Helping you make healthier choices
We strive towards helping more than a billion people globally to take action and make progress to improve their health and wellbeing by 2020.
We take the health and nutrition of Australians and New Zealanders very seriously. We have adopted comprehensive policies and ambitious targets under the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan and we strive towards helping more than a billion people globally to take action and make progress to improve their health and wellbeing by 2020.
Unilever is also playing our part in tackling the obesity crisis in Australia and New Zealand, including through reformulation, expanding our range to offer healthier choices, clear nutrition labelling and responsible marketing.
Responsible Children’s Marketing Initiative
Unilever is fully committed to responsible marketing and advertising. We play a leading role in establishing and promoting industry-wide voluntary initiatives to advocate responsible marketing to children.
In January 2009 we were a founding signatory of the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) Responsible Children’s Marketing Initiative (RCMI) developed in collaboration with the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA). This code ensures that any advertisement targeted at children meets strict nutrition guidelines and must feature an educational message about balanced diet and physical activity.
In New Zealand, we strictly adhere to the Children and Young People’s Advertising Code. We take our responsibilities under these codes seriously.
NZ Government’s Healthy Kids Pledge
In New Zealand, we have committed to the New Zealand Government’s Healthy Kids Industry Pledge alongside a number of industry leaders including Coca-Cola, Fonterra and Nestle. The pledge acknowledges that we understand the serious impact of obesity on the health and well-being of the children of New Zealand. We also pledge to identify and contribute solutions that will aim to help reduce rates of obesity for all children.
The pledge aligns with our other commitments including abiding by the Advertising Standards Authority Children and Young People’s Advertising Code, as well as by Unilever’s Global Principles of responsible marketing.
Health Star Rating
Education and transparency are important when it comes to supporting Australians and New Zealanders to make informed choices around what they eat and drink. We believe clear, simple product labelling on our products can help support consumers, and we continue to engage with external organisations working towards a front-of-pack labelling system.
The Health Star Rating is a recognised labelling system we use on-pack to help people make informed food choices and achieve a nutritionally appropriate intake. We’re currently rolling out the voluntary Health Star Rating system on our products in Australia & New Zealand to help consumers choose products that meet their dietary needs and it is currently available on over 90 Unilever products.
By 2020 we’ve committed to doubling the proportion of our food and beverage portfolio (70 per cent) to meet the highest nutritional standards based on globally recognised dietary guidelines. In Australia and New Zealand, every single one of our product categories has already made significant progress in the reduction of salt, sugar and saturated fat and although the majority of our portfolio already meet benchmarks based on national nutritional recommendations, we want to continue driving nutritional excellence for our consumers.
Since 2010, we’ve reduced sugar across our Lipton Ice Tea range by 26%. Our black and green Lipton Ice Teas, made using the natural sweetener Stevia, contain around half the sugar of a regular soft-drink and our Light Ice Teas contain no sugar. Increasingly, these lower sugar and sugar free variants are driving our growth. All our Lipton Ice Teas are also free of artificial colours and flavours.
We are also making changes in other areas:
- Since 2012, 100% of our portfolio by volume no longer contained trans fats originating from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.
- In 2014 we fulfilled our commitment to ensure that all our children’s ice cream brands were 110 calories or less per serving. We have extended our promise to our broader ice cream portfolio and, from 2015, 80 per cent of our packaged ice cream products did not exceed 250 kilocalories per portion.
- We’ve achieved 90 per cent of our commitment to our soft vegetable oil spreads portfolio containing no more than 33% fat as saturated fat and at least 67% as good unsaturated fat.
- Paddle Pop is committed to offering parents treat options for kids that are more nutritionally sound than many alternatives. All of our kids ice-creams contain 110 calories or less and our core range of Chocolate, Banana and Rainbow Paddle Pops are also a source of calcium.
We work hard to reformulate our products to reduce levels of sugar and calories in ready to drink tea beverages and ice creams. Since 2010, we’ve reduced sugar across our Lipton Ice Tea range by 26%. Our black and green Lipton Ice Teas, made using the natural sweetener Stevia, contain around half the sugar of a regular soft-drink and our Light Ice Teas contain no sugar at all. Increasingly, these lower sugar and sugar free variants are driving our growth.
We also recently launched new low calorie option Lipton Infused Water varieties which are lightly infused with fruit, tea and herb extracts for a subtle and refreshing taste, with no added sugar or artificial sweeteners.
All our Lipton Ice Teas are also free of artificial colours and flavours.
We know that people want and expect great tasting food, that is also good for their health and the planet. We’re focused on enabling people to eat healthier diets, creating sustainable food systems that benefit the livelihoods of food producers and the environment and reducing waste across our product portfolio.