for a #brightfuture
Our world is more connected than ever before, but we are facing some major obstacles that need to be overcome. By coming together and supporting the UN’s 17 Global Goals, we have the power to create a bright future.
Why do we need Global Goals?
We live in a world of extraordinary people, loving families, talented individuals and strong communities. A world we think is worth fighting for when it’s under threat! Climate change is threatening landscapes and livelihoods, 800 million people are still living without enough food, and one billion people live in poverty. Every day a shocking 16,000 children die before their fifth birthday, many from preventable diseases like diarrhoea. By working together, we can overcome these challenges and build a bright future for everyone. But to do this, the world needs a plan. That’s why on September 25th 2015, at the UN General Assembly in New York, 193 world leaders committed to 17 Global Goals.
What are the Global Goals?
The Global Goals are our global 'to-do list'. Achieving them will help our world achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 years: end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change. They cover social justice, responsible consumption, climate action, education, infrastructure and many more. If everyone spreads the word about the Global Goals, it will be more likely that governments and world leaders prioritise the action and finance to implement them properly.
Why do the Global Goals matter to Unilever and our brands?
Since we launched our Sustainable Living Plan in 2010, we have made a difference to millions of lives, and households all around the world are seeing how small actions can build a bright future.
We believe people, governments and businesses have the power to effect change on a global scale. If together we help tackle key issues like climate change and gender inequality, we can continue to improve livelihoods and deliver great products to help families in their everyday lives. At Unilever, we’ve already made some progress but there is still so much more we can do collectively to bring the UN’s Global Goals to life.
Here's what some of our brands are already doing to align with the 17 Global Goals:
Knorr is helping to address Global Goal 2 through their partnership with the World Food Programme, which began in 2014. Through the partnership, Knorr donated two million nutritious meals to schoolchildren around the world. Their shared ambition is to create a world where everyone has access to nutritious food.
Hellmann’s mayonnaise is committed to using 100% cage-free eggs to make its mayonnaise and is on its way to only using oil that is sustainably sourced. Good news for sandwiches and good news for the planet!
Lipton is working to ensure all Lipton Tea comes from Rainforest Alliance Certified estates. Through these programmes, Unilever have so far helped 800,000 smallholder farmers gain access to training and support.
Pepsodent believes in the power of the smile, and through their oral health improvement programmes reached 71 million people with the Brush Day & Night campaign by 2015.
Flora pro.activ is committed to lower the world's cholesterol and inspire people to live healthier lives with their ‘It Takes a Village’ initiative.
Vaseline® has committed to help heal the skin of 5 million people living in the wake of crises and disaster by 2020. In partnership with NGO Direct Relief, the Vaseline® Healing Project will provide dermatological care, medical supplies, Vaseline® products and local health worker training to vulnerable people around the world. In 2015, Vaseline donated 1.2 million units of Vaseline and sponsored three dermatological missions to Jordan, the Philippines and Kenya.
OMO believes every child deserves the chance for a bright future. In partnership with UNICEF, the OMO ‘Learning for Tomorrow’ initiative helped 10 million children to get an education and new learning experiences across India, Vietnam and Brazil in 2015. In South Africa, over 185 000 kids have improved their math skills with the OMO Fast Kids Maths site - an interactive, gamified learning experience that caters for kids, aged 7 to 18, and helps improve the math literacy of gamers by offering real-world rewards (such as ice cream) as they progress through the game.
Sunlight is dedicated to developing solutions that liberate the time women spend collecting or waiting for water. Through its partnership programmes, the brand is supporting Global Goals 5 and 6. It is estimated that women spend around 200 million hours every single day, simply collecting water for themselves and their families. This is time that women could use to generate income, get an education, support their community, or reinvest in themselves; all progressive changes that can lead to women’s empowerment.
Dove believes beauty should be a source of confidence and not anxiety, which is why, in 2005, the Dove Self-Esteem Project was formed. The program has helped more than 19 million young people build self-esteem through body confidence education and self-esteem workshops. As part of our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, Dove is committed to helping an additional 20 million young people build body confidence and self-esteem by 2020. 100 thousand young people have been reached in South Africa with the Dove Self- Esteem project.
Domestos has committed to helping 25 million people gain improved access to a toilet by 2020 and, in doing so, are supporting Global Goal 6. 483 thousand schoolchildren have been reached in South Africa through the Domestos ‘Cleaner Toilets and Germ-Buster Club programmes. By improving sanitation, Domestos is contributing towards a basic human right, and helping keep kids healthy and in school. Domestos is improving sanitation by working with UNICEF on its global sanitation behaviour change programmes, through the Domestos Toilet Academy and through school programmes, focused on wash education and the building of and maintenance of toilets.
Comfort wants to free mothers from their dependency on water so that they are able to be the mums they want to be. Comfort's ambition is to halve the water required to do laundry for 50 million mothers by 2025.
Lifebuoy’s vision to bring health and hygiene to a billion people though their ‘help a child reach 5’ programme is helping to deliver Goal 6. Having taught the life-saving habit of hand washing with soap to over 300 million people, Lifebuoy is now helping to save neo-natal lives.
Knorrox has embarked on a journey to empower women in townships and communities in South Africa with business and culinary skills. To date, over 600 township women have been trained with skills to help them as they strive for better livelihoods and communities.
Ola is committed to enhancing the livelihoods of South Africans through job creation and economic empowerment. The Ola vendors program aims to create 3500 jobs by the end of 2016. 2200 jobs have been created so far with over 8800 lives being improved in South Africa through the Ola Vending programme.
Unilever strive to create innovations to help improve, not just the daily lives of families, but the health of our planet. The 2013 launch of compressed deodorants, used by brands like, Dove and Vaseline, have already helped save 16,600 tonnes of CO2 from being released into the Earth’s atmosphere, simply by people making the switch to smaller cans. Unilever have invited other manufacturers to adopt the new technology to help the aerosol industry, as a whole, reduce its carbon footprint.
Dove body wash uses 15% less plastic in the bottles, thanks to the newly developed MuCell® technology, launched in 2014. The bottles are 100% recyclable and, with up to 59 million Dove Body Wash bottles sold across Europe every year, this new technology will save approximately 180 tonnes of plastic a year, overall. Unilever waived exclusivity rights, from January 2015, to allow other manufacturers to benefit from this technology and help reduce the amount of packaging waste sent to landfill.
Unilever are dedicated to tackling deforestation, which is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions that can affect the climate. Since 2015 we have committed to supporting the work of Wildlands to plant one million trees over the next three years, in predetermined areas in South Africa.
Knorr don’t just care about the taste of their ingredients, they work with thousands of farmers worldwide to grow vegetables sustainably and are working to ensure that all their agricultural raw materials are sourced sustainably by 2020.
Lipton became the first major tea company to commit to sustainably sourcing tea on a large scale in 2007. By the end of 2015, all the tea for our Lipton tea bag blends was sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ estates. By 2020, 100% of Lipton tea, including loose tea, will be sustainably sourced.
Would you like to get involved?
We believe in our planet’s future and want to play our part in securing it for our children and generations to come. Supporting and sharing the Global Goals is a vital part of making this happen and requires everyone – people and businesses – to come together.
To join the Global Citizen community and find out how you can help make a difference, visit www.globalgoals.com.