Opportunities for women
Unilever is in a strong position to help empower women around the world: over 70% of our consumers are women and they play essential roles in our value chain. We also engage women as growers, distributors, and factory and office employees.
Often, women are the change agents within the family, and globally it is acknowledged that economically empowering women creates a ripple effect on families, communities and economies1.
Empowering women has been recognised as key to the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development. We advocated the adoption of a specific target on women’s empowerment, which is now Global Goal 5 on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. Through our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan our activities also impact a number of the other Goals, such as Goal 1 on poverty; 2 zero hunger; 4 quality education; 8 decent work and economic growth; 9 industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10 reduce inequality; and 17 partnerships for the goals.
Addressing barriers to gender equality is not just the right thing to do; it is also vital for our future growth. We consider the respect and promotion of women’s rights and the advancement of women’s economic inclusion as a business priority. By promoting the formal and active participation of women in the economy, we aim to transform lives, families, communities and economies. In turn, we have the opportunity to grow our markets, brands and business.