Our key policies, climate data and details of our material issues can be found in our Sustainability Reporting Centre.
Our roadmap to net zero
Our Climate Transition Action Plan sets out the steps we’ll take to achieve our emissions reduction and net zero goals.
Our first ambition is to eliminate operational Scope 1 and 2 emissions from our factories, offices and research labs. While this is a relatively small part of our total footprint, we have direct control over these emissions so we’re aiming for zero.
Our brands are innovating to redesign lower carbon products and packaging. This includes more concentrated or compacted formulas and packaging and new lower emission ingredients. We’re also working to make sustainable choices easy for consumers, for instance with plant-based foods or fossil-fuel-free cleaning products. Additionally, our brands are investing €1 billion in our Climate & Nature Fund across this decade in projects that address climate change and protect nature, for example, through forest protection and regeneration.
We’re working to reduce emissions from the lifecycle of our products – from upstream in the raw materials and packaging we use, to downstream in the distribution, use and disposal of our products. We can’t deliver our Climate Transition Action Plan without our suppliers so we’re partnering closely with them and encouraging them and other partners to reduce their emissions and set their own science-based targets.
We’re also advocating for changes that will ultimately reduce the impact of our products when used by consumers as well as accelerating progress in other areas of our value chain.
We fully expect our approach to delivering our commitments to evolve as science progresses and the societal debate on net zero matures. For example, we’re currently considering the recently issued guidance from the Science Based Targets initiative on net zero targets.
Our medium-term emissions reduction target has been recognised as science-based and consistent with the 1.5°C ambition of the Paris Agreement by the Science Based Targets initiative.
Our medium-term full value chain emissions reduction target has been recognised as science-based and consistent with a 2°C temperature increase by the Science Based Targets initiative, before the 1.5°C validation was introduced. We plan to review this goal in the near future.
Our long-term net zero value chain target covers upstream Scope 3 emissions, Scope 1 and 2 emissions, and mandatory downstream Scope 3 emissions (including direct emissions from aerosol propellants and the biodegradation of chemicals in the disposal phase). It excludes indirect consumer use-phase emissions, such as emissions associated with hot water used with our products. This approach is consistent with the Science Based Targets initiative’s approach to net zero targets. Our medium-term value chain emissions reduction target covers indirect consumer use-phase emissions.