As well as directly creating wealth and jobs, our business supports – and relies on – the millions of people who source, make and sell our products.
Making a real and positive difference to their lives is one of our greatest opportunities to broaden and deepen our positive social impact – and to strengthen the long-term sustainability of our business.
Our reach, scale... and opportunity
Beyond the factories and sites where we make our products is a network of millions of people who contribute to our success, and who benefit from their relationship with Unilever. Whether they are among the smallholders from whom we buy ingredients indirectly via our suppliers, or the small-scale retailers who bring our products to new and existing consumers, we believe that increasing their capacity and opportunities can strengthen them, and their communities, in ways that contribute to a more sustainable future.
At the same time, an inclusive approach to these networks also makes strong business sense. It helps to secure our essential supplies, expands the markets for our products, and increases the resilience of our business model in an uncertain world.
By 2020, we will have a positive impact on the lives of 5.5 million people by improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, and the incomes of small-scale retailers, and by increasing the participation of young entrepreneurs in our value chain.