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Twitter Chat May 17th: Unilever Talks About Sustainable Living Plan

It's that time again! Join TriplePundit readers worldwide as we team up with CSRWire once again for an hour-long twitter chat with Unilever. This time we'll talk about Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan with Chief Sustainability Officer Gail Klintworth.

Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan has received a lot of attention and inspection since it was launched in 2010. On April 30th the company was awarded, for three years in a row, the #1 score by Globescan – SustainAbility ‘Sustainable Leaders 2013’ survey.

Over the past two years, Unilever has made great progress on their major goals:

1. Help more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being:   The company has reached 224 million people with programs to reduce diarrheal disease through handwashing with soap, provide safe drinking water, promote oral health and improve young people’s self-esteem.

2. Source 100% of agricultural raw materials sustainably: Unilever now buys over a third (36%) of its agricultural raw materials from sustainable sources, with particular progress in palm oil, sugar, cocoa, vegetables and sunflower oil.

3. Halve the environmental footprint of its products across the value chain: Unilever is making good progress in areas it can control. Between 2008-2012, greenhouse gas emissions from energy in manufacturing were cut by nearly a third and manufacturing waste has halved. Over half of Unilever’s 252 manufacturing sites around the world now send zero non-hazardous waste to landfill, and the company has set itself a new target of extending this to all its factories by 2015.

However, its own manufacturing impacts account for only a small part of the total environmental footprint of Unilever’s products in the total value chain – just 4% of its greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint for example. The majority of Unilever’s product footprint is in the sourcing of raw materials (25% of its GHG footprint) and in the way consumers cook, clean and wash with the products (68% of its GHG footprint).

Let's chat:

And one of the company’s biggest challenges remains how to encourage consumers to use Unilever’s products more sustainably at home, i.e., how can the company shift consumption levels and consumer habits to align with its sustainability goals?

This and more will be on the dossier as we converse with Unilever’s Chief Sustainability Officer Gail Klintworth. Join CSRwire’s Aman Singh and Triple Pundit’s Nick Aster and Jennifer Boynton in conversation with Klintworth on Twitter.


When: May 172013, 9am-10am Eastern Time - that's bright and early for west coast folks, but don't worry we'll have a synopsis up later. Where: #SustLiving on Twitter

The discussion agenda:

  • The Sustainable Living Plan two years later

  • Toughest emerging challenges

  • How is Unilever’s work in Africa and Asia on handwashing and sanitation helping grow the business while addressing crucial social issues?

  • Building momentum for change within the organization: How is Unilever mainstreaming the activities that drive the Sustainable Living Plan, so that it can honestly claim this is its new business model?

  • Business-to-business collaboration: Is momentum building?

  • Business-NGO collaboration: How are traditional partnerships evolving as the dynamics of the challenges we face become clearer and harder to reach?

  • Business-Consumer Relationship: How is the company integrating its consumers in the Sustainable Living Plan? What have been the roadblocks? How does it plan to move forward?
And here’s what you need to do:

Register by dropping a note to contact@triplepundit.com with your Twitter handle and any questions you have for the sustainability chief, and send out the following tweet:

Looking forward to a convo w/ @Unilever’s #Sustainability Chief, @CSRwire + @triplepundit on the #SustLiving Plan 05/17.


Nick Aster headshotNick Aster

Nick Aster is the founder of TriplePundit.

TriplePundit.com has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place. It was acquired in 2017 by 3BLMedia, the leading news distribution and content marketing company focused on niche topics including sustainability, health, energy, education, philanthropy, community and other social and environmental topics.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He also worked for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

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