Sustainability Report 2014
With 7 billion people on the planet, the Earth's natural resources are under immense pressure. Rising temperatures, water shortages, more expensive energy, uncertainty about food supplies and the growing gap between rich and poor pose major challenges for society.
Companies have an important role to play in solving these problems. This is the reason we have put sustainability at the heart of our business model, brand creation and category and product innovation.
With the implantation of its Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever is demonstrating its commitment to reducing its environmental footprint and increasing its positive impact on society.
To overcome these challenges, we are focusing our investments:
- On our brands: our brands’ social missions deliver tangible benefits for millions of people.
- On the quality and performance of our products: in our Sustainability Plan we have placed great emphasis on the concentration and compaction of our products, reducing their impacts on the value chain.
- On capital goods: expanding production capacity and efficiency in the use of natural resources.
- On developing our people: the quality of life and well-being programs we offer our employees ensure an innovative and productive work place.
2014 was the fourth anniversary of our Sustainable Living Plan and, as in previous years, saw great progress towards the targets we have set for 2020.
In this report, you may see the main highlights of the year and our progress towards these achieving these targets.
Enjoy reading it!
Chief Executive Officer, Unilever Brazil