Unilever invested 43C in 2021 as part of its sustainability initiatives

In line with Global Compass Commitments, Unilever Bangladesh, one of the oldest and largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies in the country, has pursued significant behavioral changes through its Focused Brands , with sustainability integrated into almost every aspect of its business.

Unilever released its 2021 Sustainability Report on Saturday, revealing that the company has invested more than Tk 43 crore covering 10 different SDG programs while impacting millions of people through its sustainability initiatives.

An event was organized in Dhaka on the occasion of the unveiling of the sustainable development report entitled “Partnering Bangladesh” demonstrating the work of the company and its impact on health, the environment and society.

Industry Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson and Managing Director and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh Zaved Akhtar were present with his diverse partner at the event.

According to FMCG, in its relentless quest to build a sustainable future, it has built multi-stakeholder models to engage diverse partners such as Friendship, UNDP, Bhumijo, Brac, Plan International Bangladesh as well as the Government of Bangladesh, which helped. to meet its social commitments throughout 2021.

According to the report, Unilever has collaborated with the largest municipality-supported plastic waste collection project in Bangladesh, supported communities battling Covid-19 and improved the quality of life for 10% of Bangladeshis by increasing disposable income ready-to-wear (RMG) workers.

The FMCG opened Astha stores in around 143 RMG factories and provided scholarships to 150 children of RMG workers in 2021. It also taught 11 million school children about handwashing to curb Covid and raise awareness about hygiene over the same period, according to the report.

He also invested Tk20 lakh in 2021 in conducting 334 free dental camps which reached 1 million people. As part of the democratization of healthcare, Unilever has provided healthcare services to more than 15,000,000 remote people, bringing experts to remote areas through 500 health camps who have performed approximately 17,000 surgeries .

The company also says it has achieved a 75% recycling structure capacity and reduced 250 tonnes of plastic with a 52% recycling structure implemented in 2021, collecting 117 tonnes, of which 17 tonnes came from 4,44,000 households thanks to a plastic waste collection initiative supported by the municipality. operating in all of its 27 districts.

“We have completed the technical preparation to find the solutions to reach 75%. These will be deployed commercially step by step. We have implemented the 52% recyclable structures which we have the capacity and which we have already deployed in the market,” said Shamima Akhter, General Affairs Manager at Dhaka Tribune.

During the event, the Minister of Industry inaugurated a refill machine, a unique initiative by Unilever Bangladesh to reduce plastic use through technology and consumer behavior change.

Regarding energy sustainability, the FMCG reported saving 1.2 million GJ of energy since 2010.

Due to its extensive network and targeted brands, the company says it understands and appreciates that its actions affect not just 20,000 people: who work in its extended value chain or outer core, but also 11,000 retail and their families across Bangladesh.

“In our history of operating in Bangladesh over the past five decades, Unilever has always been a forerunner in doing good for the country and the people. In line with Unilever’s global commitments, we drive behavior change through our useful brands, embedding sustainability into every part of our business and building multi-stakeholder models to engage our partners, including the Government of Bangladesh, in our journey towards building a sustainable Bangladesh,” said the CEO and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh, Zaved Akhtar,

“Around the world, we have strategized and used our targeted brands to improve people’s health, confidence and well-being and help achieve the SDG goals of zero hunger, good health and well-being and clean water. and sanitation. By extending this philosophy to Bangladesh, we have used our brands to improve people’s lives. We have many success stories such as improving oral hygiene for children in the country and teaching more than 10 million school children from good handwashing since the 1990s. We are now focusing on replicating these experiences for toilet hygiene, safe water drinking habits and mental well-being – because we have identified these areas as the areas where there are barriers or taboos.”

But it is clear that we need to do much more within our business and using our size, scale and partnerships in our value chain and beyond. Inspired by this very philosophy, we at Unilever aspire to create a society based on fairness, and we believe it needs a more concrete and concerted holistic approach,” said Akhtar.

“The Unilever Bangladesh Sustainability Report is our small effort to tell about the initiatives we are taking to build a sustainable Bangladesh. It is not an end result but the start of a journey towards big daunting goals that we must achieve not individually, but rather through collaboration and co-creation with our partners,” he added.

With a legacy spanning more than five decades, Unilever has deployed its resources to become a force for good for people and country by driving lasting change in health, environment and society, the company said.

According to FMCG, it continues to innovate products that cater to the large Bangladeshi market and realize the vision of building a sustainable future in Bangladesh using its value chain, useful brands and instrumental partnerships.

Unilever Bangladesh Limited (UBL) is the largest fast moving consumer goods company with a heritage of over five decades and 9 out of 10 households use one or more of its brands for their daily needs. With over 28 brands including Lux, Lifebuoy, Surf, Closeup, Sunsilk, Ponds, Vaseline, Dove, Taaza and Pureit, the company is part of the daily lives of millions of consumers across Bangladesh.

UBL is a subsidiary of Unilever, one of the world’s leading suppliers of consumer packaged goods to more than 190 countries.

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