Case Studies

Corporate Citizenship has advised Unilever for more than 17 years, and most recently helped to develop and launch the ground-breaking Sustainable Living Plan

Objectives

Unilever’s products such as Lifebuoy soap, Lipton tea and Persil and Omo laundry detergents are used by two billion people on any given day. The company has a long history of responsible business practices since the founders started the business in the 1890s.

In 2010, the company decided to step up its commitments as part of a new strategy to double the size of the business whilst reducing its environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact.

Action
  • Corporate Citizenship has worked with Unilever continuously since the late 1990’s. Our work has included: developing corporate policies on issues such as human rights and the sustainable sourcing of raw materials; advising on economic impact studies; and support for its global programme of corporate community investment.
  • In 2010, we helped to develop and launch the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, assisting with stress-testing the strategy, advising on metrics and identifying external issues for key opinion formers.
  • We have assisted Unilever with its reporting on sustainability in every year since 2000, most recently writing the Sustainable Living Plan Progress Report 2011 and 2012.
  • We continue to advise the company on a wide range of areas spanning specialist indices, partnership opportunities and identifying new trends and issues.
Results

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan has been widely acclaimed within the field of corporate responsibility and viewed as the new blueprint for corporate sustainability strategy.

Unilever has topped the Food Producers sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for 14 consecutive years.

The company was voted by peers as the highest global leader in sustainability (Globescan 2012).