Unilever Scenes from a Blue Planet
Globally, Unilever under the leadership of Paul “The Saint” Polman is raising the banner of sustainable business over an admiring field: it currently commands the number one slot in sustainability on Oxfam’s Behind the Brands scorecard. And here at home? Same story: local business follows the global Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP), a blueprint used to leverage its products and supply chains to create jobs, decrease environmental impacts and improve health. Through projects like its Lifebuoy Help a Child Reach 5 campaign, its Ola Vendors programme and its water-neutral flagship dry-food facility at Indonsa, the Le Grand Bleu is achieving all that and more.
Comment: When Polman visited these shores in June, he expressed the belief that, in the light of climate change, high unemployment rates and rising inequality, companies could no longer be run primarily for shareholder returns, but should rather focus on building society as a whole. To which we reply, Word.