Unilever PHL strengthens programs for health, environment & livelihood

May 21, 2013 10:12 pm 

MANILA, May 21 — Beyond financial attainments, the world’s leading supplier Unilever also takes pride in the changes it has made in global health, environment and livelihood.

Unilever strengthened its Unilever Sustainable Living Plan or USLP Tuesday at the Blue Leaf Pavillion, Taguig in an exhibit which presented its various projects and the results of its campaign.

The USLP, launched in 2010, aims to help more than a billion people improve their health and well-being, halve the environmental footprint of products and source 100 percent of raw materials sustainably.

Unilever Philippines Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Responsibility, Chito Macapagal said in a speech that it was always important to them to use resources without compromising the future resources.

“We are focused in helping the country meet some of its Millennium Development Goals,” Macapagal said, explaining how they wanted to engage not only people in the company but also everyone locally and globally.

Meanwhile, Unilever Chairman and CEO Peter Cowan explained that it was sustainability that made their business model successful.

The company has earned about 50 billion euros globally, which is a first-time for Unilver.

This, according to Cowan, will serve as motivation for Unilever Philippines to continue to work to meet the USLP targets.

In the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan progress report 2012, it stated that in improving health and well-being, Unilever has for the past year, aided 10, 000 children from Batangas day care centers in a day and night brushing activity as part of the “Batang May K Program”.

They have also reduced diarrhea cases through proper toilet sanitation, cleaning toilets particularly in Metro Manila public hospitals, San Lazaro Hospital and National Children’s Hospital.

About 500, 000 children learned proper hand washing in Unilever’s “Pledge Hands to Save Lives” campaign.

For reducing environmental impact, Unilever as collected 10 million post-consumer sachets at the end of 2013 and aims to collect more until 2020.

Finally, to enhance livelihood, Unilever has also developed SuperStores (sari-sari stores) which started in 2009. At present, there are a total of 2, 100 stores in nine different regions in the country. (PNA)

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