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Unilever, DHL Expand Relationship With Focus on Supply Chain Efficiency

Leading sustainable brand Unilever and global logistics company DHL this week announced plans to expand an existing business relationship in an effort to improve carbon efficiency and reduce waste across the supply chain.

Specific details have yet to be released, but a Joint Business Development Plan (JBDP) will link Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan with DHL’s GoGreen initiative.

A spokesperson for DHL Supply Chain said the companies have focused in on several areas for potential collaboration, according to a report on BusinessGreen. These include plans to develop a blueprint for sustainable warehouse designs, methodologies for accurately measuring supply chain emissions, and strategies for reducing waste levels and boosting recycling rates. Additionally, the companies may explore the use of electric or alternative fuel vehicles to cut the environmental footprint of supply chain logistics.

The companies also plan to extend the geographical footprint of existing services offered particularly in developing and emerging markets including Brazil, Russia, India, China and Mexico. The companies said other activities will include a “design once, deploy everywhere” methodology to streamline the adoption of innovative processes.

Among other commitments, Unilever aims to double in size by 2020, while cutting its environmental impact in half. Unilever’s Senior Vice President of Sustainability Gavin Neath recently spoke with Sustainable Brands about the company’s progress over the first 18 months of the Sustainable Living Plan. And last month the Unilever Foundation, in partnership with PSI (Population Services International), launched a not-for-profit program that will engage Facebook users to help provide safe clean drinking water to communities in need around the world.

Earlier this week, DHL announced that it improved the CO2 efficiency of its ground operations in Asia-Pacific 21 percent in 2011 compared to 2010. The achievement will help the company towards its goal of cutting carbon emissions 30 percent by 2020.

Bart King is a PR/marketing communications consultant and principal at Cleantech Communications.

Bart King is the principal of New Growth Communications, a network of affiliated content producers and strategists serving clients in the emerging green economy. He is also Associate Editor of Sponsored Content for Sustainable Brands. Follow him @bart_king [Read more about Bart King]

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