Unilever is committed to scaling up nutrition in support of the SUN Movement. This includes improving the nutrition of our 171,000 employees through our workplace wellness programme. It also means and improving the health and well-being of over one billion people by 2020 through improving the nutritional quality of our products, delivering safe drinking water and changing the hygiene behavior of their consumers.
Statement of Commitments
- In 2001 Unilever developed a global programme called Lamplighter which is a workplace wellness programme that combines health risk assessment with education and behavioural change amongst employees. By June 2016 they have pledged to introduce a corporate nutrition policy for a productive and healthy workforce. In addition, they will seek to improve corporate policies on maternal health including support for breastfeeding mothers.
- Improving hygiene and access to clean water is essential to reduce diarrhoeal disease and can also help to reduce under-nutrition. By 2015, Unilever’s Lifebuoy brand aims to change the hygiene behaviour of 1 billion consumers around the world. In 2012, 71 million people were reached with Lifebuoy hand washing with soap programmes. The Lifebuoy soap brand aims to improve hand washing among birth attendants and family members as a strategy to reduce newborn deaths in developing countries. Unilever are committed to reaching 500,000 mothers or 2.5 million people through Neo Natal hand washing programmes by 2015.
- The Unilever Foundation is partnering in the area of nutrition with Save the Children and the World Food Programme (WFP). The partnership with WFP has been extended a further 2 years. The commitment is part of a broader programme in Bangladesh and Indonesia, through Project Laserbeam to deliver an integrated nutrition, WASH and livelihoods agenda. This programme will focus on addressing the first 1,000 days of a child’s life and by 2015 aims to improve the nutrition of up to 500,000 children, provide access to clean drinking water and sanitation and healthcare to whole communities, reach more than one million people with hygiene training in schools and communities and enhance the livelihoods of 3,000 women in ultra-poor households. In addition Unilever will continue efforts to provide school meals for children. In 2012, for example, they provided more than 12 million school meals to children in Indonesia and Bangladesh through Project Laser Beam.
- Unilever has also signed up to the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) commitment to explore the development of a collaborative nutrition research platform that will address some of the many unanswered questions on global under nutrition.