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Unilever

  • Hellmans
  • Knorr
  • Lipton
  • Slim Fast
Score
63%
Fair

Closing in on top spot on our scorecard, the owner of Ben & Jerry’s and Lipton scores well on supporting small-scale farmers, workers rights, action on climate change and managing water usage. Unilever recently made new commitments on land rights supporting women but there’s still room for improvement.

How are the scores formed?

We assessed publicly available information on the policies and commitments of the 'Big 10' food companies towards the sourcing of agricultural commodities from developing countries. The Scorecard looks at seven themes, weighing each theme equally. The index tackles some cutting edge issues that will require rigorous debate and dialogue between companies, civil society and industry experts. Find out more...

What do the scores mean?

  1. 8 - 10Good
  2. 6 - 7Fair
  3. 4 - 5Some progress
  4. 2 - 3Poor
  5. 0 - 1Very poor

Land

Score 5

Unilever now recognizes the importance of land rights for communities. Yet it needs to make sure its suppliers respect the land rights of communities.

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Women

Score 5

Unilever’s commitments to women’s rights have helped its score. But it needs to better understand where women are most vulnerable in its supply chain and move its suppliers to do more.

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Farmers

Score 8

Unilever is the first company to get a “good” score for farmers. Farmers are likely to get a better deal with Unilever than with many companies. The company understands farmers’ issues and is addressing them. More could be done to ensure suppliers’ are treating farmers fairly, however.

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Workers

Score 7

Unilever specifically recognizes many major issues and international standards, and has made some strong commitments. It could still improve on ensuring its suppliers implement key labour rights, though.

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Climate

Score 7

Unilever is leading the pack in their strong commitments to preventing deforestation and land use change in their palm oil supply chain. The company also has strong requirements for their suppliers, but they could be doing better in providing support for farmers to manage climate shocks.

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Transparency

Score 6

Unilever is most transparent about taxation, a new topic in the scorecard.

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Water

Score 6

Plenty to be proud of – Unilever understands the value of water and is honest about its own usage – but plenty still to do – like setting a target for reduction of water use right through its supply chain.

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