Unilever launches the Climate Promise to engage suppliers on climate action

Announced today at Climate Week NYC, Unilever is inviting supply partners to demonstrate their shared values and commitment to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions footprint as Unilever works to achieve its stretching goal of net zero emissions across its value chain by 2039.   Announced today at Climate Week NYC, Unilever is inviting supply partners to demonstrate their shared values and commitment to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions footprint as Unilever works to achieve its stretching goal of net zero emissions across its value chain by 2039.  

Unilever launches the Climate Promise to engage suppliers on climate action

22 September 2021, 8am EDT/1pm BST

Contact: Press-Office.London@Unilever.com

Unilever’s Climate Promise 

Announced today at Climate Week NYC, Unilever is inviting supply partners to demonstrate their shared values and commitment to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions footprint as Unilever works to achieve its stretching goal of net zero emissions across its value chain by 2039.  

As more and more companies work towards net zero emissions, many are recognising the majority of GHG emissions in their value chain come from outside their own operations. Through the Climate Promise, Unilever wants to find ways to work with its partners to measure, reduce and report on emissions in their own value chains and look for ways to incentivise and support their success.   

This Promise, whilst optional, presents an opportunity for Unilever suppliers to position themselves on the leading edge of its planet commitments and to demonstrate that addressing the environmental footprint of its value chains is of paramount importance. 

By committing to Unilever’s Climate Promise, suppliers promise to: 

  • Set a public climate target to halve absolute GHG emissions by 2030 
  • Publicly report progress towards meeting this target 
  • Share GHG emissions / footprint data with Unilever  

 

Speaking at the Transform to Net Zero: The Supply Chain Perspective event in The Hub at Climate Week NYC, Unilever’s Chief Procurement Officer, Dave Ingram, said:

“Unilever has set an ambitious goal to achieve zero emissions across our own operations by 2030, and net zero across our value chain by 2039. That means we’ll radically reduce our greenhouse gas impact at every step of production – from the raw materials we source, to manufacturing, right up to when our products are sold.

“This year we hit the ground running with a series of innovations but we can only achieve our ultimate goal by partnering with other, like-minded businesses.

“Through our Climate Promise, Unilever is inviting its key partners to demonstrate their shared values and commitment to working with us to measure, reduce and report on emissions in their own value chains and look for ways to incentivise and support their success.”

The Climate Promise follows two other Unilever initiatives launched with Unilever suppliers: the Supplier Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Promise and the Living Wage/Living Income Promise.

Unilever Climate Programme 

Through the Unilever Climate Programme, Unilever will work closely with a subset of 300 suppliers whom it has assessed as having the most significant impact on climate, accounting for almost two-thirds of its upstream Scope 3 emissions. The programme will offer hands-on guidance and access to tools and resources to support those that need it.   

Unilever is starting immediately with a small group of diverse suppliers who can help shape the programme, before moving to a pilot involving about 40 suppliers in 2022. Unilever will continue to onboard new suppliers to the programme over the 12-18 months that follow, until all 300 suppliers benefit.  

Supporting climate action

Unilever recognises that by working with others and sharing learnings, it can accelerate climate action in supply chains. As a Partner of Exponential Roadmap, Unilever co-founded the 1.5°C Supply Chain Leaders initiative to support suppliers to align with a net zero future.

The company is also part of
Transform to Net Zero, a cross-sector initiative to accelerate the transition to a net zero global economy. Download new guidance for companies working to engage their suppliers on climate targets.