ARE YOU WORKING TOWARDS SALT REDUCTION TARGETS?
Yes. Health and wellbeing has always been a key focus for Unilever. Improving the nutritional profile of our products is a critical part of our vision to make a positive social impact through our business, whilst reducing our environmental impact. We have comprehensive policies and ambitious targets under the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) and are committed to help more than 1 billion people take action to improve their health and wellbeing by 2020.
For more information on our USLP, nutrition targets and progress to date please visit: https://www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/
The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan and our Salt Reduction Strategy
Unilever has been on a sodium reduction journey since the late 1990’s. In 2009 we launched our sodium reduction strategy which was further intensified through the development of our highest nutrition standards and now forms part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan targets for improving health and wellbeing (2010-2020).
As part of our Sustainable Nutrition Strategy which supports our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP), we have committed to reducing salt levels in our foods portfolio so that by 2020 75% of our Foods portfolio will meet salt levels to enable intakes of 5g per day. This is aligned with the salt recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO).
In 2016, 68% of the Australian and New Zealand foods portfolio met the Unilever global 2020 target for salt.
Voluntary reformulation commitments in Australia and New Zealand
In 2009, as part of the Federal Government’s Food and Health Dialogue reformulation targets, we voluntarily committed to sodium reduction targets for our soup and simmer sauce range.
In 2017, we committed to the Heart Foundation New Zealand’s voluntary targets for sodium (5 Year timeframe) which have been set for specific categories including soup (set in August 2017 at 280mg/100mg) and powdered meal sauce (set in December 2017 at 5000mg/100g as sold).
STATEMENT ON WORK ON SALT REDUCTION (March 2018)
We continue to make sodium reductions across our entire foods portfolio, whilst maintaining excellent tasting products, to meet the target of 5 grams of salt per day, aligned with the recommendations of World Health Organization (WHO) by 2020.
Our global position statement on sodium reduction can be viewed here.
WORK ON FUTURE SALT REDUCTION
- By 2020, 75% of our global Foods portfolio will meet benchmarks for 5g salt /day in line with WHO recommendations.
- We will continually work to improve the taste and nutritional quality of our foods portfolio.