Explore the potential of unlocking the circular economy within the fast-moving consumer goods sector
Unilever is an Anglo-Dutch multinational consumer goods company. Its product portfolio includes food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products.
The goal of Unilever’s Global Partnership with the Foundation is to unlock the economic opportunities of the circular economy along the entire value chain. To contribute to the delivery of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan waste strategy commitments, the partnership will focus on optimising packaging and manufacturing material streams so that they become a source of value creation for the business and wider stakeholder community.
For consumer goods – such as food and for apparel and their packaging – which are short-lived and often transformed during use, the economic benefits of a circular design seem initially harder to capture. Yet recovering part of the US $2.6 trillion of material value lost each year is a huge opportunity for fast-moving consumer goods companies and Unilever will prove to be an important pathfinder within the industry.
Unilever is working closely with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation across three focus areas:
Unilever is a Core Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative, which works to rethink and redesign the future of plastics, starting with packaging.