In its determination to maintain its code of business principles and the continuous improvements in the management of environmental impact and to the longer-term goal of developing a sustainable business, Unilever group said it has saved over €400 million, N97.2billion through its waste reduction program in the last four years.
The company further said it would work in partnership with others to promote environmental care, increase understanding of environmental issues and disseminate good practice.
This was contained in its latest report that provides an overview of Unilever’s sustainability approach involving its actions in Africa from 2010 till 2014. The updates are supported by data on key priority areas such as improving health and wellbeing, reducing environmental impact and enhancing livelihoods.
The company further explained that it was able to help 397 million people in Africa improve their health and hygiene habits within the period and emphasized that 55 percent of agricultural raw materials used were sustainably sourced and this resulted in a significant growth over the past 4 years.
Unilever makes and sells products under more than 400 brand names worldwide. Two billion people use them on any given day and some of their products include Omo, Rayco, close ups, pears, blue band, sunlight among others.
Unilever 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.
The report, which it said serves as a blueprint for sustainable growth in Nigerian industries is also a strategic response to the unprecedented challenges business faces today. “As a global company, Unilever has leveraged the full scale of its resources to build solutions that will work for Nigeria”.
It said Unilever Nigeria, in alignment with the group’s Sustainable Living Plan has also streamlined its projects with three key priority areas of focus, ensuring that sustainable development initiatives are fully embedded in the strategy and operations of its brands.
“As the Millennium Development Goals winds up this year and the world takes on the Sustainable Development Goals in September, a number of private sector led initiatives have now become critical to achieving national and global sustainable development”, it said.
The company has therefore strategically embarked on using its portfolio to drive behaviour change programmes, which would tackle several social, and health issues in Nigeria involving Unilever produced brands.
For instance, Pepsodent a Unilever product has partnered with the Nigerian Dental Association through its successful behaviour change program which focuses on promoting better oral care habits.
This programme allows children to learn and spread the recommended daily brushing routine and to build long-lasting dental care habits from childhood, in order to reduce cavities and improve overall dental health and hygiene in the country.
As a result of the company’s growth due to sustainability, Unilever also announced the launching of its new product, Puriet in-home water purifier. According to Unilever’s corporate affairs director, Soromidayo Goerge, “the new product is a unique and scientifically-proven germ killing device that will improve the lives of many Nigerians especially in rural communities where safe drinking water is uncommon.”
“Pureit works with a breakthrough “Germ kill Technology” and has an advanced multi-stage purification process which provides water that’s completely free from all harmful germs, thus giving 100 per cent protection from all water-borne diseases and providing high quality water at an affordable price”, she said.
The Company said, “We conduct our operations with honesty, integrity and openness, and with respect for the human rights and interests of our employees. We shall similarly respect the legitimate interests of those with whom we have relationships.
“Compliance with these principles is an essential element in our business success.

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