Unilever Sustainable Living Plan27/10/2011
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TURN OFF THE TAP
Suave shampoo, bought by almost half of America's households, teamed up with Walmart in June to encourage Americans to change their shower behaviour.
Unilever's US hair and skin products account for 27% of Unilever's total global greenhouse gas footprint, much of it due to the energy needed to heat people's showers.
TOMATOES, KITES AND STORKS
Spanish tomato grower Agraz has joined two other tomato growers in Italy and Spain and three other food suppliers in being awarded some of the first grants from Knorr's EUR1 million supplier partnership fund set up in November 2010.
PROJECT LASER BEAM
Unilever has signed agreements with a number of local partners in Bangladesh as part of its commitment to Project Laser Beam, a $50 million public-private partnership to eradicate child malnutrition in Bangladesh and Indonesia.
LOCAL FLAVOUR FOR TURKISH TEA
Turkey is set to become the first tea-producing country where people can buy tea from local Rainforest Alliance certified farms. Unilever is training 15,000 tea growers in sustainable agricultural practices to help restore the country's tea growing region to a rich, fertile state.
As a founding member of the Round Table on Responsible Soy Unilever has bought some of the first certificates for sustainable soy after they became available in June 2011.
Unilever and The Guardian have launched a new Sustainable Living Hub. Over the coming months, this will bring together leading thinkers and doers to explore the role of business in mainstreaming sustainable living.
SAVE THE DATE
Unilever will hold a global webinar on sustainable living and consumer behaviour change at 14.00 GMT on 22 November. It will be chaired by BBC broadcaster and environmentalist Jonathon Dimbleby and feature Unilever CEO Paul Polman.
SHAKTI ADDS BANKING
Project Shakti, the Hindustan Unilever initiative that employs 45,000 women as direct to home sales operators in 100,000 villages in rural India, has added banking services to the products they offer.
A two-year partnership between Unilever's deodorants team and Alupro, the UK aluminium packaging recycling organisation, has boosted the number of Local Authorities collecting aerosols from 67% to 81%.
GREEN ELECTRICITY AND ZERO WASTE
Unilever's entire European business is now sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources. Also, Unilever's 11 manufacturing sites in the UK, no longer send waste to landfill.
PAUL POLMAN ON SUSTAINABILITY
Unilever CEO Paul Polman told delegates at the One Young World Summit in Zurich on 1 September that young people need to be 'at the table' to tackle challenges such as climate change.
FOOD LABELS ON MENUS
A survey by Unilever's catering supplies business, Unilever Food Solutions, among 3,500 people in 7 countries who eat out at least once a week, shows people everywhere want more information about what's in their food when eating out.
Unilever's experts in nutrition and behaviour change have joined forces to create a tool to help consumers make healthier food choices when shopping on-line.
LIFEBUOY HELPS NEWBORN HEALTH
A new partnership between Unilever's Lifebuoy brand, USAID and its Maternal & Child Health Integrated program was launched in Washington DC in June 2011.
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'THE FUTURE OF VALUE' by Eric Lowitt
'CARBON NATION'- a documentary about climate change solutions
'NIELSEN REPORT' - shows global unease over pesticides, packaging waste and water are overtaking global warming as top concerns
'UNEP AND INTERNATIONAL WATER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE REPORT' - on water, ecosystems and farming
'AL GORE, CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT, 24 HOURS OF REALITY' - aims to bring the facts about the climate crisis into the mainstream
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