Unilever

Unilever’s vision for sustainable growth is to double the size of business, while reducing our environmental footprint and increasing our positive social impact. The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan focuses on: Improving Health and Well-Being, Reducing Environmental Impact, Enhancing Livelihoods, and Sustainable Sourcing.

Unilever believes that collaboration is essential for change, and is thus stepping up engagement with governments, NGOs and other leaders in the industry to tackle global sustainability issues.

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News & Views
Jun 2011

Capitalism was founded on a simple principle: I create a product or service that provides you with a benefit, and you pay me. You're rewarded with a sense of well-being, and I'm rewarded with money. Both of us walk away happy.

There are two catches, however.

The first is that we live on a finite planet. If the products and services...

News & Views
Jun 2011

Big brands have the power to shift culture and influence behavior. But will big brands step up and show consumers the way to a better future? Or will they be left in the dust by grassroots brands?

 

As the Chinese curse goes, we live in interesting times. Climate change is disrupting our core belief in progress and unending...

News & Views
Jun 2011

Proctor & Gamble and Unilever were made to pay EUR 315 million in fines in April for agreeing to protect market share and control pricing while introducing more sustainable laundry detergents. The case raises questions about what type of industry...

News & Views
Jun 2011

Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) signed a multi-year joint development agreement that could lead to the use of more sustainably sourced chemicals in its products. The agreement is with ZeaChem Inc., a Colorado-based developer of cellulosic biorefineries that convert renewable feedstocks into fuels and chemicals.
The agreement is expected to...

News & Views
Apr 2011

Recent essays by Mr. Barton of McKinsey & Company and Mr. Polman of Unilever offer ways to restore trust in businesses and repair capitalism in the wake of the financial crisis. While their remedies are very rational, I found them to be inward...

News & Views
Apr 2011

Unilever announced that it will become the single largest commercial purchaser of renewable energy in Canada through a new deal to purchase 59,000 megawatt-hours (MWh )of renewable electricity from Bullfrog Power.
 
The purchase means that many of the products Canadians buy every day, including those from Becel, Hellmann's...

News & Views
Mar 2011

March 9, 2011 – Unilever has named former Coca-Cola Senior Vice President of Global Brand Marketing, Marc Mathieu, as its new SVP of Marketing. He will take his post on April 1st and report directly to Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Kieth Weed.
 
In his new positoin, Marc will be tasked with the...

News & Views
Feb 2011

February 11, 2011 - Companies can be divided into two distinct groups based on their sustainability practices, according to a new study by MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group.
 
There are “embracers”--those that place sustainability high on their agenda--and “cautious adopters,” who have yet to focus on...

News & Views
Feb 2011

February 11, 2011 - The world’s second largest palm oil company has agreed to conserve Indonesian forests after major corporations Unilever and Nestle cancelled valuable supply contracts.
 
A Greenpeace campaign highlighting the role of Golden Agri-Resources Limited (GAR) and its Indonesian plantations in driving deforestation...

News & Views
Dec 2010

December 6, 2010 – At Food Manufacture’s Sustainable Food Supply Chain conference last week, the head of sustainability at Coca-Cola Enterprises, Joe Franses, called for companies to move beyond the top-down initiatives driving sustainability today and harness their brands’ power to...

News & Views
Nov 2010

Unilever’s audacious Sustainable Living Plan, the recently announced company roadmap to grow overall revenues while shrinking the company environmental footprint, is filled with opportunity. But what makes it standout is its detail – the data behind the goals, the outlined approach for achieving them and the open admission of the many...

News & Views
Nov 2010

November 15, 2010 – Unilever today unveiled their ambitious “Sustainable Living Plan,” which prioritizes sustainable consumption by decoupling growth targets from sustainability goals, and intends to halve the GHG emissions, water use, and waste produced from company operations as well...

News & Views
Sep 2010

As companies invest more financial and human resources into sustainability, it is important to make sure the right metrics are in place to ensure CSR goals are tied to overarching corporate strategies. Yet there’s been little or no discussion around what or how to best measure CSR communications – here are some...

News & Views
Jun 2010

June 17, 2010 - Sustainable Brands 2010, Sustainable Life Media’s flagship event, reached capacity again this year with attendees working to identify the ideas, discover the tools and build productive new partnerships that will help drive sustainable brands in the future. More than 700 brand...

Library
May 2010

To be most effective, CSR initiatives must be intimately connected to the corporate brand. They must reinforce a company’s unique identity and be an integral part of how a business tells its story. In this session, Kellie McElhaney of UC Berkeley and one of the world’s leading experts on CSR strategy, offers seven principles and a detailed...

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