainably sourced dairy ingredients from 10% in 2011 to 31% in 2012.
Following a successful pilot in 2011, we have scaled up our work with the dairy co-operatives, FrieslandCampina.
FrieslandCampina and Unilever's Code
FrieslandCampina is one of the largest dairy co-operatives in the world. It has thousands of member farmers and is a major supplier of the cream and creamer materials we use in ice cream.
The company has introduced its own sustainability commitments and we needed to ensure that its practices were aligned with our Code, which covers, among other things, the treatment of cows, grazing conditions and local biodiversity and waste impacts.
An initial pilot in 2011 enabled 12 of FrieslandCampina’s member farms to self-assess their sustainability practices against the Unilever Sustainable Agriculture Code. Based on the findings, improvement plans were developed and in 2012, we assessed a further 116 farms. The high levels of compliance mean that we can be confident that all the dairy supplied by FrieslandCampina meets the standards in our Code, and is sustainable sourced.