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Unilever publishes its latest Sustainable Development Report


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Unilever's latest Sustainable Development Report at outlines an ambitious new vision to double the size of its business while reducing its environmental impact.

The commitment is to do this across the whole value chain - from sourcing raw materials, through manufacturing and distribution to consumers' use of products.

The company is already making progress.  Sourcing commitments include:
  100 per cent certified sustainable tea for all Lipton tea bags by 2015
  100 per cent sustainable palm oil by 2015
  Fairtrade ingredients for Ben & Jerry's ice cream by 2013
  cage-free eggs for Hellmann's, Amora and Calve dressings in Western Europe

In manufacturing, Unilever continues to reduce carbon dioxide from energy, water and total waste - by 40 per cent, 65 per cent and 73 per cent respectively since 1995.

To track performance across its portfolio, the company has assessed 1500 products to gain a detailed picture of their greenhouse gas emissions and water and waste impacts in the hands of consumers. Unilever's individual foods, home and personal care brands continue to tackle important social and environmental issues directly with consumers, such as:

  Lifebuoy soap aims to improve the hygiene practices of one billion people by 2015
  Omo / Persil / Surf's Cleaner Planet Plan is encouraging consumers to reduce the impact of laundry on the environment through concentrated products and better laundry habits.

The full online Report is complemented by a 36 page Overview

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