Building better lives
for a sustainable future
The Unilever Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life through the provision of hygiene, sanitation, access to clean drinking water and basic nutrition and by enhancing self-esteem.
The Unilever Foundation is a key action we are taking to help meet our ambitious goal of helping more than 1 billion people improve their health and well-being and, in turn, create a sustainable future – a core commitment of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.
The Foundation is partnering with five leading global organisations – Oxfam, Population Services International (PSI), Save the Children, UNICEF and the World Food Programme. By working together, we are able to expand the delivery of life-saving solutions and contribute to systemic and scalable social change.
These five global partners also serve as our primary beneficiaries in times of disaster and emergency relief so that we are able to provide critical resources expeditiously when there is the greatest need and on longer-term projects to help rebuild communities.
Today we are facing significant complex challenges to our quality of life and that of future generations:
- Nearly 800 million people do not have access to safe drinking water. Globally, an estimated 2,000 children under the age of five die every day from diarrhoeal diseases and of these some 1,800 deaths are linked to water, sanitation and hygiene.
- One child dies every four seconds from preventable and treatable causes because of a lack of basic healthcare.
- An estimated 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation.
- 842 million people in the world do not have enough to eat.
The Unilever Foundation is taking a targeted approach to its social investments by focusing our support on these critical issues in order to create the type of change that is needed to improve the quality of people’s lives.
While we decided to concentrate our resources on five global partnerships, we recognise that individual countries also have social investment needs based on their unique circumstances. Therefore, the Unilever Foundation is supporting other partners in over 50 countries through direct funding, expertise, products and employee support to help address country-specific needs primarily aligned with the Foundation’s mission.