Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) (BSE: 500696) is India's largest consumer goods company based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It is owned by the British-Dutch company Unilever which controls 52% majority stake in HUL. Its products include foods, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products.
HUL’s approach for a greener planet
Climate change will have a growing impact on Unilever’s business. Our suppliers of agricultural raw materials will be affected by changing weather patterns. Our consumers will have to adapt to a world of rising food and energy prices and communities risk being displaced by extreme weather events such as floods and droughts. It is a particularly urgent issue for Unilever since the countries that are expected to feel the effects most severely are the developing economies that generate more than half our sales. We have calculated the greenhouse gas emissions across the lifecycle of over 1,600 representative products in 14 countries. The calculation covers 70% of our volumes. From this we know that our largest greenhouse gas impacts are beyond our factory gates. The sourcing of raw materials and the use of our products by people at home account for more than 90%. We have set greenhouse gas reduction targets across our value chain – from sourcing, manufacturing, transport and refrigeration all the way through to consumer use of our products. To achieve these targets we need to work with our suppliers as well as offer new products that can help people reduce their own impacts. HUL’s footprint
The product categories which make the largest contribution to our greenhouse gas footprint are those where the consumer requires heated water. Soap, shower gel and skin care products alone account for more than half of our total footprint Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from skin cleansing and hair washing 3.1By 2015 we aim to reach 200 million consumers with products and tools that will help them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions while washing...
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