Sustainable Development Report 2008

  • 26-May-2009
Time period
  • January 2008  –  April 2009
  • Unilever's online Sustainable Development Report 2008 contains our Communication on Progress. See:

    The Report includes a statement of support from our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. It also contains an index that explains how our own principles reflect those of the Compact and how we implement them across our business. See:

    Our leadership and employees use the contents of the Report to explain Unilever’s approach to corporate responsibility to a broad range of stakeholders around the world. By posting our Report online, we make it easily accessible to a wide audience.

    We also produce a 34-page Sustainable Development Overview in print that explains how we are integrating sutainability into our business and brands. This is distributed to employees and external stakeholders. See:

Principles covered
  • Principle 1 - Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
  • Principle 2 - Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
  • Principle 3 - Businesses should uphold freedom of association & effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
  • Principle 4 - The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour
  • Principle 5 - The effective abolition of child labour
  • Principle 6 - Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
  • Principle 7 - Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
  • Principle 8 - Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
  • Principle 9 - Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
  • Principle 10 - Businesses should work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery
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