Unilever reiterates commitment to tackle climate change

Unilever Pakistan Limited and Ministry of Climate Change highlight need for collaboration to create positive environmental impact

KARACHI, 04 JUNE 2014: Unilever Pakistan Limited and the Ministry of Climate Change have pledged to work together to drive positive climate change in Pakistan through increased collaboration and sharing of best practices.

The announcement was made during an event organized at a local hotel on the eve of World Environment Day, providing an insight into the role of sustainable business practices for Unilever’s growth as well as the positive impact on consumers and environment. Unilever also highlighted its commitment to bring about transformational change throughout the whole value chain and to develop its portfolio of ‘sustainable living brands’ in a way that meets the needs of consumers.

Unilever’s global sustainability initiatives are driven by the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, which aims to make sustainable living commonplace. Since 2010, Unilever’s efforts in Pakistan have resulted in key achievements such as improving health and well-being for 56 million people across the country through initiatives for handwashing (Lifebuoy), healthy snacking (Knorr and Blue Band) and access to clean water (Pureit) as well as the empowerment of 3,400 women across rural Pakistan through a livelihood program titled ‘Guddi Baji’. Unilever also announced the achievement of ‘zero non-hazardous waste to landfill’ status in 2014 by all of its factories across Pakistan.

Addressing the audience during the ceremony, Arif Ahmed Khan, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change, Pakistan said, “Positive actions for climate change are imperative for Pakistan’s efforts to eradicate poverty and promote sustainable development. This demands enhanced collaboration amongst regulators and local industry. It also needs a countrywide awareness campaign regarding the changing climate of the planet and the likely damage it can cause to a vulnerable country like Pakistan.

Who can spearhead it better than industry leaders like Unilever? Civil society organizations and the academia should also be taken along in the process. I am glad that today we have taken a major stride forward in this direction by highlighting the best practices being implemented by Unilever; practices which can and should be scaled upwards to create sizable positive impact.”

Ehsan A Malik, Chairman & CEO, Unilever Pakistan Limited added, “Our ambition remains to grow the business by creating a brighter future for consumers, customers and communities. In an environment marked by climate change as well as economic and political stability, Unilever believes that the best way to grow and bring benefits to all our stakeholders is by focusing on improving health and well-being, enhancing livelihoods as well as increasing operational efficiencies.

The key to achieving this is in how we do business and the partnerships we form as part of our ambition to scale up the impact on the issues that matter the most.”

The event was attended by a large cross section of participants from the INGO, Corporate and Media sectors, who were provided an understanding of how the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan provides a template for change in a volatile world of growing social inequality, rising population, development challenges and climate change. The Plan is proof of the recognition that Unilever must be part of the solution to the world’s problems and that sustainable growth is the only acceptable business model. For more information, please visit www.unilever.pk/sustainable-living.

About Unilever Pakistan

Unilever Pakistan is a subsidiary of Unilever Plc, which operates in over 100 countries. Established in Pakistan in 1948, the Pakistan business is amongst the country’s largest consumer goods companies. Unilever is one of Pakistan largest taxpayers, and contributed a total of PKR 24.4 billion to Pakistan’s exchequer in 2013 alone.

Unilever’s brands such as Lux, Lifebuoy, Lipton, Sunsilk, Surf Excel and Wall’s are known for their consistently high quality & value and are trusted & consumed daily by millions of people across Pakistan. Unilever’s brands strive to create a better future every day for consumers across Pakistan.

Lifebuoy reaches out to thousands of children through its hand washing campaign, raising standards of hygiene; Lux promotes film, fashion and music through the iconic Lux Style Awards; Sunsilk partners PFDC in the fashion weeks and Blue Band supports nutrition.

As one of Pakistan’s most preferred employers, Unilever directly employs over 2000 people across the country, and indirectly contributes to the employment of many thousands through its nationwide sales and distribution network.

Unilever’s ambition is to double its business whilst reducing its environmental footprint and enhancing its positive social impact. It is engaged in a number of initiatives to enhance livelihoods, save water, energy, carbon emissions and to cut waste and promote recycling. For more information: www.unilever.pk

Hussain Ali Talib

Unilever Pakistan Limited
Avari Plaza
Fatimah Jinnah Road
Karachi 75530

T: +92-21-3 566 0062 (ext 2270)

hussain.talib@unilever.com

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