Quick run-down of Unilever’s USLP – One Year On

So, here it is – Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan’s first year report card being released in Delhi. The following text comes straight from Unilever’s press release sent to all the attendees of the event held on 24th April across the 5 cities of Delhi, London, São Paulo, Washington DC and Rotterdam:

Areas where Unilever is making genuinely good progress:

  • Sustainable sourcing – 24% of total agricultural raw materials now being sourced sustainably, versus 14% in 2010
  • Nutrition – over 90% of Unilever’s leading spreads now contain less than one-third saturated fat
  • Renewable energy now contributes 20% of Unilever’s total energy use. 100% of electricity purchased in Europe is now from renewable sources, and increased use of biomass to fuel boilers in India and China
  • Safe drinking water – 35 million people have gained access to safe drinking water from Pureit water purifier since 2005

Areas where Unilever had to consider carefully how to reach its targets, but are now ready to scale up:

  • These include health and hygiene: Lifebuoy soap’s hand washing programme reached 48 million people by the end of 2011, and new partnerships such as ‘train the trainer’ approach in Indonesia will help Unilever to go to the next level

Areas where Unilever is finding it difficult to make progress and will need to work with others to find solutions:

  • This applies particularly to targets that require consumer behaviour change, such as reducing the use of heated water in showering and washing clothes, or encouraging people to eat foods with lower salt levels

Sustainable Living Plan – India Highlights:

  • 30 million people reached with Lifebuoy soap handwashing programmes in 2010-11
  • 30 million people have gained access to safe drinking water by using Pureit in-home water purifier, since 2005
  • Around 60% of our major food and beverage brands — Brooke Bond, Bru, Knorr, Kissan and Kwality Wall’s — comply with the ‘Healthy Choice’ guidelines
  • Improved CO2 efficiency in transportation by 17.8% in 2011 over 2010
  • Reduced CO2 emissions by 14.7%, water use by 21.5%, and waste by 52.8% in our factories, over 2008 baseline
  • 60% of tomatoes in Kissan Ketchup are sourced sustainably
  • Extended the Shakti initiative by adding 30,000 Shaktimaans (family members of existing Shakti entrepreneurs)
  • In 2011, more than 30 projects were implemented across categories resulting in potential annualised reduction of more than 2000 tonnes of plastic, over 1750 tonnes of paper board and corrugated boxes

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