Unilever in Europe to Deliver Improved Sustainability Outcomes
CHEP, the world's leading provider
of pallet and container pooling solutions, is pleased to announce that Unilever
has extended its contract for the use of pallet pooling services throughout Europe,
supporting both companies' sustainability goals.
Under the new contract, Unilever has increased its use of CHEP's service throughout
Europe by approximately 70%, thereby replacing less efficient white-wood exchange
pallets with CHEP's managed pooling system. The contract extension covers Unilever
operations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Scandinavia
and Romania, complementing existing CHEP services to Unilever throughout the rest
of Europe. The business expansion was implemented in March 2013.
CHEP President for European Pallets operations, James McCarthy, said: "We have
developed a close strategic relationship with Unilever for many years. Our new agreement
enables us to build on the existing business, while applying cost and carbon reduction
programmes. It reinforces our ability to deliver on such a large scale in response
to the needs of one of our largest and most valued customers. It's an excellent
example of two global organisations working closely in partnership to mutual effect."
Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of food, home and personal care
products with sales in more than 190 countries. Its portfolio includes well-known
brands such as Knorr, Persil, Omo, Dove, Sunsilk, Hellmann's, Lipton, Rexona, Sure,
Wall's, Lux, Rama, Ponds and Axe. 14 of which now generate an annual turnover of
€1 billion or more.
Lucrecia Bolognesi, Unilever Procurement Director Logistics said, "Having built
a partnership with CHEP over many years, we have been benefiting from their pooling
model for some considerable time. Converting these extra flows to CHEP is going
to simplify our ongoing pallet management processes, improve our supply chain efficiency
and reduce our total cost of ownership.
"In addition, CHEP's sustainability efforts will contribute to Unilever's ambition
to double the size of its business by 2020 while reducing its overall environmental
footprint and increasing its positive social impact throughout the entire Supply
A recent independent life-cycle assessment study confirmed CHEP's pallet system
in Europe has the lightest impact on the environment compared with alternative pallet
systems, namely white-wood returnable pallets and white-wood disposable pallets.
The study was performed by Brussels-based Intertek-RDC Environment, a leading environmental
consultancy, in accordance with ISO 14044 methodology.
According to this assessment, Unilever's conversion of additional white-wood
exchange pallets under the new contract with CHEP will generate annual savings of
approximately 4,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, - the equivalent of
the emissions from the electricity use of 750 homes for one year
 - as well as preventing 400 metric tons of wood from being sent to landfill.
Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care
products with sales in over 190 countries. Our products are present in 7 out of
10 homes globally and are used by over 2 billion people on a daily basis. We work
with 173,000 colleagues around the world and generated annual sales of over €50
billion in 2012. Over half of our company's footprint is in the faster growing developing
and emerging markets (55% in 2012). Working to create a better future every day,
we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Our portfolio includes
some of the world's best known brands such as Knorr, Persil / Omo, Dove, Sunsilk,
Hellmann's, Lipton, Rexona / Sure, Wall's, Lux, Rama, Ponds and Axe, 14 of which
now generate a turnover of €1 billion or more. For more information about Unilever
and its brands, please visit www.Unilever.com.
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