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Unilever renews strategic partnership

June 08, 2020

We are delighted to announce that the Foundation and Unilever have renewed their Strategic Partnership for a further three years.

Unilever, one of the world’s largest fast-moving consumer goods companies, has long supported the global transition to a circular economy and first joined the Foundation as a partner in 2014.

The renewed partnership will focus on raising the ambition level in the transition towards a circular economy for plastic in the fast-moving consumer goods sector. It will also focus on building the momentum towards creating a circular economy for food and also fashion — by providing clothing care products that keep clothes in use for longer.

Unilever is on a mission to make sustainable living commonplace. The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) has been central to its business model for the past decade, setting out how the company will decouple growth from its environmental impact, while at the same time increasing its positive social impact.

The USLP is now in its tenth and final year. Building on the progress from the last decade, Unilever is committed to continuing to be a sustainable leader and has developed a new, fully integrated corporate strategy: the Unilever Compass. The Unilever Compass is based on three core beliefs: that brands with purpose grow, companies with purpose last, and people with purpose thrive.

Even in uncertain times we must not turn our back on the issue of plastic pollution. Keeping plastic out of the environment and in the economy remains of critical importance. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is central to driving the systemic change we need which is why we have renewed our partnership. We look forward to stepping up the ambition level and creating a ‘new normal’ for plastic packaging.

- Alan Jope - CEO, Unilever

Unilever has consistently raised the bar for circularity in the fast-moving consumer goods industry, as showcased by its leadership on plastics. We are excited about the transformative circular economy potential Unilever brings to new systems as it expands its scope of work with the Foundation.

- Andrew Morlet - CEO, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Unilever’s portfolio includes food and refreshments, home care, and personal care products — including Ben and Jerry’s, Marmite, Wall’s, Domestos, Persil, Dove, Lynx, and Vaseline.

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