We’re working to decarbonise our own business and wider value chain, and advocating for change beyond.
- 83 % reduction in CO2 emissions (kg/tonne of production) Against 2018 baseline
- 78 % Renewable Energy
- 8 MW solar generation (equivalent to planting 242,000 trees)
Unilever has pledged to become a 100% net-zero business by 2030, demonstrating that responsible business practices can coexist with profitability. Unilever Pakistan has already made significant strides towards this goal: 78 percent of its energy comes from renewable sources and solar energy equivalent to planting 242,000 trees has been generated.
Clean Energy Factories
Our factory in Rahim Yar Khan embodies Unilever's commitment to sustainability. 94 percent of its energy needs are met through green sources, including on-site solar and biomass generation. All of Unilever Pakistan's factories are making significant progress towards their clean energy targets. The company has also installed solar panels at non-manufacturing sites, resulting in substantial savings and exemplifying the benefits of renewable energy partnerships.
Powering Sustainability at Unilever Pakistan's Ice Cream Factory:
The Largest In-House Solar Plant in Unilever South Asia
Waste free world
Transitioning to a circular economy is at the heart of our strategy for a waste-free world.
Waste free world
- 50 % Plastic Neutral in 2022
- 60 % Recyclable packaging
- 5000 tons tonnes of plastic collected
Our commitment to sustainability includes addressing the issue of plastic waste. In 2022, we successfully recovered 50% of our plastic footprint, a total of 5,000 tonnes. 60 percent of our packaging is now recyclable. Since September 2022, all waste generated at our Head Office has been reused or recycled, fulfilling our zero-waste-to-landfill pledge.
We remain steadfast in our efforts to drive positive change and protect the planet for future generations.
Giving Plastics a Second Life
Pakistan produces 3.3 million tonnes of plastic waste every year. In recognition of this challenge, we have teamed up with Green Earth Recycling with the goal of gathering a greater quantity of plastic than we produce before 2025.
All the plastic waste collected will be integrated into the circular economy through various innovative solutions such as creating outdoor furniture items like benches, desks and children’s play areas. As of 2022, we have successfully recycled 36,000 kg of plastic and converted it into 20 sustainable play areas and benches which have been installed across Pakistan.
We remain committed to taking further steps toward achieving our vision for a sustainable future.
Waste-free Rahim Yar Khan
We are committed to creating a circular system for plastic waste management in the country. As part of our efforts, we have chosen Rahim Yar Khan as a pilot city to test new economic models aimed at influencing industrial and consumer behavior, policy shifts, and engaging private sector and non-traditional partners. Our goal is to transform Rahim Yar Khan into a plastic-free city and pave the way for a sustainable future in Pakistan.
Our goal is to transform Rahim Yar Khan into a model 'Plastic Waste Free' city in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) by 2025, with a projected 2,000 tonnes of plastics to be repurposed. Through such efforts, we aim to promote the circular economy for plastics and create park furniture using recycled plastic.
25% recycled bottle
A new packaging innovation was introduced for Sunsilk Blackshine shampoo in 2022. Sunsilk Blackshine bottles would now incorporate 25 percent recycled plastic. Not only are these bottles 100 percent recyclable but they are made with locally sourced recycled plastic. This is a significant step towards rethinking our relationship with plastics and creating a sustainable future.
Launched in 2021, Unilever Pakistan’s #FaceThePlastic campaign has become a powerful movement in the company's ongoing efforts to reduce plastic waste. The campaign was developed in collaboration with vloggers and influencers. They played a key role in raising awareness about the urgent need for people to take action and address the issue of plastic waste. Through this initiative, we encourage people to make small but impactful changes in their daily lives that can help reduce plastic waste, such as using reusable bags, water bottles, and straws. Our goal is to inspire a broader cultural shift towards more sustainable consumption habits.
The Plastic Warrior Program
Plastic Warrior Program invites volunteers from all age groups, industries, and academia to join the fight against plastic waste. To promote this initiative, Unilever Pakistan has partnered with NED University of Engineering and Technology to provide practical research projects at the student level. The Plastic Warrior Program has already produced exciting results: the first four student groups are aiding Unilever Pakistan’s in researching recycled plastic for their shampoo bottles. Additionally, the Plastic Warrior Program is working to make NED University a plastic waste-free campus, further reducing Pakistan’s plastic footprint.
Protect and Regenerate Nature
If we want a healthy planet, we must look after nature and the livelihoods it supports.
Protect and Regenerate Nature
- 28 % less water used (from 2015 baseline)