Unilever Australia and New Zealand becomes a certified B Corporation

Unilever ANZ has announced it is now B Corporation (B Corp) certified, joining 460 other businesses in the region and over 5,400 globally.

Actions by Unilever ANZ’s global sustainable business strategy, The Compass, were integral in achieving certification.

These actions include fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce with gender parity across management; pioneering flexible work with a four-day work week trial in New Zealand; switching to 100 per cent renewable electricity to power its operations; reimagining packaging to reduce plastic waste; collaborating with farmers on Regenerative Agricultural Principles; and driving strong employee engagement around Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG).

Nicky Sparshott, CEO of Unilever ANZ, said the certification is a tremendous milestone for a company the size and scale of Unilever.

“On any given day, millions of Aussie and Kiwi households use our products – we have both a responsibility and an opportunity to use our scale as a force for good. We’re thrilled to achieve B Corp Certification, as both a validation of the actions we’ve implemented across Australia and New Zealand, and a motivator to strive even further.”

Andrew Davies, CEO of B Lab Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, also mentioned the importance of a business the size and scale of Unilever ANZ becoming certified.

“Their Certification sends a powerful signal that will further advance change in the consumer goods sector, and our broader global economic system.

“We need more businesses of all sizes to step up and be accountable, and B Corp Certification is one powerful way to do that. It comes with a significant burden of greater transparency and requires continuous improvement to maintain the Certification over time. It’s a credit to the team at Unilever ANZ that they have been willing and able to achieve this with such a large, complex business.”

To become certified, companies must demonstrate verifiable positive impact through policies and practices across five areas – governance, workers, communities, customers, and the environment.

Sparshott said that through the company’s Certification they’re proving it’s possible to be profitable while simultaneously having a positive impact on the planet.

“Becoming a B Corp makes us a stronger business as it will help us attract talented jobseekers who are increasingly seeking out meaningful work; become a partner of choice for organisations who are prioritising ESG; and win over Australian shoppers that want to buy purposeful brands that have a positive impact.”

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