Our commitment at Unilever to help tackle the climate crisis has never been stronger. We’re eliminating emissions from our operations by 2030, and working with our brands, suppliers, retailers, and consumers to reach net zero across our value chain by 2039. We have reduced our manufacturing carbon footprint in the UK and Ireland by two thirds since 2018, four of our sites are carbon neutral, and we use 100% renewable grid electricity.
Climate Action in the UK & Ireland
We believe you can’t have a healthy business on an unhealthy planet. Not only is climate action critical for our business and important to our people and teams, but our consumers also expect our brands to take direct action.
In the UK & Ireland, our food brands are taking a stand as part of our ambitions. Ben & Jerry’s advocates for climate justice, Hellmann’s is supporting households to reduce food waste and The Vegetarian Butcher and Knorr are inspiring more plant-based meals.
Our Beauty & Wellbeing and Personal Care teams are taking action for a more , with commitments to do less harm and more good for the natural world. Our Simple team have supported The Woodland Trust to restore 58 hectares of ancient woodland and our Dove team have moved all their bottles to be made with 100% recycled plastic.
When it comes to our Home Care brands, we’re working towards a . Comfort is advocating for a slow fashion revolution and Persil is removing carbon from their formulas and encouraging young people to take climate action in their communities.
Across all our brands, we’re innovating our packaging to ensure that by 2025 our products can be recycled, reused or composted. And we’re taking action across our full business too, working to reduce and replace our carbon footprint with greener and renewable processes from our factories and supply chains through to our offices and the way we make our adverts.
Read more about our climate action and progress in the UK & Ireland below
Our Global Climate Commitments
The climate crisis is affecting people all over the world, but we believe in a better future. One in which the health of the planet is as important as the stability of the global economy. The science is clear: act now or it will be too late.
That’s why we’ve set ambitious science-based targets to play our part in keeping global temperature rises to 1.5°C. We’re working to eliminate carbon emissions from our own operations and to reach net zero emissions from all our products by 2039 – from the sourcing of the materials we use, up to the point of sale of our products in the store. We’re transitioning to renewable energy across our operations, finding new low-carbon ingredients, expanding our plant-based product range and developing fossil-fuel-free cleaning and laundry products.
We’re harnessing our power to encourage change well beyond our business. Our brands are working to make it easier for people to make sustainable choices. And we’re calling on governments, businesses and other partners to raise their ambitions and join the race to zero emissions.
Our brands in action
Persil: Change for Good (1 of 3)
Our Persil team believe in being tough on stains, but kind to the planet. That’s why all our Persil bottles are made using recycled plastic, are 100% recyclable and use a liquid formulation made with plant-based stain removers. Persil’s Dirt Is Good Project is empowering young people to take action in their communities to help create a better world. Take a look at .
The Vegetarian Butcher: Join the Revolution (2 of 3)
Hellmann’s: Make taste, not waste (3 of 3)
Shining a light on the huge issue of food waste, Hellmann’s is on a mission to make taste, not waste, by inspiring a love for leftovers. They’re sharing tips, tricks and hacks for how to reduce food waste – inspiring people to start their own food waste journey with their free .
Full of tips, tricks and recipe inspiration, the free is the perfect way to help people battle food waste while putting together delicious meals.
Meet the people driving climate action in our business, helping us to achieve our goals - benefiting both people and the planet.