Unilever supports relief work in the Philippines

In the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Unilever Foundation has launched a relief programme worth almost €1million. We are working with our global partners to provide life-saving relief to thousands of people through product donations, financial contributions and relevant expertise.

Providing basic supplies

Although all Unilever employees currently working in the Philippines are safely accounted for, more than 11.5 million people have been affected by one of the most powerful storms to ever make landfall. Many are now struggling to survive without food, shelter or clean water.

With the risk of disease and the need for clean water and food supplies growing, the Foundation is supporting the emergency relief efforts of Oxfam, Save the Children, UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide people with the basic supplies they need in the coming days, weeks and months.

We are working with the partners to provide emergency food parcels and access to drinking water and medical care as well as providing special kits containing Unilever products including soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and high-energy snacks.

We've also launched an employee donation programme where all funds pledged by employees will be matched by the Unilever Foundation.*

Supporting rehabilitation

Moving forward, we will work with the partners to help communities as they start their long rehabilitation process by donating funds, products and, where relevant, behaviour change collateral. Our supply chain and logistics teams will offer to support our global partners to get relief out to communities.

Paul Polman says: “The Unilever Foundation is working together with our global partners to support the people of the Philippines after the horrific devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

Partners’ work in the region

Oxfam’s team is already on the ground providing clean water, food and sanitation facilities. They aim to reach around 500,000 people, providing tents and plastic sheeting and distributing household water filters. They will also install emergency toilets. Donate to Oxfam now https://donate.oxfam.org.uk/emergency/philippines?intcmp=takeover_philippines_2013-11-10

Save the Children will reach 500,000 children and their family members by providing medical teams and supplies, clean water and shelter.Internationally, pre-positioned emergency stocks have been deployed and are already in the Philippines for use by teams on the ground.Donate to Save the Children now http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/corporate-partnerships/unilever-emergency

The World Food Programme plans to provide emergency food assistance to 2.5 million people over the next six months. In the first days since Typhoon Haiyan struck, WFP has distributed high energy biscuits and emergency rations of rice and tinned food. As the emergency develops WFP will begin wider food distributions and activities that encourage people to engage in clean-up activities in exchange for food assistance. Donate to WFP now www.wfp.org/typhoon

UNICEF is delivering almost 20,000 kilos of supplies, including emergency health kits, shelter equipment and kits for diarrhoea as well as over £250,000 worth of food for malnourished children, health supplies and water and sanitation equipment from its pre-positioned supplies. Donate to UNICEF now http://support.unicef.org/campaign/donate-now/donate

* The Unilever Foundation will match employee donations up to a total of €50,000.

Katya Bridges - UK and Ireland Media Relations Manager

T: 01372 945925
M: 07785 450287


Back to top