UNILEVER TO INVEST 1-BILLION EUROS VS CLIMATE CHANGE
Unilever PLC said on Monday it will invest 1 billion euros in a fund to invest in climate change projects and reduce to net zero greenhouse gas emissions from all its products by 2039, 11 years ahead of the Paris Agreement deadline, Siddharth Cavale reported for Reuters on June 15, 2020.
Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumer products company whose brands include Dove soap and Knorr soup, said it was responding to the “scale and urgency” of the climate change crisis.
The fund will invest in projects including reforestation, water preservation and carbon sequestration over the next 10 years, it said. The net zero emission target is an extension of efforts already underway to cut emissions within the company by 2030 - such as reducing electricity consumption within offices.
Unilever’s total greenhouse gas footprint was around 60 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2019 according to its website. “We are now going much wider in our commitments, we call it a cradle to shelf commitment...across the value chain,” Unilever Chief Supply Chain Officer, Marc Engel said. Unilever has an annual turnover of 52 billion euros ($58.5 billion.)