Corporate Responsibility is integral to our vision: To earn the love and respect of India by making a real difference to every Indian…
HUL’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) philosophy is embedded in its corporate purpose and Vitality mission.
The company firmly believes that it has commitment to all its stakeholders - consumers, employees and the community in which it operates. It can fulfil this commitment only by sustainable growth. The Vitality mission of the company aims to improve quality of life through our products and through our interventions in the community.
On this background, HUL's key CR initiatives are undertaken with a long-term view. Initiatives that are sustainable, that have long-term benefits and that have business linkage are accorded priority. Some initiatives are brand driven, some are driven by our people and some are driven by our processes.
At HUL we have established a CR Governing Council which is spearheaded by Management Committee (MC) and which is responsible for the corporate reputation and the CR strategy of the company.
Our CR Commitments
On the social front, we will work in areas of Health & Nutrition and Empowerment of Women, our economic agenda will be driven towards Enhancing Livelihoods and the environmental agenda will focus on Water Conservation and cutting Green House Gases. We have developed specific programmes and initiatives to address each of these.
For example Project Shakti is our initiative towards changing lives of women in rural India. Similarly, to commemorate our 75th year in India, we had decided to undertake some key initiatives. We have enhanced livelihoods of 75,000 women in a sustainable manner. We intend to partner with NGOs to augment their efforts by bringing in technical and managerial expertise in this area.
For Enhancing Livelihood, HUL in partnership with Aide et Action India Private Limited has established the Livelihood Education and Skill Development project called ‘Samruddhi’ (meaning prosperity) for the youth through Institute for Livelihood Education and Development (iLEAD) Centre in Silvassa.
One of our other key initiatives is built around our commitment of reducing our carbon footprint. We have embraced Unilever's ambitious target of 25% reduction in CO2 from energy in manufacturing operations per tonne of production by 2012, against a baseline of 2004. HUL developed a new process of manufacturing soap based on 'Plough Share Mixer' technology. This eliminates the need for steam in soap making. Since soaps are a sizeable part of our business, the new technology cuts carbon emissions by 15,000 tons per year.