TORONTO, March 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Unilever Canada was honoured Friday with the GLOBE Foundation's 2012 GLOBE Corporate Award for Environmental Excellence, recognizing the packaged goods manufacturer as a leader in balancing competitive business strategies and sustainable development. Considered to be among the most high-profile national sustainability awards, the GLOBE Awards annually recognize Canadian companies that are innovating in their industries through sustainable business practices. Unilever was selected for its achievement in the Corporate Environmental Excellence category.
"We are honoured for the recognition of Unilever's achievements in environmental stewardship and our approach to global sustainability," said John LeBoutillier, President and CEO, Unilever Canada. "To be recognized as a leader among Canada's top sustainable companies is a testament to the longstanding tradition we have at Unilever of embracing sustainability as part of our business model—made only more powerful by the launch of our global Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, which serves as the business model to both grow our business and continue to ambitiously improve sustainable practices."
Launched in 2010, the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan is an aggressive set of global goals aimed to increase the company's positive social benefits and reduce its environmental impacts by 2020. The Plan contains more than 50 concrete targets that will:
- Help more than one billion people improve their health and well-being
- Halve the environmental impact of our products
- Source 100% of our agricultural raw materials sustainably
To learn more about the Sustainable Living Plan, visit http://www.sustainable-living.unilever.com/
The 2012 GLOBE award was presented to Unilever Canada in Vancouver at GLOBE 2012, an International Conference and Trade Fair on Business and the Environment. The awards recognize Canadian companies whose corporate sustainability practices yield results for the bottom line. The highly-regarded national awards program is judged by a panel of recognized experts from the Canadian business community.
The global and comprehensive Unilever Sustainable Living Plan provides direction for both corporate planning and individual brands. By developing new ways of doing business which will increase the social benefits from Unilever's activities, while at the same time reducing environmental impact, Unilever continues as a corporate leader of sustainable change. The 2012 GLOBE award recognizes the ongoing success of Unilever to enact these sustainable practices throughout the company.
Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods with strong operations in more than 100 countries and sales in 180. With products that are used over two billion times a day around the world, we work to create a better future every day and help people feel good, look good and get more out of life with brands and services that are good for them and good for others. In Canada the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Becel, Ben & Jerry's, Breyers, Degree, Dove personal care products, Hellmann's, Klondike, Knorr, Lipton, Nexxus, Noxzema, Popsicle, Q-Tips, Ragu, Skippy, St. Ives, TIGI, TRESemmé, and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Unilever Canada employs more than 1,600 people generating over $1 billion in sales in 2011. For more information, please visit www.unilever.ca. For information on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, please visit http://www.sustainable-living.unilever.com/
About the GLOBE Foundation
The GLOBE Foundation is a Vancouver-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding practical business-oriented solutions to the world's environmental problems. Formed in 1993, the GLOBE Foundation has helped companies and individuals realize the value of economically viable environmental business opportunities through conferences and events, research and consulting, project management, communications and awards.
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