Resource Centre Unilever’s nutritionist, Hlanzeka Mpanza speaks about the USLP Nutrition plan
We are very conscious of the important role that food has in people’s well-being, and that non-communicable diseases are a high public health priority at Unilever. We are a strong supporter of the UN Global Goal of Zero Hunger and are playing an important role in addressing over- and undernutrition. We do this by offering nutritious foods that are appealing, and through communication that is responsible, engaging and meaningful. The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan is our blueprint for achieving our vision to grow our business, whilst decoupling our environmental footprint from our growth and increasing our positive social impact. We have committed to helping more than a billion people to improve their health and hygiene. This will help reduce the incidence of life-threatening diseases like diarrhoea and heart disease.
The Plan sets stretching targets, including how we source raw materials and how consumers use our brands. The scale of our ambition means that we are finding new ways to collaborate with others in business, government and society. Halfway through our twenty-year-old journey, this is how we are doing.
- By 2012, 100% of our portfolio by volume did not contain trans fats originating from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.
- In 2015, 86% of our portfolio had full nutrition labelling on pack in line with our commitment and over 95% of our portfolio had nutritional information on pack or online. We are working with relevant authorities to create a positive climate for labelling and to drive further change on our products.
- 60% of our agricultural raw materials were sustainably sourced by the end of 2015. This means we exceeded our interim milestone of 50% by 2015.
- In 2015 34% of our portfolio by volume met the highest nutritional standards, based on globally recognised dietary guidelines.
- By the end of 2015, Lifebuoy had reached 337 million people through its handwashing campaign
- Our Signal and Pepsodent toothpaste brands had reached 71 million people through our Brush Day & Night campaigns by 2015.
- In 2015, our waste impact has reduced by 29% since 2010.
- Read more on the Unilever USLP plan.