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Unilever Sustainable Living Plan: The Transform Initiative Engages Social Entrepreneurs

Geschreven op 15-11-2010 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Agenda, Duurzaam, Int. Samenwerking Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Unilever Sustainable Living Plan23 November 2015: Unilever engages Social Entrepreneurs to accelerate the Sustainable Living Plan. 

Today, Unilever has announced the next wave of innovation challenges as part of the business’s commitment to sustainable living.

Through the Unilever Foundry, social impact businesses can engage with the Company to access mentorship, explore partnership opportunities and receive funding. In the same way that the organisation has helped entrepreneurs in the digital marketing space to go from start-up to scale-up, they’re now looking to bring those capabilities to the forefront to help social entrepreneurs scale their impact and ideas.The Transform initiative is a result of a partnership between the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) and Unilever – with the aim to create jobs, increase incomes and improve the health and wellbeing of 100 million people in developing countries by 2025, in support of the Global Goals.Transform is a further commitment to the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP), which aims to double the size of the Unilever business while reducing the company’s environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact. The Transform initiative will fund and support a series of business and research projects to create: Transformative, and financially viable, social businesses. Research that informs how businesses can deliver more effective behaviour change.

Through the Unilever Foundry, various challenges will be posted and social entrepreneurs or researchers operating in the relevant categories and geographies will be invited to submit their solutions, for the chance to receive technical and operational support and grant funding up to £250,000 to develop their ideas and take them forward.

Transform challenge categories are focussed around Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Energy solutions for low income households in developing countries. They include: Early-stage, business solutions (including novel distribution models) to meet WASH and Energy needs for low-income households. Mobile and/or digital technologies within financially sustainable business models that meet low-income household needs around WASH and Energy. Research into various areas of behavior change related to delivery of WASH and Energy solutions in low income households and communities

The Transform programme partners will engage with the winning project teams in a collaborative process to provide technical and operational support and investment to help develop and prove the potential of their ideas for impact at scale.

Rebecca Marmot, Vice President Global Partnerships, Unilever said: “Through the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan we have committed to empowering women, enhancing the livelihoods of millions of workers and improving the health and well-being of more than a billion people. This commitment combined with partnerships such as Transform and the Unilever Foundry’s unique support means we can cut the time it takes to get initiatives to market – and continue to create change and impact at scale.”

The Transform initiative will be a five year, minimum £10 million, programme that will initially focus on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and household energy. The project is the first initiative to be launched since Unilever and DFID committed to working together to help the world’s poor in 2014 and the first partnership of its kind between a leading international business and DFID. CGEP joins as the first Partner, bringing its expertise in last-mile distribution.

October 23 2015: Unilever Reaches New Zero Landfill Milestone: Zero Landfill at 63 Facilities in Europe

November 26 2010: So, i checked and checked the new Unilever Sustainable Living Plan website to find detailed information and it seems to me that information is nowhere to find. The Sustainable Product Analyzer contains only 15 products so far, so 1636 missing.

This product analyzer is something special. To analyze a product you need to analyze it three times. For Greenhouse Gases, for water and for Waste. No overall result. So far the new Unilever strategy on sustainability looks like a mild way of greenwashing.  Lots of words, no real information and nice targets for the long term.

Unilever just unvieled a new website with all information about the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (PDF). Key item of the new sustainability strategy of Unilever is the Sustainability Product Analyzer with 1651 products in 14 countries. Goal is to reduce environmental impact with 50 percent within ten years.

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan will result in three significant outcomes by 2020: Help more than a billion people improve their health and well-being. Halve the environmental impact of Unilever products. Enhance the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people in Unilever’s supply chain. To halve the environmental footprint of the making and use of Unilever products by 2020 on a ‘per consumer use’ basis. By ‘per consumer use’  Unilever means a single use, portion or serving of a product.

Unilever Produc AnalyzerUnilever analysed 1.651 products and covered all categories except Lipton ready-to-drink tea business in which Unilever partner with PepsiCo, and the Food Solutions business which provides products to the catering and institutional industries. They also covered all key formats. Unilever covered 14 countries that together represent Unilever’s geographical footprint, namely: Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, UK and US. The calculation covers 70% of Unilever volumes in 2008.

