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Unilever reveals Global Sustainability Plan

To take small actions and make a big difference by 2020

The strategic plan

In ten years, Unilever plans to halve the environmental footprint of the making and using of its products.

This, as well as other details for achieving ambitious societal and environmental impact intents, was clearly outlined in the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, which was launched in November 2010.

According to Unilever CEO Paul Polman, while Unilever intends to rapidly grow its business to make a bigger difference for the world, “growth at any cost is not viable.”

“This is why our strategy is to ensure our products meet the consumer’s needs for balanced nutrition, good hygiene and the confidence which comes from having clean clothes, clean hair and good skin. In addition, we will decouple growth from environmental impact, and also increase our social impacts to enhance livelihoods.”

Achieving it across the globe

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan is a global action plan for all Unilever operations around the world to:

  • Help more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being
  • Decouple growth from environmental impact, achieving absolute reductions across the product lifecycle. The goal is to halve the environmental footprint of the making and use of our products by 2020.
  • Enhance the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people in the supply chain.
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