Unilever: Lamplighter Programme

Nutrition context / project objective

At the 2011 UN High Level Meeting on NCDs, the World Economic Forum projected that NCDs could result in a cumulative output loss of US$ 30 trillion over the next two decades. NCDs undermine companies’ productivity by causing absenteeism and premature deaths, as well as rising healthcare costs. Unilever has recognized that these conditions can impact the quality of life and wellbeing of its employees, and its health and wellbeing program seeks to be ahead of the curve.

Lamplighter is an innovative approach to employee wellness that uses health risk appraisals alongside exercise, nutrition and mental resilience to help employees improve their health and wellbeing over a 6 to 12 month period. Unilever’s long-term goal is to extend the rollout to all countries operating over 100 people.

Project scope and partner roles

The programme covers a broad scope of activities. Fundamentally:

  • A nutrition component: nutrition and tailored nutritional advice
  • An exercise component: A personal exercise plan based on health requirements and personal goals.
  • A mental resilience component: an online tool to identify, monitor and improve individual’s stress
  • A reassessment after 6 months to track progress

Impact

The programme is now operating in 46 countries and has reached 35,000 Unilever employees, driving improvements in health status across 30 countries.

Global successes include:

  • An 8% reduction in overweight/obesity
  • A 16% reduction in hypertension
  • A 5% reduction in physical inactivity
  • A 17% reduction in poor or under nutrition
  • A 3.5:1 return on investment (ROI)

 

Unilever: Lamplighter Programme

Nutrition context / project objective

At the 2011 UN High Level Meeting on NCDs, the World Economic Forum projected that NCDs could result in a cumulative output loss of US$ 30 trillion over the next two decades. NCDs undermine companies’ productivity by causing absenteeism and premature deaths, as well as rising healthcare costs. Unilever has recognized that these conditions can impact the quality of life and wellbeing of its employees, and its health and wellbeing program seeks to be ahead of the curve.

Lamplighter is an innovative approach to employee wellness that uses health risk appraisals alongside exercise, nutrition and mental resilience to help employees improve their health and wellbeing over a 6 to 12 month period. Unilever’s long-term goal is to extend the rollout to all countries operating over 100 people.

Project scope and partner roles

The programme covers a broad scope of activities. Fundamentally:

  • A nutrition component: nutrition and tailored nutritional advice
  • An exercise component: A personal exercise plan based on health requirements and personal goals.
  • A mental resilience component: an online tool to identify, monitor and improve individual’s stress
  • A reassessment after 6 months to track progress

Impact

The programme is now operating in 46 countries and has reached 35,000 Unilever employees, driving improvements in health status across 30 countries.

Global successes include:

  • An 8% reduction in overweight/obesity
  • A 16% reduction in hypertension
  • A 5% reduction in physical inactivity
  • A 17% reduction in poor or under nutrition
  • A 3.5:1 return on investment (ROI)

 

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