Teaching handwashing habits in schools.
Planet & Society in Sri Lanka
Improving lives, communities, and the environment
We are helping to improve the health of the planet
We ground ourselves in our deep-rooted purpose to protect the environment. To date we have taken many initiatives to reduce our environmental footprint.
Our facility in Horana is designed to tackle climate change by reducing our consumption of natural resources through rainwater harvesting, waste footprint reduction, heat energy recovery, greenhouse gas reduction and the usage of renewable energy.
Our Ceytea factory has significantly reduced our dependency of fresh water from our deep ground well, reducing our water footprint and making a positive effect on the way we approach manufacturing, climate change and the wellbeing of surrounding communities.
We are also forerunners in collecting plastic waste from our consumers and the environment, investing heavily behind diverse EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) projects and collaborating with stakeholders since 2013 to help collect and process plastic packaging from consumers, land and waterways.
We are all about improving people’s health, confidence, and wellbeing
Each year, we offer products that deliver positive nutrition. We also believe in winning with our purpose-led brands as a force for good; from Lifebuoy’s commitment to teaching handwashing in schools, to signal educating Sri Lankans on good oral hygiene habits. By simply scrubbing, brushing, sanitizing or consuming any of our products, our consumers are in fact taking action to support these causes. Through our ‘Every Day U Does Good’ campaign, we have positively impacted close to 10 million Sri Lankans thanks to Lifebuoy, Signal, Sunlight and Knorr, who have committed to create a better Sri Lanka by being a force for good.
We contribute to a fairer, more socially inclusive world
Our diverse and inclusive culture makes up of people from all walks of life. 55% of our Management Committee is made up of women and 31% of our workforce is female. ~9% of our workforce is under 30 years of age, and ~48% of our total workforce consist of millennials. We have also enabled 30,000+ Sri Lankan youth to become more employable over the last five years through our Employer Brand Youth Initiatives.
We are also striving to raise the living standards of our suppliers and partners. Our flagship women’s empowerment initiative, Saubhagya, provides 5,000 women the opportunity to earn a sustainable livelihood through door to door selling of Unilever products to their communities. We have also supported 2,700 retail outlets through Project Sunshine, by teaching small retail owners the principles of running successful businesses and remaining competitive.
Here are some of our key sustainability community and environmental initiatives.
Teaching children oral hygiene habits.
Strengthening community bonds.
Inspiring parents to cook tastier meals.
Refurbishing maternity wards.
Our women’s empowerment programme focused on the economic inclusion of adult females.
Enabling Saubhagya entrepreneurs to work with their communities to achieve much needed structural development.
Our retailer livelihood development programme that supports small scale retailers to stay competitive in the market.
Our corporate channel initiative that awards a pension scheme for senior citizen shoppers through a special loyalty programme.
Reaching the pinnacle of sustainable manufacturing.
Creating a circular economy for water.
Setting up of a sustainable plastic waste management system across nine Cargills Food City outlets in Colombo.
Enhancing the employability of Sri Lankan youth.
Waste from our Ceytea factory being transformed into a suite of natural fabric dyes that are providing the fashion industry with greener alternatives.
Creation of natural dyes using a by-product of our instant tea manufacturing process to reduce organisational carbon footprint.
Educating over 400,000 smallholder tea farmers on proper tea cultivation together with the Tea Smallholders Federation & Dialog.
Eliminating garbage dumps in Agarapathana together with authorities and local community.
A partnership with Arpico to change habitual behaviour among shoppers by switching to eco bags.
Handing over a policy action paper to the president’s secretary together with UNDP, for the promotion of public private partnerships for sustainable development.
Unilever and UNGC host a discussion on public-private sector partnerships to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Boosting the employability of undergraduate students.
Uplifting the living standards of Unilever/Sathosa consumers by awarding prime plots of land.
Demonstrating “Seductive Nutrition” together with the Dietitians’ Association of Sri Lanka to make healthy meals taste better.