- Unilever Group said it has saved over €400 million ( N97.2billion ) through its waste reduction program in the last four years. This was contained in its recently published report that provides an overview of Unilever’s sustainability approach involving its actions in Africa from 2010 till 2014. The updates are supported by data on key priority areas such as improving health and wellbeing, reducing environmental impact and enhancing livelihoods.
- According to the report on Sustainability Living Plan, the FMCG major player further said it was able to help 397 million people in Africa improve their health and hygiene habits within the period.
- The company also emphasized that 55 percent of agricultural raw materials used were sustainably sourced and this resulted in a significant growth over the past 4 years.
- The report which it said serves as a blueprint for sustainable growth in Nigerian industries is also a strategic response to the unprecedented challenges business faces today. “As a global company, Unilever has leveraged the full scale of its resources to build solutions that will work for Nigeria”.
- It said Unilever Nigeria, in alignment with the group’s Sustainable Living Plan has also streamlined its projects with 3 key priority areas of focus, ensuring that sustainable development initiatives are fully embedded in the strategy and operations of its brands.
“As the Millennium Development Goals winds up this year and the world takes on the Sustainable Development Goals in September, a number of private sector led initiatives have now become critical to achieving national and global sustainable development”, it said.
- The company has therefore strategically embarked on using its portfolio to drive behaviour change programs which would tackle several social and health issues in Nigeria involving Unilever produced brands.