November 16, 2012

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Is it possible for a company to grow sales and profits while reducing its environmental impact? Unilever, one of the environmental leaders held in the portfolio of the Green Century MSCI International Index Fund, thinks so, and the company has a plan to make it happen.

Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan has three big goals:

  • Help more than a billion people improve their health and wellbeing
  • Halve the environmental footprint of the company’s products
  • And sustainably source 100% of agricultural raw materials

Unilever’s goals are ambitious, but the company has already made significant progress.

Green Century's President, Leslie Samuelrich, with Unilever CEO Paul Polman.

Green Century’s President, Leslie Samuelrich, with Unilever CEO Paul Polman.

Unilever hit its 2020 goal for reducing greenhouse gas pollution 4 years early, reducing emissions 43% over 2008, which puts the company on track to be carbon positive by 2030.

The company has developed a set of guidelines for farmers sourcing materials, and made them available to other companies. Australia’s entire dairy industry – more than 1.7 million cows – now complies with Unilever’s sustainability standards.

In 2013, Unilever announced its ground-breaking zero deforestation policy that helped start the transformation of the palm oil supply chain. Chain Reaction Research reports that Unilever now purchases ten percent of global certified sustainable palm oil output. Based on this, Unilever has reached the leading sustainability position in the global food sector, according to the research consortium.

Unilever is also bringing together other stakeholders to accelerate the transition to a sustainable economy. The company founded the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm and the Roundtable on Sustainable Soy, and was recently named one of the most influential companies in advocating for improved policies on climate change.

Unilever is just one of the environmental leaders in the International Index Fund. To see the complete list of holdings in the International Index Fund, learn more about our investment strategy, and see the International Index Fund’s first year performance, please visit our International Index Fund page or call 1-800-934-7336.


*As of September 30, 2017, Unilever NV comprised 2.65%, 0.00%, and 1.60% and Unilever PLC comprised 2.23%, 0.00%, and 0.00% of the Green Century MSCI International Index Fund, Green Century Equity Fund and the Green Century Balanced Fund, respectively. References to specific securities, which will change due to the ongoing management of the Funds, should not be construed as a recommendation by the Funds, their administrator, or their distributor.

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