Unilever hits new industry milestone in zero waste mission and launches new sustainability collaboration

Unilever hits new industry milestone in zero waste mission and launches new sustainability collaboration

Leading personal care behemoth Unilever has achieved yet another milestone with more than 600 sites in over 70 countries now sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill.

The company has reached this goal by identifying other routes for its non-hazardous waste from these sites, which include factories, warehouses, distribution centres and offices. In January 2015 the company announced zero waste at 240 sites, therefore the leap to 600 is a clear indication of the success of its campaign.

In a bid to continue driving this mission the company has also announced a partnership with 2degrees, a collaboration platform and service that helps create sustainable businesses. Set to go live this summer, Unilever hopes it will help businesses and industries to work together and create more opportunity for a zero waste industry.

Pier Luigi Sigismondi, Unilever’s Chief Supply Chain Officer, said, “The global challenge of a growing population relying on limited resources is very real. While I am proud of what our employees and partners have achieved across our manufacturing operations and the wider business, there is a lot more to be done to inspire a wide-scale movement.
“It is time to accelerate efforts to move towards a zero-waste world, and our new collaboration with 2degrees will allow us to share lessons and experiences, and to encourage other businesses and industries to take up the zero waste-challenge. By building a network of partners and working together, we can eliminate waste on an unprecedented scale across the globe.”

Meanwhile Martin Chilcott, Founder and CEO of 2degrees, said, “Unilever is continuing to demonstrate the leadership necessary to tackle the biggest resource efficiency and sustainability challenges that businesses face. To achieve bold goals, we need equally bold action and collaboration at scale. I’m delighted to be working with them to co-create a program to help make this happen.”