Unilever PH adopts regenerative agriculture principles in transforming global food supply chains

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Unilever developed Regenerative Agriculture Principles which helps farmers throughout its supply chain regenerate their land and ensure its long-term viability and resilience, while growing ingredients for its products that are in harmony with nature.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Unilever Philippines is taking a bold step in the production of its consumer goods used by millions of Filipinos every day.

To continue feeding more than 10 billion people in the world by 2050 while ending hunger and tackling unhealthy diets, Unilever adopted new regenerative agriculture principles that will improve production and transform global food supply chains.

"We can help to redesign the global food system to one that provides affordable, quality nutrition, with plenty of plant-based choices, cutting waste, and promoting sustainable agriculture," shared Ed Sunico, Unilever's VP for Communication SEA and Head of Sustainable Business and Communication of Unilever PH.

The primary aim of the multinational consumer goods company's regenerative agriculture principles is to regenerate our nature by focusing on preserving soil health, water, and air quality, carbon capture, and biodiversity in making its products.

Unilever PH adopts the following principles of regenerative agriculture:

 Have positive impacts from agricultural practices on soil health, water and air quality, carbon capture, and biodiversity

 Enable local communities to protect and improve their environment and wellbeing

 Produce crops with sufficient yield and nutritional quality to meet existing and future needs, while keeping resource inputs as low as possible.

 Optimize the use of renewable resources while minimizing the use of non-renewable resources

The company is working with a wide variety of stakeholders on targeted programs to implement regenerative farming practices while protecting, conserving, and restoring natural ecosystems.

Unilever PH maintains that farmers can have a fair return for their labor while protecting our nature and meeting food security.

Before the adoption of regenerative agriculture principles, Unilever PH has already made strides in sustainable agriculture through their brands.

Many of the crops relevant to Unilever's savoury, dressings, and ice cream categories in the Philippines are sourced locally and sustainably. These include tamarind, gherkins, taro, mango, coconut, among others. 

Farms producing Sampalok, a key ingredient in Knorr's portfolio, have fully integrated the company's Sustainable Agriculture Code in its operations. To date, the partnership benefits over 800 smallholder sampalok farmers and their families.

Unilever PH is also part of Pilipinas Kontra Gutom, a multi-sectoral movement seeking to address and eradicate involuntary hunger in the Philippines.

With the adoption of these new regenerative agriculture principles, Unilever PH advocates for food and other consumer goods production that are not harmful to the environment and the people.