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Unilever is an Anglo–Dutch multinational consumer goods company. Its products include foods, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. It is the world’s third-largest consumer goods company measured by 2011 revenues (after Procter & Gamble and Nestlé) and the world’s largest maker of ice cream.

Palm oil-related deforestation in Indonesia.

3p Weekend: 10 Companies Committed to Sustainable Palm Oil

As consumers become more aware of palm oil-related deforestation, a select few companies are leading the charge and making bold commitments to sustainable…
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Unilever Brewing ‘Future-Proof’ Tea Crops Through Genomic Selection in Kenya

Unilever pairs up with genomics research company to create "future-proof" tea crops.
Harvard Business School's Michael E. Porter delivers the keynote at the 2014 Shared Value Leadership Summit.

Can Shared Value Successfully Connect ‘Davos Men’ with the ‘Square People’?

Earlier this month Thomas Friedman wrote on the New York Times about two very different groups trying to shape the economic environment worldwide.…
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Survey: In the ‘Mainstreaming’ CSR Era, Unilever Rules (And Polman is the King)

Unilever is leading the CSR pack in a new survey by Globescan & SustainAbility. But how much longer will they last at No.…
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General Mills Issues Its 2014 Global Responsibility Report

General Mills just issued its 2014 Global Responsibility Report. I received an advanced review copy and spoke with Chief Sustainability Officer Jerry Lynch…

All Eyes on the Forests: The New Norm of Zero-Deforestation

The new norm of zero-deforestation implies we are entering a new phase, transitioning into a modern approach to global forest management and conservation…

Supply Chain Worker Rights: From Good Intentions to Implementation

Today, worker rights might even be considered an oxymoron. But it’s a struggle well worth engaging as both a holding action and in…
Forest clearing for palm oil, like this in Sabah, Malaysia, destroys habitat for endangered species and contributes to climate change.

Is Palm Oil-Driven Deforestation the Secret Ingredient in Your Favorite Products?

As I delved into the commitments these companies have made to address palm-related deforestation and peatland destruction, I was disheartened to see how…
Together with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Unilever CEO Paul Polman opens a new Unilever wastewater treatment plant in St. Petersburg in 2013.

Unilever CEO Paul Polman Pockets Extra $722K for Sustainability Work

Unilever rewards Paul Polman for sustainability, business guidance to the tune of $11 million, significantly above average European CEO pay.
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Unilever and UN Agency Team Up to Support Small Farmers

Unilever and IFAD ink an agreement to bring small farmers into the corporations supply chain. Is this more than just a great marketing…

New Partnership Aims to Put a Hero In Every Teapot

A new Forum for the Future initiative forms partnership with major tea companies for developing sustainable tea as a "hero crop" with a…
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Study: 51 of 100 Top Companies Emitting Unsustainable Levels of CO2

If a company pledges to reduce carbon emissions by 15 percent by 2020, is that good? Better yet, is that enough? Climate Counts…

Drones or Babies? Amazon and Unilever Offer Competing Future Narratives

Amazon's planned drones service and Unilever's new project sunlight offer different paths to the future. So which of these paths will we take…
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“World’s First” Science-Based Company Rankings Released

Mike Bellamente, executive director of Climate Counts, and Mark McElroy, founder and executive director of the Center for Sustainable Organizations have been working…
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Why Sustainable MBAs Should Work for ExxonMobil and JP Morgan

Sustainable MBA students want to work for responsible companies like Unilever, Nike, SAP and M&S, but what about the ‘bad’ guys? Wouldn’t it…