Unilever announced this week that it is committing to achieve Net Zero on all its products by 2039 – eleven years ahead of the Paris Agreement deadline. The announcement includes the creation of a €1 billion “climate and nature fund” the focus of which will include reforestation, restoration of soils and sustainable farming. Unilever is already involved in this area through such things as Ben & Jerry’s initiative to reduce GHG emissions from dairy farms.
Unilever is also introducing a Regenerative Agricultural Code for all its suppliers.
At a time when much of UK agriculture is contemplating the changes that exiting the CAP will bring, Unilever’s announcement is another reminder that farming and land use will have a key role to play in achieving Net Zero.
Written with Tom Hewitt, head of our estates and land team and our food and farming team.
Unilever sets out new actions to fight climate change