It is not easy for a $60 billion company that conducts business in just about every country, AND sells a wide array of food and consumer products, to change the world. But Unilever, through its Sustainable Living Plan, is accomplishing massive environmental and social change on several fronts.

Today the first installment of a series devoted to Unilever was posted today on Sustainable Brands. I cover the early days of Unilever’s shift back in 2006. Rather than simply building a corporate social responsibility or CSR department, Unilever’s executives decided that the brands themselves would be the locus of change. The program launched in 2010 with plenty of support--and skepticism. But two years into the program, the results are trickling in--well, more of a gush. From water and sanitation crises in the developing world to tackling food waste, Unilever’s push to revamp its supply chain and internal operations are beginning to pay dividends. Fair trade ingredients, hand washing and even toilet academies are amongst Unilever’s initiatives to groom its business while cutting its environmental impact in half--and make the lives of 1 billion poor people better. And most assuring is the fact that the company is updating stakeholders on its progress with complete transparency.

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Photo of Pier Luigi Sigismondi, Unilever’s Chief Supply Chain Officer, courtesy of Unilever.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.