Unilever Nigeria Plc.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading consumer goods companies, making and selling around 400 brands in more than 190 countries.
Make sustainable living commonplace
Every day, 2.5 billion people use our products to look good, feel good and get more out of life. That’s about a third of the global population choosing from household names such as Lipton, Knorr, Dove and Hellmann’s, and iconic local brands like Bango in Indonesia and Suave in the US. In fact, thirteen of the world’s top 50 brands are owned by Unilever.
Our geographic reach gives us an unparalleled global presence, including a unique position in emerging markets which generate 58% of our turnover.
Our business activities span a complex, global value chain. We work with thousands of suppliers and spend around €34 billion on goods and services, including approximately €13 billion on ingredients and raw materials, which are made into products in our 300+ factories across 69 countries. These products are then distributed to 25 million retailers, from supermarkets to small convenience stores, and through other fast-growing channels such as e-commerce and direct-to-consumer. We are also the second largest advertiser in the world, based on media spend.
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With this kind of scale comes responsibility
We live in an increasingly uncertain and volatile world. Temperatures are rising, droughts are more frequent, food supplies are increasingly scarce, the gap between rich and poor is growing, and billions still do not have access to basic hygiene and sanitation.
But society is changing. There’s a growing shift towards more meaningful and sustainable consumption, with individuals increasingly taking personal responsibility for the impact of their purchasing decisions.
That’s why our purpose is simple: to make sustainable living commonplace.
By that we mean helping to create a world where we can all live well and within the natural limits of the planet.
And together with our wider community – of partners, suppliers and citizens – we’re making progress.
This is being driven today by the same pioneering spirit that launched Unilever back in the 1890s, with a humble bar of soap that helped make cleanliness commonplace in Victorian England.
As we grow the business, we’re actively working to:
Health & well-being
Help more than a billion people improve their health and well-being
Halve our environmental impact
Enhance the livelihoods of millions of people
These bold ambitions are the heart of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. Launched in 2010, it’s proving that responsible business is good business by driving growth and building trust, cutting costs and reducing risk.
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countries we are the ‘Most desired employer’
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Sustainability fuels innovation
Water scarcity is a huge problem in many parts of the world. So we develop water-smart products, work with suppliers and farmers to help them manage it better, and use less in our factories.
Waste, on the other hand, is on the rise. So we’re helping create a more circular economy by rethinking our plastic packaging and generating energy from our manufacturing waste.
Our plans to become carbon positive by 2030 include sourcing 100% of our energy across all our operations from renewable sources, installing more climate-friendly ice cream cabinets and reducing our transport emissions.
Brands with big plans
Our Sustainable Living brands – those that have a clear purpose relating to a social or environmental concern, and contribute to the USLP – are inspiring people and making a genuine difference. For example, Dove helps young people build self-esteem, our Dirt is Good laundry brands encourage kids to enjoy real play, and Knorr is working to change the food system from farm to fork.