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Unilever

  • Hellmans
  • Knorr
  • Lipton
  • Slim Fast
Score
71%
Fair

Unilever has overtaken Nestle in the number 1 spot. The owner of Ben & Jerry’s and Lipton scores best on climate change, supporting small-scale farmers and workers rights Unilever has made new commitments on workers and land rights. However, they could still tell us more about the social impacts of supply chain activities, particularly in relation to land, gender and water.

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 7

Unilever’s Responsible Sourcing Policy includes a commitment to ‘Free, Prior, and Informed Consent’ for all communities and makes explicit its ‘zero tolerance’ for land grabs.

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Women

Score 5

Unilever is doing a decent job when it comes to gender but it needs to better understand where women are most vulnerable in its supply chain and move its suppliers to make concrete changes.

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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 other companies. The company seems to understand farmers’ issues and it publishes its efforts in addressing these. However, the company could do more to ensure farmers earn a living income and to demonstrate that its suppliers are treating farmers fairly.

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Workers

Score 8

Unilever is a leader when it comes to workers. Unilever’s Responsible Sourcing Policy sets out new requirements for its suppliers in relation to workers’ rights. It could still improve on ensuring its suppliers implement key labour rights, and like the others, it needs to do much more to ensure workers are paid a living wage.

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Climate

Score 9

Unilever leads the scorecard on climate with the highest score (9/10) in the overall scorecard. The company has strong policies on deforestation and palm oil, guidelines for its suppliers, and is engaging governments to take action. We hope they will continue to show leadership and go even further.

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Transparency

Score 7

Unilever is the company most transparent about taxation and about its suppliers, but not much information is provided about the compliance of suppliers with its code.

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Water

Score 6

Coming in second, Unilever understands the value of water and the importance of its suppliers reporting on water management. But plenty still to do – a good next step would be setting a target for reduction of water use right through its value chain.

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