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Planet & Society

The world has never had a clearer view of the social and environmental challenges that face us all. The need for action has never been greater.

And we know we have a big role to play. We’re a company of brands and people with a clear purpose: to make sustainable living commonplace.

A pioneering decade

In 2010, we launched the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP), setting out to prove that that sustainability and successful business performance are linked.

Over the ten years of the USLP, the world has changed. The issues that inspired us to act have become mainstream. Stakeholders no longer see sustainability commitments as a nice-to-have – they rightly expect them as a minimum.

We’ve learnt a lot along the way. And while we haven't always got everything right, we believe we've stayed true to our ambition to be leaders in sustainability; driven by our core beliefs that brands with purpose grow; companies with purpose last; and people with purpose thrive.

We're more certain than ever that the course we're on is the right one – for us, and for the world. And armed with the experience of our USLP, we are setting out to create a movement in which our suppliers, customers and consumers are all part of building a better future.

A new contract – with society, and the planet

Now we want to push our business – and the way business is done – further than ever before. Our Unilever Compass corporate strategy sets out how we'll make that ambition a reality.

The Unilever Compass puts serving our stakeholders at the heart of everything we do.

It reinforces the non-negotiable importance of respect for human rights. And it sets out ambitious programmes of action to tackle the most critical issues of our time, harnessing the full scale and impact of our brands and going further and faster through stretching time-bound targets that drive positive change.

Our vision in action

We have the scale, the capability and the will to make a real, positive and lasting difference to the planet and our society. We’re changing, we’re acting and we’re supporting others who act too.

Learn more about the areas we’re addressing.

Improve the health of the planet

With the planet in crisis, we must do our part to stop the damage and restore its health. That’s why we have set out a range of new, ambitious actions to fight climate change and protect nature.

Improve people’s health, confidence and wellbeing

As the only multinational consumer goods company with a portfolio across Beauty & Personal Care, Home Care, Foods and Refreshment, we are uniquely placed to deliver change at scale across health, hygiene and nutrition.

Contribute to a fairer, more socially inclusive world

We are committed to help build a society that truly leaves no one behind. We believe we can make a valuable contribution by raising living standards, creating opportunities through inclusivity and preparing people for the future of work.

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There's no time to waste

We will act to improve the health of the planet. Taking climate action. Protecting and regenerating nature. And creating a waste-free world.

We will contribute to fairer, more socially inclusive world. Focusing on equity, diversity and inclusion in everything we do. Galvanising our business to actively raise living standards, and preparing people for the future of work.

At the same time, we will improve the health and well-being of individuals. Our brands will be at the heart of this work – as they have been throughout our existence.

We know this will make a huge difference. But we also know that the biggest challenges call for action that goes beyond the changes that one business can make alone.

Some of the biggest opportunities for positive impact are in our value chain and the societies we connect with. So we must use the full size and scale of Unilever to influence the business practices and policies of people we work with, and in economies where we operate.

Because for all of us who want to see a fairer, more socially inclusive world, and a healthy planet, the message is clear: there's no time to waste. Let's act.

Planet & Society in Canada

In Canada, we are working to make sustainable living commonplace across our business by: improving the health of the planet; improving people’s health, confidence and wellbeing; and contributing to a fairer, more socially inclusive world

Improving the Health of the Planet

We’re working both internally and with others to create a circular economy where plastic is reused and kept in productive cycles so that it doesn’t end up as waste. Unilever Canada is a proud founding member of the Canada Plastics Pact, a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Global Plastics Pact network. We are also working to create no, better and less plastic solutions in our packaging. In fact, 50% of the plastic used in our packaging across North America is from recycled plastic. Some examples of our packaging reformulations include the launch of our Vim Refill Ecopack which uses 75% less plastic, our Love Beauty and Planet shampoo bar with no wrapper, and our ultra-concentrated Seventh Generation laundry detergent.

Taking meaningful action to address climate change is also essential for us in reducing our environmental footprint. That’s why we have been sourcing only renewable electricity for our Canadian facilities since 2011 which has helped us avoid over 60,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions over the past 10 years.

Improving People’s Health and Wellbeing:

We believe physical and mental health, wellbeing and inclusion are crucial contributors to a wider view of what good health is. One of our largest health initiatives is the Dove Self-Esteem Project, now a global movement for change, which was created in Canada.Since 2005, Dove has reached over 3.6 million young Canadians with Dove Self-Esteem resources to help raise their self-esteem and realize their full potential.The “Reverse Selfie” campaign addresses the issue of the increased use of photo editing apps in response to the pressure young people are feeling through social media.

Contributing to a Fairer More Socially Inclusive World:

We want to see a society where everyone is treated equally. That’s why we're working to create a fairer, more socially inclusive world through our brands and within our own company.

Through our global commitment to ‘Act 2 Unstereotype’, which will see a broadening of our 2016 commitment to ‘Unstereotype’, we are challenging ourselves to create marketing, not just advertising, that will help influence the next generation of people to be free from prejudice. Our SheaMoisture brand funds educational and entrepreneurial programs which are designed to create an inclusive and thriving society from North America to Africa. Ben & Jerry's is committed to creating awareness on social justice issues including marriage equality, climate justice and peace building.

Within our own business at Unilever Canada, we are on a journey to create a culture of belonging where our people can be their best authentic self. We are proud to have a gender balanced workforce. We are also working to ensure that we have an organization that is representative of the unique diversity that makes up the Canadian population.

Our ambition is to make sustainable living commonplace

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