1. Improved health and well-being
a. Health and hygiene. Goal: By 2020 we will help more than a billion people improve their health and hygiene.
i. Reduce diarrhoeal and respiratory disease through handwashing
ii. Provide safe drinking water
iii. Improve self esteem
iv. Improve oral health
b. Goal: By 2020 we will double the proportion of our portfolio that meets the highest nutritional standards, based on globally recognized dietary guidelines.
i. Reduce saturated fat
ii. Increase essential fatty acids
iii. Improve heart health
iv. Reduce calories
v. Remove trans fat
vi. Provide healthy eating information
vii. Reduce sugar
2. Reducing environmental impact
a. Greenhouse gases. Goal: Halve the greenhouse gas impact of our products across the lifecycle by 2020
i. Cut greenhouse gases in manufacturing by purchasing renewable energy, focusing on energy conservation and efficiency, and outfitting new factories with energy saving plans
ii. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from skin cleansing and hair washing
iii. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from washing clothes
iv. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation
v. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from refrigeration
vi. Reduce energy consumption in offices
vii. Reduce employee travel
b. Water use. Goal: Halve the water associated with consumer use of our products by 2020.
i. Reduce water in existing factories and build in water conservation in new factories
ii. Produce easy rinse product and products that use less water
iii. Reduce water use in skin cleansing and hair washing
iv. Reduce water in agriculture
c. Waste and packaging. Goal: Halve the waste associated with the disposal of our products by 2020.
i. Goal of zero non-hazardous waste to landfills
ii. Reduce packaging
iii. Increase recycling and recovery rate
iv. Increase recycled content of products
v. Reuse packaging
vi. Tackle sachet waste
vii. Eliminate PVC
viii. Reduce office waste
d. Sustainable sourcing. Goal: By 2020 we will source 100% of our agricultural raw materials sustainably. Several specific goals are listed ranging from paper and board to agricultural products like cage-free eggs and sustainable cocoa and palm oil.
3. Enhancing livelihoods
a. Fairness in the workplace. Goal: By 2020 we will advance human rights across our operations and extended supply chain.
i. Implement UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
ii. Source 100% of procurement spend in line with our Responsible Sourcing Policy
iii. Create a framework for fair compensation
iv. Improve employee health, nutrition, and well-being
b. Opportunities for women. Goal: By 2020 we will empower 5 million women.
i. Build a gender-balanced organization with a focus on management
ii. Promote safety for women in communities where we operate
iii. Enhance access to training and skills
iv. Expand opportunities in our value chain
c. Inclusive business. Goal: By 2020, we will have a positive impact on the lives of 5.5 million people.
i. Improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers
ii. Improve incomes of small scale retailers
iii. Increase the participation of young entrepreneurs in our value chain
Clearly striving to reach these goals involves all aspects of Unilever’s business operations, supply chain, and global operations. Very few companies have such a clear, far-reaching initiative that bridges the desire to promote products that they produce while advancing a clear sustainability agenda. And no, I'm not paid by Unilever to write this. I'm not saying it is the greenest company or the best sustainability plan on the planet, but it is impressive.