Climate change is now a climate crisis. We’re taking action across our business and through our brands.
Climate change is now a global crisis that requires more attention. Because we believe in a better future, we have prioritized the health of the planet as the key to maintaining the stability of the global economy.
Unilever is globally transitioning to renewable energy across our operations and finding new lower carbon ingredients. We are also reformulating our products to offer environmentally friendly alternatives like plant-based ingredients and fossil-fuel-free cleaning products.
Through innovation, we believe those problems that the world is facing today can be solved.
Towards a net zero emissions world
We’re aiming to achieve net zero emissions by 2039. That is 11 years ahead of the 2050 deadline outlined in the international Paris Agreement on climate change.
We have carried out various initiatives to halve our environmental footprint involved in the making and use of our products as we grow our business. We have lowered greenhouse gas emission by 50% from the use of our products across the value chain and strive to communicate the carbon footprint of each of our products.
We are also optimizing the use of renewable energy such as solar panels for heaters, and the biomass energy that comes from palm shells. This energy efficiency is evident at Grha Unilever, our head office building, which has implemented green building technologies and subsequently been awarded the Greenship Platinum (the highest category).We have been using daylight to reduce electricity consumption and have gone green in our office areas to absorb as many as CO2 emissions as possible.
Innovations that improve consumers’ experience and benefit the planet
We continuously and eagerly seek out new ways to develop sustainably. Therefore, long-term science and technology programs are one of our main focuses to provide positive sustainability benefits and provide the best experience to meet all consumers’ needs.
The sustainability principles at Unilever Indonesia are also applied through various breakthroughs in product and packaging development. One of them is through the latest commitment from Unilever's Home Care division, namely ‘Clean Future’, which is an effort to actualize a cleaner, more sustainable future by completely replacing the carbon derived from fossil fuels in the manufacture, production and packaging of our cleaning and detergent product range with renewable or recycled carbon.
‘Clean Future’ initiatives include reformulated Rinso Detergen Cair and Molto Pelembut dan Pewangi Pakaian, also introduced product solutions designed to consume less water, such as Molto All in One (Blue, Pink) and Sunlight Jeruk Nipis Pencuci Piring.
A healthy value chain will protect the earth
Our single most important guiding principle is to collaborate with responsible and traceable raw material suppliers to prevent damage to the environment in general and nearby communities in particular. Globally, we want to achieve a deforestation-free supply chain for palm oil, paper and cardboard, tea, soy and cocoa by 2023, and help both protect and regenerate 1.5 million hectares of land, forests and oceans by 2030.
In addition to quality, we are following sustainable raw materials acquisition processes to provide economic value to our partners, who are mostly small farmers, by taking into account all social and environmental aspects. Our goal is to ensure that every raw material that we procure has provided benefits for all parties by preserving the natural ecosystem from deforestation and environmental damage, respecting and promoting human rights, being transparent, and generating traceability.
Farmers’ welfare support food security
We purchase foodstuffs directly from farmers because empowering them as well as protecting and regenerating the agricultural environment is important for maintaining food security.
Unilever had designed the Sustainable Agriculture Code (SAC) to ensure that only sustainable agriculture procedures are implemented across our entire supply chain. These principles cover the areas of economy development, environmental preservation and social enhancement.
In the current chain supply, we use:
- 100% local black soybeans that adhere to the Sustainable Agricultural Code (SAC) certification
- 100% tea that adhere to the Rainforest Alliance (RA) certification
- 95% of our palm oil volumes are from physically certified sustainable sources
We also carry out a number of programs with NGOs and other private parties to improve the quality of life for farmers and their families. This support includes providing access to finance and financial inclusion, training in sustainable agricultural practices and supporting the continual regeneration of Indonesian farmers into the next generations, for example through the Program Petani Muda Bango. For example, the fresh chilies used in Sambal Jawara are purchased directly from local farmers to improve their standards of living.
Water management for natural harmony
Two billion people all over the world are currently experiencing shortages of clean water due to deforestation, the over-extraction of groundwater from agricultural crops, pollution from industrial waste, and poor infrastructure.
Unilever has taken concrete steps to maintain the availability of potable water through more efficient water usage and reducing water pollution. By 2030 we are committed to:
- Formulating our products to be biodegradable
- Implementing water processing programs in 100 of Unilever’s production sites in areas that lack water. We are currently doing this together with the local communities around our factories in Cikarang and Rungkut
- Joining the Water Resources Group (WRG) 2030 to contribute to transformative changes and establish water processing security in countries that encounter water shortages