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9 August 2012 | Adam Leach
Unilever has signed a joint business development plan with its vendor DHL Supply Chain to deliver efficiencies and work more closely to remove emissions and waste from the supply chain.
As part of the consumer goods manufacturer’s Sustainable Living Plan, the company has vowed to halve its environmental impact while doubling the size of its business, and a key tenet of this strategy is working more closely with its main suppliers.
The two companies signed an agreement yesterday that outlines a range of areas and initiatives they will collaborate on to deliver mutual benefits. These include developing new technology solutions and sharing best practice.
As part of the agreement, DHL will now manage the logistics operations for Unilever in emerging markets, including the big four economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China.
To complement the scale and breadth of the partnership and enable quick implementation of effective solutions, the companies will adopt a ‘design once, deploy everywhere’ strategy. So if a solution delivered for Unilever in China is effective, for example, it will be used for its operations in other regions.
Pier Luigi Sigismondi, chief supply chain officer at Unilever, said: “For Unilever, it is essential that we work closely together with our strategic suppliers in order to reach our ambition to double the size of the company and halve our environmental impact. We cannot do this alone. DHL and Unilever have worked together for many years now and both organisations share the same values, passion and goals.”