Unilever’s calories loaded ice creams brands add to the global obesity crisis
Obesity is one of the world’s biggest health problems and is responsible for 4.7 Mn premature deaths each year1. 13% of the adults across the globe are obese1. In the US, obesity affects every 1 in 6 children & is linked to over 50 chronic diseases2. Ice creams are one of the top 10 highly fattening foods that contribute to the global obesity issue3.
Unilever’s total energy use in 2020 was 7.04M MWh, which represents 0.016% of industrial consumption
In 2019, the world consumed 173.34 billion (Bn) MWh of energy1. In the same year, nearly 84% of the total energy consumption came from fossil fuels2. The burning of non-renewable fuels (fossil fuels) heats the planet, contributing to weather pattern fluctuations, affecting biodiversity and ecosystems3. Fossil fuel burning emits harmful gases, which lead to nearly 8.7 million (Mn) deaths globally in 20187. That same year, the industrial sector accounts for 37% (43.6Bn MWh) of global energy consumption4.
Unilever products are manufactured with more than 100 health threatening ingredients
According to the EPA, there are over 40,000 chemicals in consumer products and less than 1% have been studied for safety1. Many personal-use products have harmful substances, including carcinogens2. This is a major concern since personal care products are applied directly and therefore are absorbed or inhaled easily2.
Dove helps boost confidence of over 40 million women through its Self-Esteem Project
During the present era of heavy media (TV, magazines, internet, social media) consumption, body image issue, leading to low self-esteem, is an emerging concern among the youth1. Globally, over 54% of girls aged 10-17 years lack high body esteem2. On the other hand, over 69% of women suffer from appearance anxiety caused by the media-set standards of unrealistic beauty3.
Unilever sources cocoa from Ivory Coast and Ghana from suppliers who employ child labor
According to the International Labor Organization estimates, 40 million people suffer from modern slavery globally1. Out of this, 25 million are the forced labor victims1. Worldwide, 152 million children between the age of 5 and 17 are child laborers, out of which 70.9% work in the agriculture field, 17.1% in the service sector, and 11.9% in industries1.