Private Sector Critical To Sustainable Development – Unilever

As the world takes on the Sustainable Development Goals in September this year, a number of private sector-led initiatives have become critical to achieving the goals.
Unilever Nigeria Plc stated this in a statement on Sunday, while announcing its latest Sustainable Living Plan report, entitled “Scaling for Impact; Summary of Progress 2014”.
The report provides an overview of the Unilever’s sustainability approach and actions in Africa from 2010 to 2014, with updates supported by data on key priority areas such as improving health and wellbeing, reducing environmental impact and enhancing livelihoods.
The Corporate Affairs Director, Unilever Nigeria, Soromidayo George, said in the statement, “Unilever Nigeria, in alignment with the group’s Sustainable Living Plan, had also streamlined its projects along the three key priority areas of focus, ensuring that sustainable development initiatives are fully embedded in its brand strategy and operations.”
The key highlights of the report include helping 397 million people to improve their health and hygiene habits, achieving zero waste to landfill in all factories across 67 countries; sustainable sourcing of 55 per cent of agricultural raw materials used, according to the company.
The statement said Unilever Nigeria was using its portfolio to drive behaviour change programmes to tackle several social and health issues in Nigeria with brands like Blue Band margarine, Knorr seasoning, Pureit water purifier, and Pepsodent and Close-up toothpastes.

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