Our strategy for sustainable business

Unilever has, from its origins, been a purpose-driven company. Today our purpose is simple but clear - to make sustainable living commonplace.

We are living in a world where temperatures are rising, water shortages are more frequent, food supplies are increasingly scarce and the gap between rich and poor increasing. Populations are growing fast, making basic hygiene and sanitation even more of a challenge. At Unilever we can see how people the world over are already affected by these changes. And the changes will pose new challenges for us too, as commodity costs fluctuate, markets become unstable and raw materials harder to source.

We believe that business must be part of the solution. But to be so, business will have to change; there is not ‘business as usual anymore’. Sustainable, equitable growth is the only acceptable business model. Our strategic vision is to double the size of our business while reducing our environmental footprint, and increasing our positive social impact.

In 2010 we launched the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, which is our blueprint for sustainable business. We will achieve our vision through our Plan, which is helping us to decouple our growth from our environmental impact while increasing our positive social impact, driving profitable growth for our brands, saving costs and fueling innovation.

About our strategy

Woman collecting water from a Sunlight water centre

Our vision is to grow our business whilst decoupling our environmental footprint and increasing our positive social impact.

Embedding sustainability

Farmers growing sustainable tomatoes for Knorr

Integrating sustainability into our strategy, brands and innovation is helping to drive business growth.

UK & Ireland Sustainable Living Plan progress report

Progress report

UK & Ireland Sustainable Living Plan progress report (PDF | 27MB)

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