Targets and Performance
This section captures India specific targets (2018) and progress against Unilever’s USLP commitments and targets to improve Health and Well-being.
Highest nutritional standards
Our commitment: We will continually work to improve the taste and nutritional quality of all our products. The majority of our products meet or are better than, benchmarks based on national nutritional recommendations. Our commitment goes further: by 2020, we will double the proportion of our portfolio that meets our Highest Nutritional Standards (HNS), based on globally recognised dietary guidelines. This will help hundreds of millions of people to achieve a healthier diet.
In 2018, globally 48% of our portfolio met the highest nutrition standards. In India, 46% of our total food and refreshment portfolio met the highest nutrition standards.
Reduce salt levels
Our commitment: Our first milestone was to reduce salt levels to 6g per day by the end of 2010. This required reductions of up to 25%. In 2010, we stated that our ambition was to reduce salt by a further 15-20% on average to meet the target of not more than 5g salt per day. In 2013, we clarified our commitment. By 2020, 75% of our Foods portfolio will meet salt levels to enable intakes of 5g per day.
In 2018, globally 66% of our Foods portfolio (by volume) and in India 52% of the Foods portfolio (by volume) was compliant to 5g salt per day target.
Remove trans fat
Our commitment: By 2012, we will have removed from all our products any trans fats originating from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil
In 2018, both globally as well as in India, 100% of our portfolio was virtually free from trans fats originating from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil1. We undertake regular reviews of our products to ensure we continue to be compliant.
We have published our definition and approach to removing trans fats from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. See: Melnikov S & Zevenbergen H. "Implementation of removing trans fatty acids originating from partially hydrogenated vegetable oils". New Food 2012; 5: 44-46. This approach focuses on the main ingredients in our recipes and does not include traces of trans fats from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil that may be found in some flavours or emulsifiers.
Our commitment: Prior to 2010 we had already reduced sugar levels in our ready-to-drink teas. By 2020, we will remove an additional 25% sugar in ready-to-drink teas. In 2014, we extended this target to include our powdered ice tea and milk tea products.1
Our performance: By 2018, Globally, we have reduced sugar by 20% and in India we have reduced sugar by 6% in powdered ice tea and milk tea premix portfolio (against a 2010 baseline).
1Our sugar reduction target applies to all ready-to-drink teas, powdered ice tea and milk tea products, liquid concentrates, retail and foodservice and any new formats that are sweetened for the total time period of 2010 to 2020.
Reduce calories – children’s ice cream
Our commitment: By 2014, 100% of our children’s ice creams will contain 110 kilocalories or fewer per portion. 60% will meet this level by 2012.
Our performance: Globally, 100% of our children’s ice creams, and in India, 100% of our children’s frozen desserts & edible ice portfolio contained 110 kilocalories or fewer per portion by 2014. In 2018, we continued to remain at 100% compliance.
Reduce calories – packaged ice cream
Our commitment: By 2015, 80% of our packaged ice cream products will not exceed 250 kilocalories per portion.
Our performance: In 2015, 91% of our packaged ice cream by volume contained 250 kilocalories or fewer per portion*. At the Global level 92% met the target in 2018, whereas in India, the compliance is at 96%.
*A portion is defined as: a pre-packed single-serve ice cream product meant to be consumed in one go, or 100 ml when sold in packaging aimed at multi-consumption moments such as tubs.
Provide healthy eating information
Our commitment: Our aim is to provide clear, simple labelling on our products to help people make choices for a nutritionally-balanced diet. We are committed to including energy per portion on the front of pack and eight key nutrients on the back-of-pack. We are also committed to declaring the percentage of Guideline Daily Amounts (GDA) for five nutrients on the back of pack. Our targets respect local or regional industry agreements as well as the law in each market.
Our performance: In 2018, Globally 94% of our portfolio carried the full nutritional information on pack and in India, 100% of our Food and Refreshment portfolio had full nutritional labelling on pack in compliance with local legislation.