Unilever Releases Sustainability Progress Report


TORONTO — Unilever, one of the leading international food companies, revealed its 2011 progress report on sustainability at the Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto to a crowd of company partners, stakeholders and the media yesterday.

The company set three goals to achieve by 2020: it expects to halve the environmental footprint of its products; help more than 1-billion people improve their health and well-being and source 100 per cent of its agricultural raw materials in a sustainable fashion.

The progress report on the sustainable living plan documents the company’s successes and failures during the last 12 months. Among other things, the report reveals 24 per cent of agricultural raw materials were sustainably sourced in 2011, 64 per cent of Unilever’s palm oil is now sourced sustainably and more than 90 per cent of the company’s leading spreads contain less than a third saturated fat. What’s more, Unilever extended free-run egg sourcing to its Hellmann’s olive oil-based mayonnaise, while its Ragu sauce is now made from tomatoes grown using the drip-irrigation method, which saves water in the growing process.

By 2020 Unilever is expected to source 100 per cent of its agricultural raw materials sustainably, including tea for its Lipton, Red Rose and Salada brands. It also pledged to improve the health and well-being of more than one billion people around the world by 2020, by improving heart health, reducing salt levels in food and reducing greenhouse gases company-wide.

For more details, visit unilever.ca.

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