By Princewill Ekwujuru & William Jimoh
Unilever Nigeria Plc, manufacturer of foods, home and personal care brands has reiterated its commitment to leading the way in implementing impactful interventions across the company’s value chain in a bid to deliver positive social impacts.
Managing Director/Chief Executive, Unilever Nigeria Thabo Mabe, said this during the 2013 Unilever CSR Sustainability Day held in Lagos to provide a platform for all its CSR collaborators to review progress and present to the public their collective impacts on stakeholders in the social responsibility and sustainability spheres.
According to Mabe, “Although we have made considerable progress, there is still a lot of work to be done as the world still face challenges we cannot solve alone. As a business we will continue to foster collaboration with other businesses, government, NGOs and consumers, so that together, we can drive the change we need in the society.
“For these reasons we launched the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) to decouple our growth from our environmental impact, while at the same time increasing our positive social impact. USLP is ambitious and we have much more to do.
“We continue to strive to deliver our stretching goals which include; achieving by 2020, improved health and well-being, reduce environmental impact and source 100% of our agricultural raw materials sustainably and enhance the livelihoods of people across our value chain.
Giving reports of their activities under the partnership with Unilever, the CSR partners who include, UNICEF, Save the Children International, Positive Action for Treatment Access, PATA, Diamond Light, and Children Living with Cancer Foundation among others attest to the improvement they have been able to execute in their various field of human endeavours.
According to Mr. Patrick Osuocha, the representative of UNICEF, the organisation is working to improve access to basic sanitation in Sokoto and Ogun states as part of efforts to curb open defecation which could result in epidemics in the concerned states and the country as a whole. On his part, Dr.
Odedere of Save the Children Foundation, said, Save the Children International is helping to ensure that mothers and their babies in Lagos and Jigawa states have improved access to quality care and support, that health workers receive adequate training, and support health facilities with necessary equipments.
Other partners that have benefited from the partnership to better the lives of Nigerians are Diamond Light foundation that works to provide academic empowerment for young ladies, Oxafam which provides empowerment for women farmers through provision of capital, fertilizer and other farm inputs.
At the event, Unilever donated computer systems and accessories to Olusosun Primary School and gave monetary support to Children Living with Cancer Foundation to enhance the pupils understanding of computer studies.