Sustainable sourcing is vital to feeding the world’s people while respecting the planet’s resources – and essential to the responsible growth of our business.
People, planet and prosperity: why we all need sustainable agriculture to flourish
How will the world rise to the challenge of feeding over 9 billion people without depleting the planet’s natural resources? How will we achieve our ambitions to grow Unilever responsibly, with a supply chain that both retains consumers’ trust and creates new opportunities for positive social impacts and business growth?
We believe a big part of the answer to both questions can be found in the widespread adoption of sustainable agriculture – which is why we’re committed to sourcing our agricultural raw materials sustainably.
Sustainable farming methods have the potential to increase farmers’ yields considerably, mitigate the effects of climate change, and provide farmers, their families and their surrounding communities with opportunities to build more prosperous societies – so they can contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The business benefits are clear. Sourcing sustainably helps secure our supplies, and reduces risk and volatility in our raw material supply chains. It opens up opportunities for innovation: by focusing on people’s sustainable living needs and consumer preference, we build stronger brands. Sustainable farming methods can also improve the quality of our products, such as our sauces, soups, dressings and ice creams.