Unilever Commits to U.S. Food Waste Challenge as Founding Participant
Company joins national initiative to reduce, recover and recycle food waste
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. -- June 4, 2013
Consumer packaged goods giant Unilever, with the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other
founding participants, today announced the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, an
initiative to take actions to address food waste in the U.S.
“We are excited to support this important U.S. initiative which aligns closely
with our business’ war on waste, our effort to promote global food security,
and the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, where we have committed to
significantly reduce waste and to source 100% of our agricultural raw
materials sustainably,” said Kees Kruythoff, president of Unilever North
America. “To have a truly sustainable food supply, we must work together to
take action to reduce the high levels of food waste in our society, which
would have social, economic and environmental benefits.”
At the U.S. Food Waste Challenge Announcement, Kruythoff said Unilever is
taking actions in its own operations and its value chain to address food
*Zero Waste to Landfills. In 2013 Unilever hit its target for zero
non-hazardous waste to landfill, including food waste, from its 22 U.S.
factories and the company’s U.S. head offices. At each site, employee-led
teams are in place to continuously identify ways to reduce waste or to
divert it from landfills through donations, recycling/composting, or
converting waste into energy. Since 2010, Unilever has diverted 11 million
pounds of food products to partners Feeding America and Feed the Children.
*Reducing Loss in Agricultural Supply Chain. At the end of 2012, Unilever
sourced 36% of its agricultural raw materials sustainably, on its way to
the goal of 100% by 2020. The company will be working with its U.S.
agricultural suppliers to follow a waste hierarchy of reduce, reuse,
recycle/compost, energy recovery, or disposal, which is one of the
indicators of the Unilever Sustainable Agriculture Code.
*Engaging Consumers and Customers. Unilever will conduct at least three
education initiatives over the next year in the U.S. to support its
consumers and customers in reducing food waste. Among these initiatives,
Unilever is partnering with Recyclebank, a digital platform that provides
incentives to consumers for taking green actions, to sponsor a learning
module to provide consumers with creative ways to minimize food waste.
Unilever food brands will engage consumers on delicious ways to enjoy
rather than waste leftovers. The Unilever Food Solutions business, which
supplies food products to food service and restaurant professionals, will
work with industry and external partners through “United Against Waste,”
an initiative to help operators reduce food waste and save money at the
About UnileverUnited States, Inc.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal
Care products with sales in over 190 countries. Our products are present in 7
out of 10 homes globally and are used by over 2 billion people on a daily
basis. In the United Statesthe portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe,
Ben & Jerry’s, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, Consort
For Men, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Fruttare, Good
Humor, Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Just for Me!, Klondike,
Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Magnum, Motions, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle,
Promise, Q-tips, Ragú, Simple, Slim-Fast, Soft & Beautiful, St. Ives, Suave,
tcb, TIGI, TRESemmé, Vaseline, and Wish-Bone. All of the preceding brand names
are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.
Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our
overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and
disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to
helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and
well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020,
and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three
big goals are more than 50 time-based targets. See more on the Unilever
Sustainable Living Plan at http://www.unileverusa.com/sustainable-living/.
Unilever employsmore than 10,000 peopleinthe United States – generating
over $9 billion in sales in 2012. For more information, visit
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