Ensuring good food is eaten, not wasted
Unilever is committed to supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), including playing our part in helping to reduce hunger through our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.
Hunger is often perceived to be something that occurs in developing countries around the world, with some unaware that it continues to be an issue in Australia and New Zealand.
Fighting hunger with Foodbank
Unilever Australia is proud to have been partnered with Foodbank since 1999; Australia's largest food relief organisation, providing 60 million meals a year to over 2400 charities and 1000 schools around the country.
Released annually in conjunction with World Food Day and now in its fifth year, the Foodbank Hunger Report provides a snapshot of Australia's growing food insecurity problem.
According to the most recent report, food insecurity is on the rise with single parents, rural and regional Australians, students and millennials, refugees and indigenous Australians identified as particularly vulnerable groups.
Unilever’s partnership with Foodbank has resulted in thousands of kilograms of food a year being donated to help fight hunger in Australia. In 2017, the Continental and Flora teams supported Foodbank's Food Fight Campaign.
In 2016, Unilever donated 151,038 kilograms of food and in 2017 we donated 630,900 meals and 6,598 kilograms of non-food items. Our contributions to Foodbank in 2017 resulted in $8,205,000 social return on investment, which calculates the value of the economic, environmental and social benefits that flow to individuals and the broader community from every kilogram of food and groceries distributed by Foodbank.
The Food Collective – OzHarvest, KiwiHarvest and Kaibosh
Unilever Food Solutions' partnership with OzHarvest in Australia, and KiwiHarvest and Kaibosh in New Zealand, is called the Food Collective and they raise much needed funds for charity whilst increasing awareness on how commercial kitchens can reduce waste and redirect any surplus foods to people in need.
In Australia, the Food Collective has donated 49,454 meals since October 2016 and in New Zealand they have donated 6,753 meals since June 2017. In this time, there have also been 1514 businesses registering for the program in Australia and 702 in New Zealand, showing that businesses are increasingly aware of the difference they can make by redirecting surplus food to those who need it most.
The Food Collective won the Foodservice Suppliers Association of Australia (FSAA) award for "Innovation of the Year” in 2017 and continues to provide support and education in this space.
Yezdi Daruwalla, Managing Director Unilever Food Solutions explains; “With chefs all over the world serving tasty, wholesome meals to their guests, we know that sometimes surplus food is generated. Unilever Food Solutions helps to power the The Food Collective to show that excess food can be reduced and redirected to those that need it.” Find out more about how we’re embracing technology to tackle food waste