Unilever partners with Dubai Chamber to bring experts under one roof to mobilize collective action towards a brighter future

Unilever partners with Dubai Chamber to bring experts under one roof to mobilize collective action towards a brighter future

High-powered event supports the UAE Vision 2021 and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


Dubai, September 25th, 2016 - Unilever, in collaboration with the Dubai Chamber's Sustainability Network, has hosted a multi-sectoral collaboration event to galvanise support for United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the goals espoused by the UAE Vision 2021. The event was held on Sunday at the Dubai Chamber premises in Deira.


The multi-sectoral event, held under the “#CollectiveAction Towards a Brighter Future Initiative” umbrella, saw broad participation from private sector organisations, academia, NGOs and public sector bodies including the Dubai Chamber, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai SME and the Ministry of Health & Prevention (MoH). It explored collaboration to achieve goals common to three overlapping strategic roadmaps – the UAE Vision 2021, the UN SDGs, and the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.


“Effective CSR and sustainability efforts can deliver immediate-term benefits while also becoming a highly effective management tool and strategic advantage for Dubai businesses. We value public-private sector collaborations in voluntarily choosing best practices for sustainability that deliver results for businesses and enhance value for all of society,” said H.E. Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman, Dubai Chamber.


In particular, the #CollectiveAction meeting identified three areas common to the UAE Vision 2021, UN SDGs and Unilever Sustainable Development Plan - addressing climate change by taming energy consumption and emphasising renewable energy use; zero waste to landfill strategies focusing on non-hazardous waste; the creation of entrepreneurship and employment opportunities; and addressing Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), especially obesity.


"The #CollectiveAction initiative is an excellent way of mobilising multi-sectorial support that can turn challenges into opportunities. The UAE Vision 2021 calls for action on climate change, economic growth and health, as do the UN SDGs. Unilever also has a global track record of addressing sustainable growth through its own Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. We want to create collaborative frameworks towards common goals by gathering key decision-makers under one roof," says Sanjiv Kakkar, Executive Vice President for Unilever MENA, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.


The UN SDGs are designed to eliminate extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030 if accepted and acted upon voluntarily by global citizens and governments. They span the gamut of positive social change by asking for an end to extreme poverty, addressing hunger and malnutrition, advocating for gender equality, calling for quality education to reduce inequality, emphasising the need for clean water and sanitation, stopping child labour, implementing clean technologies, combating natural disaster deaths, protecting marine biodiversity, conserving forest areas, highlighting the need for responsible consumption, and reducing homicides and violent crimes.


Meanwhile, the UAE Vision 2021 identifies 6 key areas for concerted action – a sustainable environment and infrastructure, world-class healthcare a cohesive society and preserved identity; safe public and fair judiciary; competitive knowledge economy and first-rate education system.


The UAE Vision 2021 priority areas can be found at https://www.vision2021.ae/en/national-priority-areas. Meanwhile, the full list of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is available at http://www.globalgoals.org/outcomes/. Details on the Unilever MENA’s Sustainable Living Plan are available here: https://www.unileverme.com/sustainable-living/







Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. It has more than 172,000 employees and generated sales of €48.4 billion in 2014. Over half of the company’s footprint is in developing and emerging markets (57% in 2014). With more than 400 brands found in homes across the world, its portfolio includes Omo, Dove, Knorr, Domestos, Lifebuoy, Lipton, Sunsilk, Signal, Magnum and Axe.

Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) aims to double the size of the business whilst reducing environmental footprint and increasing positive social impact. Its three goals are:

-        Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being

-        Decoupling their growth from their environmental impact

-        And enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020

Unilever was ranked number one in its sector in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In the FTSE4Good Index Series, it attained a top environmental score of 5. It led the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan/SustainAbility annual survey for the fourth year running, and in 2015 was ranked the most sustainable food and beverage company in Oxfam’s Behind the Brands Scorecard.

Unilever has been named in LinkedIn’s Top 3 most sought-after employers across all sectors. For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com. For more information on the USLP: www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/    



Established in 1965, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a non-profit public entity, whose mission is to represent, support and protect the interests of the business community in Dubai by creating a favorable business environment, supporting the development of business, and by promoting Dubai as an international business hub.




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