Unilever has established new measures and commitments to improve the health of the planet, taking decisive action to combat climate change, protect and regenerate nature and preserve resources for future generations. Unilever will achieve Net Zero emissions from all its products by 2039, in addition to a new generation of farmers and smallholders, promoting programs to protect and restore forests, soil and biodiversity; working with governments and other organizations to improve access to water for communities in areas of water stress.
To accelerate action, Unilever’s brands will collectively invest €1 billion in a new dedicated Climate & Nature Fund. This will be used over the next ten years to take meaningful and decisive action, with projects likely to include landscape restoration, reforestation, carbon sequestration, wildlife protection and water preservation.
Alan Jope, Unilever CEO, explains: “While the world is dealing with the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, and grappling with serious issues of inequality, we can’t let ourselves forget that the climate crisis is still a threat to all of us. Climate change, nature degradation, biodiversity decline, water scarcity – all these issues are interconnected, and we must address them all simultaneously. In doing so, we must also recognise that the climate crisis is not only an environmental emergency; it also has a terrible impact on lives and livelihoods. We, therefore, have a responsibility to help tackle the crisis: as a business, and through direct action by our brands.”
“We set ourselves new and stretching targets that include halving our use of virgin plastic, and helping collect and process more plastic packaging than we sell. We will reduce the impact that our products and our operations have on the environment, and we will do our part to bring the planet back to health.”