Working in partnerships to improve the lives of millions

Global partnerships are a vital part of our business model - which recognises that growth for Unilever is inextricably linked to our ability to have a positive social impact and reduce our environmental footprint.

Unilever’s sustainable living plan goals to be achieved by 2020:

Partners and programmes

The MaMoni Integrated Safe Motherhood, Newborn Care and Family Planning Project in Bangladesh. Copyright Shafiqul Alam Kiron/Save the Children

Growth for Unilever is linked to our ability to have a positive social impact and reduce our environmental footprint.

  • help more than 1 billion people take action to improve their health and well-being
  • halve the environmental footprint of the making and use of our products
  • enhance the livelihoods of millions of people

To achieve these ambitions, we need to create transformational change - and we cannot do this alone. Through global partnerships, we work with other stakeholders who share our commitment, such as UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, social impact investors, foundations, and government organisations.

These partnerships take advantage of the breadth and scale of our business to make a difference in ways that are systemic and sustainable, and align with Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. They aim to improve the lives of people throughout our value chain, from the millions of smallholders and farmers who grow our ingredients, through the network of entrepreneurs and retailers who sell our products, to the billions of consumers who use them.

Our partnerships are designed to create positive impacts on health and well-being, nutrition and food security, sustainable agriculture, women’s empowerment, inclusive business, disaster and emergency relief and combating deforestation - while also driving Unilever's sustainable growth by building trust, reducing risk or reducing cost. Since 2012, we have positively impacted the lives of more than 30 million people worldwide.

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