Unilever Thai Group of Companies announced its direction for the future and sustainability achievements for a decade of nutrition reformulation in its food category, rethinking plastic in its packaging, and creating inclusiveness through the Ran-Tid-Dao and Wall’s man program.
Mr. Robert Candelino, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever Thai Group of Companies, said “This December 22, 2020 remarks our 88th year in Thailand where throughout the years, we have served 99% of Thai homes. We feel we are a part of this country. This makes us responsible in taking care of our people and our country.”
“Looking back on 2020, we cannot deny that it has been a challenging year for all of us. The pandemic, economic, and social issues have impacted many business sectors. But we have stood by to protect lives and livelihoods of our people and communities, like we always do. We have made 200-million-baht worth of donation including sanitizers, detergents, Knorr, Wall’s, COVID test kits and ventilators. We took care of our people as our employee’s safety is our number one priority. We have offered financial liquidity to our business partners by extending credit terms. We have dropped prices to reduce the cost of living for our consumers, while continually launched many new innovations to respond to consumer needs including PROMAX disinfectants, Anti-Bac products, Knorr Rice Soup with richer nutrients” he added.
While many challenges persist, the health of the planet is at stake and remains a threat to all mankind. Unilever therefore set out a new range of measures and commitments designed to fight climate change and regenerate nature for future generations, amidst the pandemic.
ALL UNILEVER CLEANING PRODUCTS WILL USE RENEWABLE OR RECYCLED CARBON
By 2030, Unilever will eliminate its use of fossil fuels in cleaning products and move to renewable or recycled carbon. Unilever has set up a 1-billion-euro fund for Clean Future to finance biotechnology research, CO2 and waste utilization, and low carbon chemistry. This investment will also be used to create biodegradable and water-efficient product formulations.
REDUCE FOOD WASTE FROM FACTORY OPERATIONS BY HALF AND DOUBLE POSITIVE NUTRITION IN FOOD PRODUCTS
Unilever will also help to transform the global food system, by halving food waste in its direct global operations from factory to shelf, double the number of products delivering positive nutrition globally, and continue to lowering calories, salt and sugar levels across products through the ‘Future Foods’ ambition by 2025.
RETHINKING PLASTIC PROGRESS IN THAILAND, REDUCING 1,400 TONS OF PLASTIC USE AND LEADING THE WAY TO CIRCULARITY THROUGH UPTO 4,000 TONS OF PCR USE
“In Thailand, Unilever is the 1st FMCG to use locally sourced post-consumer recycled (PCR) packaging. We have created local demand by using upto 4,000 tons of PCR. Many of our brands: Sunlight, Comfort, Sunsilk, Dove are now using PCR bottles. This will spur circular economy in Thailand and create the infrastructure for segregation and collection to keep plastic waste in the loop. We have saved 1,400 tons of plastic use and replaced plastic packaging with paper cups in our Wall’s cup, reducing plastic waste by 200 tons per year” said Robert
Last year, Unilever announced its plastic commitment to reduce the use of virgin plastic by half, 100% of its packaging is recyclable, reusable, or compostable, and to help collect and process plastic packaging more than we sell.
“The wellbeing of the planet and people is the core of our sustainability goal in Thailand. Although Unilever was rated world’s No.1 organization in sustainability by Globescan, we still have so much more to do, and we cannot do it alone. We need to collectively work together. It is important that we – and the rest of the industry, the government plays their roles to improves the lives of 68 million Thai people and create change: to improve the health and wellbeing, reduce impact on environmental at source and enhance livelihoods,” Mr. Robert concluded.