We’re building a business the world can be proud of
Ten years ago we set out on a journey to become the world’s most sustainable business.
To prove that growth doesn’t have to come at the expense of people and planet.
To show that business can be a force for good – through actions, not just words.
We've achieved many of our goals, but failed to reach others.
A decade on, we're sharing what we’ve learnt along the way.
And we’re putting that learning at the heart of a new, even more ambitious strategy.
Looking back on a pioneering decade
In 2010, we launched the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP).
The USLP changed the game. At a time when most businesses saw sustainability and business as separate, we saw that they were linked.
This wasn't a sustainability plan.
It was a plan for a successful, sustainable business.
We looked at every aspect of our value chain and framed our approach around big goals that we knew were at the heart of the global sustainable development agenda.
Climate action. Gender equality. The health and nutrition of billions of people. Respect for the environment. A fairer, more prosperous world.
Then we underpinned those goals with perhaps the most comprehensive range of sustainability targets that any business of our size had ever set.