12 August 2019

Unilever

2018

Commitment Progress

As part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP), we are working towards helping more than a billion people to improve their health and hygiene, which will help reduce the incidence of life-threatening diseases such as diarrhea, pneumonia and extreme tooth decay. By the end of 2018, we reached around 653 million people – including women, children and adolescents – through our programmes on handwashing, sanitation, safe drinking water, nutrition, self-esteem and oral health.

2017

Commitment Progress

As part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP), we are working towards helping more than a billion people to improve their health and hygiene, which will help reduce the incidence of life-threatening diseases such as diarrhoea, pneumonia and extreme tooth decay.
By the end of 2017, we reached around 601 million people – including women, children and adolescents – through our programmes on handwashing, sanitation, safe drinking water, nutrition, self-esteem and oral health.
Key achievements include:
• Over 2010-2017, our Lifebuoy soap brand improved the hygiene behaviour of 426 million people across Asia, Africa and Latin America by promoting the benefits of handwashing with soap at key times.
• Over 2012-2016, Domestos’ partnership with UNICEF helped over 10 million people gain improved access to a toilet in South Asia and Africa .
• By the end of 2017, Pureit had provided over 96 billion litres of safe drinking water in 12 countries across Latin America, Africa, South Asia, and South-East Asia.
• Over 2014-2017, Knorr has donated 3 million nutritious school meals via the World Food Programme’s Home-Grown School Meals programme, providing meals to many thousands of children in schools across Africa, South Asia and South-East Asia.
• Over 2005-2017, the Dove Self-Esteem Project helped 29 million young people in building-up positive body confidence, raising their self-esteem and realising their full potential.
• By the end of 2017, through Signal, we improved the oral health nearly 78 million children and parents.
Unilever believes that, by working with partners who share our commitment to driving transformational change at scale, we can reach millions of individuals – including women,  children, and adolescents – across the world. Together, we aim to provide life-saving nutrition, sanitation and hygiene interventions, as well as interventions aimed to promote self-esteem, thereby contributing towards the Sustainable Development Goals and the ambition outlined by the EWEC Global Strategy.

2015

As part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, we are working towards the achievement of the following targets that will contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals and the ambition outlined by the Global Strategy:

  1. By 2020, our Lifebuoy soap brand aims to improve the hand washing behaviour of 1 billion people in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America, including school children and mothers with newborns. Hand washing with soap reduces diarrhoeal disease and pneumonia – the world’s two leading causes of deaths in children under-five;
  2. We are also working to reduce diarrhoeal disease by improving access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation. By 2020, we aim to provide 150 billion litres of safe drinking water through our Pureit filtration devices – while our Domestos brand will help contribute to Unilever’s target to help 25 million people gain access to a toilet by promoting the benefits of clean toilets and making them more accessible;
  3. Unilever believes that by working with partners such as Oxfam, Save the Children, the World Food Programme, Population Services International and UNICEF we can together achieve our goals. We will reach millions of children in the poorest communities in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America with life-saving nutrition, sanitation and health interventions.

Commitment Progress

We are on track to meet our 2020 commitment of improving the health and hygiene of more than a billion people. By the end of 2015, we had reached 482 million people through our health and hygiene brands Lifebuoy, Domestos, Pureit, Qinyuan and Signal.

  • Lifebuoy – By 2015, we improved the hand washing behaviour of 337 million people across Asia, Africa and Latin America by promoting the benefits of handwashing with soap at key times.
  • Pureit – By 2015, we provided 55 million people with safe drinking water through our Pureit filtration devices and provided 78 billion litres of safe drinking water in 12 countries
  • Domestos – In 2015, we progressed our programmes on community sanitation with UNICEF, scaled-up the Domestos Toilet Academy programme with PSI and eKutir, and rolled-out water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) initiatives in schools.

These partnerships highlight the importance of public-private collaboration to address global water, hygiene and sanitation challenges. The private sector has a key role to play in addressing these challenges and we believe Unilever is uniquely well-placed to help prevent disease and improve people’s health and well-being through our portfolio of brands and our expertise in behaviour change.

2012

By 2020, we are committed to helping more than 1 billion people improve their health and to providing clean water to 500 million people. The work we do to achieve these targets will support progress towards Millennium Development Goal Four.

By 2015, our Lifebuoy soap brand aims to improve the hand washing behaviour of 1 billion people in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America, including school children and mothers with newborns. Handwashing with soap reduces diarrhoeal disease and pneumonia– the world’s two leading causes of deaths in under-5s.

We are also working to reduce diarrhoeal disease by improving access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation.  By 2020, we aim to provide 500m people with safe drinking water through our PureIt water purifier – while our Domestos brand will help 400,000 people gain access to safe toilets and hygiene facilities.

The Unilever Foundation’s partnerships with Oxfam, Save the Children, the World Food Programme, Population Services International and UNICEF will help us achieve our goals. We will reach millions of children in the poorest communities in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia with life saving nutrition, sanitation and health interventions.

Unilever CEO Paul Polman announces Unilever’s commitment to the Every Woman Every Child campaign:

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·         183 million people reached through Lifebuoy’s handwashing behavior- change campaigns, currently active in 16 countries
·         Lifebuoy NeoNatal program, rolled out since 2013 reaches new mothers and birth attendants with hygiene education in Indonesia, India and South Africa.
·         55 million people provided with safe drinking water from Pureit, which aims to provide 150 billion liters of safe drinking water by 2020
·         Results from a clinical trial in Mumbai demonstrating use of soap evidenced a 25% reduction in incidences of diarrhoea among children aged five, a 19% reduction in acute respiratory infections, a 46% reduction in eye infections and improved school attendance
·         Over 25 million euros spent on handwashing program development and deployment plus evaluation studies
·         Handwashing, sanitation (toilet) and water purification programs implemented in more than 25 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America

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