The For the Love of Trees event, organised by Trees for Cities in collaboration with Unilever and the Mayor of London and with support from the Climate Coalition, saw a total of 10,000 trees planted in King George’s Field, West London on Saturday 13th February. The community event provided volunteers with a crash course in tree planting while raising awareness of the importance of trees to our urban environment and in tackling climate change.
The initiative is linked to a partnership between Unilever and the Mayor of London to deliver 40,000 new trees. 20,000 are being offered to London’s schools and 20,000 will be dedicated to developing the urban woodland in the Borough of Ealing.
There is clear evidence of the importance of trees in the fight against climate change and of their value to society in helping to deliver a more sustainable future. Unilever is working on highlighting this issue through its brightFuture movement.
David Elliott, Chief Executive of Trees for Cities said “Our trees are invaluable to our communities and it is important for us to recognise this. They provide us with shade, improve the quality of our air, create wildlife habitats, and are a vital element of healthy recreational spaces. It was encouraging to see such a high turnout for our event which clearly demonstrates how people of all ages are realising the importance of working together to improve our environment”.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. It has 172,000 employees and generated sales of €53.3 billion in 2015. Over half (57%) of the company’s footprint is in developing and emerging markets. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Persil, Dove, Knorr, Domestos, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Wall’s, PG Tips, Ben & Jerry’s, Marmite, Magnum and Lynx.
Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) commits to:
- Decoupling growth from environmental impact.
- Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being.
- Enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020.
Unilever was ranked number one in its sector in the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In the FTSE4Good Index, it achieved the highest environmental score of 5. It led the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the 2015 GlobeScan/SustainAbility annual survey for the fifth year running, and in 2015 was ranked the most sustainable food and beverage company in Oxfam’s Behind the Brands Scorecard.
Unilever has been named in LinkedIn’s Top 3 most sought-after employers across all sectors.