Unilever is confident that the analysis of GHG, water and waste for these products across these countries provides sufficient coverage to say that their environmental impacts are representative of Unilever as a whole. Quick Facts: 95% of Unilever product impacts typically come from outside their own operations. Figures cover over 70% of Unilever sales. Around 1 trillion consumer uses per year assessed. The measurements cover the whole lifecycle of products, from how they source raw materials to how consumers use and dispose of Unilever products; the vast majority of the impacts of products come from these two parts of the lifecycle. The impact of Unilever’s operations – manufacturing and distribution – is typically only about 5% of the total. They calculated total (aggregated) footprint, and a ‘per consumer use’ measure. By ‘per consumer use’ Unilever means a single use, portion or serving of a product.

Unilever’s Plan is ambitious because it looks at many of the impacts our products have on the world around us, and sets targets that go far beyond our own operations. They studied the lifecycle of products and set ambitious goals of halving the environmental footprint of our products, helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, source 100% of our agricultural raw materials sustainably and enhance the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people.

For each of the three pillars Greenhouse Gases, Water and Waste of the Sustainable Living Plan Unilever have put in place a system of measurement which is relevant to the subject. Here you’ll find the details of each, followed by information about the general approach to the Plan. For the targets on enhancing livelihoods they are developing ways to measure progress.

For Unilever’s targets on people, each individual target has its own measurement system. The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan library and resources will be available in December 2010.

UnileverToday, November 15th 2010, Unilever unveils an ambitious long term sustainability programme. Sustainable Living Plan aims, over ten years, to halve environmental impact of its products and give farmers and distributors in developing countries access to its supply chain.

Can consumption become sustainable? Billions of people around the world aspire to a better quality of life and to enjoy the benefits of everyday products like soap, shampoo and tea. But can we really consume more without exceeding the Earth’s already fragile natural limits? What must be done by companies like Unilever if economic growth is to become sustainable?

Monday 15 November at 9.30am (GMT), Unilever is running a live webcast on this crucial question with a panel of experts: Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director of Forum for the Future – John Elkington, Executive Chairman Volans, Co-founder of SustainAbility – Dr. Val Curtis, Director, Hygiene Centre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

The moderator for the debate will be Jonathan Dimbleby, prolific broadcaster, writer and film-maker, who has a strong interest in environmental issues. Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever and Gavin Neath, Global Senior Vice President for Sustainability will join the debate. The event will also see the launch of Unilever’s ten-year sustainability plan – a strategy which will explain how it will reduce its overall environmental footprint while at the same time continuing to grow its business. Register for the webcast

The new sustainability strategy will cover not just Unilever’s greenhouse gas emissions, waste and water use,  but also the impact caused by Unilever’s suppliers and consumers, from agricultural growers to the packaging and waste water produced by consumers of Unilever brands like Dove, Persil, Bertolli, Flora and PG Tips. Liptons and Brooke Bond labels and the world’s biggest ice cream manufacturer, through Wall’s and Ben & Jerry’s. Other major brands in the company’s portfolio include Cif, Omo, Knorr and Hellmans.

The  Sustainable Living Plan – to be launched simultaneously in London, Amsterdam, Delhi and New York – is the result of 12 months’ planning. The new sustainability plan aims to slash the carbon, water and waste impact of Unilever products in half  through innovation in the way we source, make and package them. Measures will range from reducing truck mileage to producing washing powders that work at lower temperatures and coming up with new products to cut the amount of hot water used in baths and showers. Sources: The Guardian and Unilever

Proctor & Gamble New Sustainability Vision: 100% Renewable Energy and Materials and Zero-Waste – Het Cleaner Planet Plan by Unilever – Unilever komt eindelijk met biologische producten – Unilever komt eindelijk met biologische producten – Ik Kies Bewust: Cup a Soup Specials geldklopperij volgens foodwatch – Een doorbrrraak in wassen: koud wassen op 15 graden voor mannen?  – Het Financieele Dagblad weer in de fout: Unilever ontwikkelt klimaatneutraal ijsje – United Nations Champion of the Earth 2015: Paul Polman CEO of Unilever – Unilever Gaat Voor 100% Duurzame Stroom in 2020 en 100% Duurzame Energie in 2030 – Alle Unilever Locaties in Nederland Stappen Over op Stroom uit Windpark Luchterduinen by Eneco

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