How Unilever will help to build a more equitable and inclusive society

Unilever has a long history of driving social change, from improving the health and wellbeing of more than 1 billion people, to enhancing the livelihoods of millions under the Sustainable Living Plan. That’s why they’re announcing a set of ambitious commitments and actions to help build a more equitable and inclusive society.

 

 

These include:

• Ensuring that everyone who directly provides goods and services to Unilever earns at least a living wage or income by 2030.
• Spending €2 billion annually with suppliers owned and managed by people from under-represented groups, by 2025.
• Helping 5 million small and medium-sized businesses to grow through access to skills, finance and technology, by 2025.
• Increasing the number of diverse people involved in the production of our advertisements, both on screen and behind the camera.
• Ensuring that our employees are reskilled or upskilled, and have access to flexible employment options by 2030.
• Equipping 10 million young people with essential skills to prepare them for job opportunities, by 2030.

“The two biggest threats that the world currently faces are climate change and social inequality,” says Unilever CEO Alan Jope. “The past year has undoubtedly widened the social divide, and decisive and collective action is needed to build a society that helps to improve livelihoods, embraces diversity, nurtures talent and offers opportunities for everyone.”

Inclusion is at the heart of the global sustainable development agenda, with its central ambition being to ‘leave no one behind’. So building diversity and inclusion within and beyond our business supports a range of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This has been part of our DNA since Unilever was formed more than a century ago. And it’s integral to our strategy today: to contribute to a fairer and more socially inclusive world with brands that champion human rights, stand up for equality and distribute value fairly.

Find out more here.