Unilever

Company Score

+1.20
Industry Household & Personal Products
Country Netherlands
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 2710
Impact Notes 50
SDG Covered 15 out of 17

Unilever is a British-Dutch consumer goods company with headquarters in the UK and the Netherlands. Its products include food and beverages, cleaning agents, beauty products, and personal care products. It is Europe’s seventh most valuable company. Unilever products are available in around 190 countries and it owns over 400 brands, including Axe/Lynx, Dove, Hellmann's, Knorr, Lipton, Lux, Magnum, Rexona/Degree, Sunsilk and Surf.

Read about Unilever and its impact below.

Impact notes

Good Health and Well-being

Unilever’s calories loaded ice creams brands add to the global obesity crisis

Profile Prachi Maulingker
Icon time Fri Apr 9th, 2021 at 12:08pm

Obesity is one of the world’s biggest health problems and is responsible for 4.7 Mn premature deaths each year1. 13% of the adults across the globe are obese1. In the US, obesity affects every 1 in 6 children & is linked to over 50 chronic diseases2. Ice creams are one of the top 10 highly fattening foods that contribute to the global obesity issue3.

Affordable and Clean Energy

Unilever’s total energy use in 2020 was 7.04M MWh, which represents 0.016% of industrial consumption

Profile olu omo
Icon time Fri Mar 26th, 2021 at 9:12am

In 2019, the world consumed 173.34 billion (Bn) MWh of energy1. In the same year, nearly 84% of the total energy consumption came from fossil fuels2. The burning of non-renewable fuels (fossil fuels) heats the planet, contributing to weather pattern fluctuations, affecting biodiversity and ecosystems3. Fossil fuel burning emits harmful gases, which lead to nearly 8.7 million (Mn) deaths globally in 20187. That same year, the industrial sector accounts for 37% (43.6Bn MWh) of global energy consumption4.

Good Health and Well-being

Unilever products are manufactured with more than 100 health threatening ingredients

Profile Sandhyani.Borah
Icon time Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 8:51am

According to the EPA, there are over 40,000 chemicals in consumer products and less than 1% have been studied for safety1. Many personal-use products have harmful substances, including carcinogens2. This is a major concern since personal care products are applied directly and therefore are absorbed or inhaled easily2.

Good Health and Well-being

Dove helps boost confidence of over 40 million women through its Self-Esteem Project

Profile Sandhyani.Borah
Icon time Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 8:08am

During the present era of heavy media (TV, magazines, internet, social media) consumption, body image issue, leading to low self-esteem, is an emerging concern among the youth1. Globally, over 54% of girls aged 10-17 years lack high body esteem2. On the other hand, over 69% of women suffer from appearance anxiety caused by the media-set standards of unrealistic beauty3.

Decent work and Economic Growth

Unilever sources cocoa from Ivory Coast and Ghana from suppliers who employ child labor

Profile Pooja.Katariya1
Icon time Mon Nov 9th, 2020 at 10:52am

According to the International Labor Organization estimates, 40 million people suffer from modern slavery globally1. Out of this, 25 million are the forced labor victims1. Worldwide, 152 million children between the age of 5 and 17 are child laborers, out of which 70.9% work in the agriculture field, 17.1% in the service sector, and 11.9% in industries1.