Unilever plc : Unilever Named in Top Spot on Dow Jones Sustainability Index
09/14/2012| 11:30am US/Eastern
Unilever has been named as the sustainability leader in the Food &
Beverage super-sector of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI).
This year, the company reached an overall score of 86%, five percentage
points higher than its 2011 score, and substantially ahead of the
average Food Producers industry score of 46%.
The result also marks the 14th consecutive year that Unilever has led
the Food Producers sector of the DJSI.
Unilever scored 100% for its record on health & nutrition, environmental
policy & management system, and packaging. It also scored over 90% in
five criteria: strategy for emerging markets, supply chain management,
environmental reporting, operational eco-efficiency and social reporting.
The performance scores are the result of an annual review of a broad
range of sustainability issues. Analysts assess areas such as corporate
governance, risk management, climate change mitigation, supply chain
standards and labour practices - with a strong focus on long-term
The super-sector leader report said that Unilever has "exhibited
exemplary performance aimed at integrating sustainability throughout its
business model" and that "the company's philosophy of sustainable living
is backed by its consistent efforts to address its consumers' needs in
the areas of health and hygiene, nutrition and access to safe drinking
Gail Klintworth, Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilever said: "This is a
great testament to the hard work and dedication of our people at
Unilever who are working every day to help us achieve our ambition of
doubling the size of our business while reducing our environmental
impact and increasing our positive social impact in the world.
"The SAM / Dow Jones report also reminds us that while we are above the
average industry scores in all of the criteria set, there's still plenty
of room for improvement. We won't be resting on our laurels as we work
in partnership with our stakeholders to achieve our sustainable growth
mission, as set out in the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan."
The 2012 assessment was conducted by SAM, a Swiss investment company
focused on sustainability investing, in partnership with the Dow Jones
Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of fast moving consumer
goods with operations in over 100 countries and sales in 190. Consumers
buy 170 billion Unilever packs around the world every year, and our
products are used over two billion times a day. We have more than
171,000 employees, and generated annual sales of ?46.5 billion in 2011.
Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good,
look good and get more out of life with brands and services that are
good for them and good for others. Our portfolio includes some of the
world's best known and most loved brands including thirteen ?1 billion
brands, and global leadership in most categories in which we operate.
The portfolio features iconic brands such as: Knorr, Hellmann's, Lipton,
Dove, Vaseline, Omo, Cif, Signal and Domestos.
Unilever's ambition is to double the size of our business, while
reducing our overall environmental impact (including sourcing, consumer
use and disposal). We are also committed to doing what we can to improve
health, nutrition and hygiene, with a target to help more than a billion
people take action to improve their health and well-being, as well as
sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020. All of
these goals are itemised in more than 50 time-based targets in our
Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.
Unilever has led the Food Producers sector in the Dow Jones
Sustainability World Indexes for 14 consecutive years. We are included
in the FTSE4Good Index Series and attained a top environmental score of
5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40
Index. In 2011 Unilever led the Climate Counts Company Scorecard and was
named #1 in the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders
according to the latest survey findings from GlobeScan Inc. and
For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com.
Unilever US Media Relations
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