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Unilever is building a system for suppliers to declare the carbon footprint of their goods and services to ensure they meet company standards, according to a press release.
The supplier accountability effort is part of a new push to advance the Unilever’s supply chain sustainability, which includes the goal of reaching net-zero emissions from products by 2039 and ridding its supply chain of deforestation by 2023. In order to meet these goals, it will prioritize suppliers with science-based emissions reduction targets of their own, the company said.
“Our collective responsibility in tackling the climate crisis is to drive an absolute reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, not simply focus on offsetting — and we have the scale and determination to make it happen,” Unilever Chief Supply Chain Officer Marc Engel said in a statement.