As one of the largest purchasers of commodities such as tea, palm oil, vegetables, paper and pulp, we’ve set a target to source 100% of our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020.
Globally 51% of our agricultural raw materials came from sustainable sources at the end of 2016, up from 14% in 2010.
- Through the Continental Sustainability Partnership, we’re helping Continental farmers develop their ideas and fast-track implementation of sustainable farming practices in Australia and New Zealand. As a result, 92 % veg and 88% of herbs and spices used in our local Continental products are sustainably sourced. Further, 100% of the pumpkins, tomatoes and wheat used in our Continental products come from sustainable sources. In 2015 we certified three new suppliers against our sustainable agriculture standards, helping to secure the future supply of sustainably grown Australian tomatoes in our products. Read more about how we are working with farmers to help mainstream sustainable agricultural practices.
- In Australia & New Zealand we’ve made strong progress on our journey to source 100% traceable and certified sustainable palm oil. Since March 2015, all the palm oil we buy directly for our locally made foods and refreshments has come from traceable, certified sources. We have also started sourcing Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified mass balance volumes for our Dove brand.
- In 2013, the Australian Dairy Industry was the first in the world to be recognised as sustainable, based on a review of current industry practices against Unilever’s Sustainable Agricultural Code.
- Since 2012, we’ve purchased 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified sustainably sourced cocoa for the chocolate coating in our Australian-manufactured Magnum ice cream range.
- 100% of the paper and board packaging used for our locally made products is sustainably sourced, with the majority (90%) using recycled materials and the remainder sourced from sustainable forests. All our ice cream sticks for local manufacturing come from sustainable forests and we are working to ensure the same applies to the small percentage of ice creams we import from overseas.
- We were the first major tea producer to move to sustainably sourced tea in 2009. Since 2012, 100% of our Lipton Tea has been sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified estates.
Reduce Workplace Injuries & Accidents
In Australia, we continually work hard on our ‘Vision Zero’ safety strategy. Our company-wide ‘Motor-on, Motor off’ policy prohibits business related mobile phone use while driving in a motor vehicle.
Our deodorants factory also achieved an unprecedented score of 100% in our Unilever Red Book safety audit, which measures our compliance against best-practice safety standards in the aerosol industry. In 2016, our North Rocks factory was named the winner of Unilever’s Global Premier Safety Award, recognising the site’s world-leading commitment and actions in embedding a strong safety culture based on ‘Zero Injuries and Zero Complacency’. Learn more about our safety leadership at North Rocks.
Diversity & Inclusion
Building a Gender Balanced organisation
In Australia and New Zealand, we’ve made significant progress on our target of creating a gender-balanced and inclusive organisation by 2020. At the end of 2016, women made up 47% of our local workforce and 48% of management positions. We continue to focus on improving our balance in key areas of our business such as Supply Chain and Sales and on our local executive leadership team.
One way we are addressing gender balance is through our flexible working policy which enables our people to balance their personal commitments and work in a way that meets both their needs and the needs of the business.
In 2016 we declared ‘all roles flex’ and are focussing on normalising flexible working for men – key to managing caring responsibilities and empowering women. Find out more about how our people make flexibility work for them.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, our Australia and New Zealand CEO, Clive Stiff, sat down with Elizabeth Broderick, Former Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Founder of Male Champions of Change to talk about what we need to do to make gender equality commonplace. In the video Elizabeth explains why the role of business is critical in empowering women and Clive shares how at Unilever we’re working to create a better, fairer and more equal world.
Disrupting traditional portrayals of gender in our advertising
#UnStereotype is our global commitment to shift advertising away from stereotypical portrayals of gender, across our own brands and the industry as a whole. We want to portray people, especially women, as they are. In Australia, our Continental brand is leading the way with their ‘Love At First Taste’ campaign, showing that food and cooking are pleasures everyone can enjoy, regardless of gender.
Together with WWF and leading sustainability education provider COOL Australia, we have created curriculum based education materials for primary schools on the importance of a sustainable palm oil industry to protect the environment, wildlife and local communities.
This project is part of our long term commitment to transform the palm oil sector and work with our Zoo partners to raise awareness of the need for sustainable certified palm.
We working with Foodbank, Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation, to help tackle the hidden issue of hunger in Australia and reduce food waste. In 2016, we supported Foodbank’s efforts by donating food which has provided 428,414 meals to people in need.
Oxfam’s Straight Talk Program
We are proud to support Oxfam’s ‘Straight Talk’ program which connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with the political system and builds the capacity of women as change makers. To date the Straight Talk program has brought together more than 600 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women helping to develop their skills to make positive changes through political engagement, while also increasing engagement in public and political life. Read more about Straight Talk.