Unilever China Won “International Carbon-Value Innovative Value Award”

2011-06-20 15:31 2169

SHANGHAI, June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The winners of the “International Carbon-Value Awards” were announced at the 4th World Economic and Environmental Conference (WEC) on June 18th in Qingdao. Unilever China topped the list of nearly one hundred candidates with unique effective practices in low carbon innovative area, and eventually won the “International Carbon-Value Innovative Value Award”.

Monica Oliphan, Honorary President of the International Solar Energy Society, awards to Unilever Greater China

The 4th WEC was sponsored by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and International Energy Conservation Environmental Protection Association (IEEPA). The selection event for the “International Carbon-Value Awards” is the first to be organized by WEC and recognizes the best leaders and practitioners who contribute to social transition in low-carbon development and conform to its own evaluation standards as well as those of experts and the public. The evaluation criteria are based upon “Best Practice for Low-Carbon Value Transition”. The “International Carbon-Value Innovative Value Award” is set for the enterprises who have made unique and rewarding research and exploration on “policy innovation, management innovation, technological innovation, market innovation” in the low carbon field, which will have continuous innovation value and demonstration significance in the whole industry chain, and can form a set of repeatable innovation models. (More information is available at

 Unilever launched Unilever Sustainability Living Plan last year with the aim to double the size of business while reducing environmental impact throughout the whole value chain. Unilever China will play a significant role in helping to deliver the global Unilever Sustainable Living Plan targets and have launched an effective action plan with innovative organizational structure to drive and execute sustainability activities, examples from biomass burner first installation in factories, creative hair bundle pack promotion to deliver both cost saving and sustainability, etc. All of these initiatives make Unilever among the best practitioners of low-carbon innovative action and create a repeatable model.

“Unilever is much honored to be granted this award in recognition of our sustainability strategy of ‘Small Actions Big Difference’ that we have been advocating around the world, including in China. We wish to take this opportunity to demonstrate the substantial achievements of Unilever in the low carbon innovative area, and make the most of this platform to learn from and communicate with other outstanding sustainable enterprises. We will work to add more value for a better planet through ways of independent innovation, cooperative innovation and open innovation.” said Zeng Xi-Wen, Vice President of Unilever China.

Unilever’s sustainability practices have been widely recognized by different social sectors: Unilever global has been named sustainability leader in the Food & Beverage 'super-sector' of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for twelve consecutive years; Unilever China was awarded “China Green Gold” by SOHU in 2010 and won the award for Eco China Cooperation in 2011 respectively. Unilever dedicates itself to becoming the outstanding pioneer of sustainable companies in China, and prides itself upon the winning of this “International Carbon-Value Innovative Value Award”.

About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s biggest consumer product companies. With 400 brands spanning 11 categories of home, personal care and foods products in over 180 countries, no other company touches so many people's lives in so many different ways. On any given day, two billion people use Unilever products to look good, feel good and get more out of life.

The breadth of Unilever’s involvement in China has added up to over US$1 billion in investment, the introduction of over 100 advanced technologies and creation of over 20,000 job opportunities, direct hiring more than 5,000 local employees. Unilever’s brand portfolio, including OMO, Zhonghua, Lux, Pond’s, Clear, Hazeline, Lipton, Knorr and Wall’s, is much loved and trusted by Chinese consumers. Now, Unilever has set up in Shanghai its Greater China headquarters and Unilever China R&D Center, one of its six global research centers.

Source: Unilever China