Unilever Calls on Government and Corporates to End ‘business as Usual’

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  • 07 May 2020
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Unilever Calls on Government and Corporates to End ‘business as Usual’

Alan Jope, chief executive of consumer goods company Unilever, has called on governments and businesses to “double down” on environmental commitments in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking at a virtual event to mark the 10-year anniversary of Unilever’s sustainability strategy, Jope said all actors must reject a business-as-usual approach in favour of action that tackles the climate crisis and social inequality. Jope argued the existing capitalist model had been in “need of repair” for some time and that it was the responsibility of businesses like Unilever to work with partners to “drive a new model of capitalism and build a better future”. Unilever said that its Sustainable Living Plan, launched in the wake of the last major shock to the global economy, will be retired this year and replaced with a new multi-year sustainability corporate strategy called the ‘Unilever Compass’. The new strategy will tackle issues that include climate change, social inclusion, waste, gender equality, human rights, and fair value, with 15 multi-year priorities unveiled in due course.

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