UNILEVER ETHICAL CERTIFICATION

As consumers increasingly look to purchase socially responsible brands, Unilever said it was now sourcing more than a third of its agricultural raw materials sustainably. It targets to source 100 per cent sustainably by 2020 under its Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. Investing in smallholder farmers is critical. If smallholders have access to training, better quality seeds and fertiliser they can significantly increase their yields.They know they cannot do this alone which is why we are forming strategic partnerships with suppliers

Lipton has taken an aggressive path on the ethical certification of the farms from which the company procures tea. Even before the Sustainable Living Plan launched, Lipton sourced all tea for its Yellow Label tea sold in Western Europe from Rainforest Alliance-certified farms. Lipton’s main goal is to have all teabags earn that certification by 2015. To reach that goal, Lipton provides training to farmers on better agricultural practices so that they can double or triple their yields, which benefits their families. Lipton had trained over 300,000 smallholder farmers, an impressive logistical feat considering many of them grow tea on less than two hectares.

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