In March 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, and the Sustainable Living Plan pages on the Unilever website at www.unilever.co.uk/sustainable-living.
The summary showed a clear understanding of the company’s environmental impacts. It discussed a number of specific environmental impacts: Reducing greenhouse gas emission, including through transportation, manufacturing, product design and office use; water; waste, including recycling, plastic and toxic waste; and responsible sourcing including palm oil, soy and paper.
The summary provided data related to a number of dated and quantifiable targets outlined on the sustainable living pages, including:
Ensuring that 2020 water abstraction levels are at or below 2008 levels despite significantly higher volumes
Ensuring that 2020 CO2 emissions from energy from our factories are at or below 2008 levels despite significantly higher volumes
Making all operations carbon positive by 2030
Sourcing 100% of agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, including having 100% physically certified Palm Oil by 2019.
Achieving zero net deforestation associated with key commodities no later than 2020.
The summary was verified by an independent organisation, PwC.
However the updates and reports on targets were from 2017 and no more up to date information could be found. It was therefore deemed that this document was older than two years.
As a result Unilever received Ethical Consumer’s middle rating for its Environmental Reporting and lost half a mark in this category.
https://www.drhauschka.co.uk/dr-hauschka-international/ (10 March 2020)