Sector: 
Other
Date of Pledge: 
02/10/2015

About this pledge

Through the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever are committed to help more than 1 billion people globally take action to improve their health and well-being by 2020. This includes the physical and mental wellbeing of their own people.

Their aims are to reduce the stigma of mental ill health and ensure everyone knows they are never more than a call, a chat or a click away from the support they need, 24/7.

The goals are underpinned by Unilever's global and national leadership teams who have put measurable wellbeing action plans at the heart of how they run their office, laboratory and manufacturing workplace environments.

Unilever's Time to Change pledge is to keep pioneering to provide the best possible employee wellbeing support. Unilever recognise that they are on a journey and there is further still to go.

To do this, Unilever have implemented a comprehensive action plan to raise awareness around mental health and wellbeing in the workplace including:

  • Senior commitment from country leadership team supported by senior leader testimonials.
  • Accountability from two full time team members managing wellbeing agenda cross-function and site as well as implementing local wellbeing champions.
  • UK wide employee MOT includes measures on mood, anxiety and sleep from which employees receive a wellbeing guide.
  • Standalone Mental Health Standard sets out the commitment to creating a healthy, safe and supporting working environment that positively affects mental health.
  • Filmed employee testimonials to promote social contact.
  • Encouraging peer discussion through online social media conversation.
  • Trained local Mental Health First Aiders and aim to build a Mental Health Champion network.
  • Delivered three national internal campaigns to support Blue Monday, Mental Health Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day.
  • Wellbeing and U (online hub) features signposts to key expert organisations for more information as well as training and publishing awareness events.  This is supported by a dedicated line manager portal with information on how to support their team members’ wellbeing.
  • Support tools include mindfulness, personal resilience, EAP, holistic wellbeing workshops, team pressure management.

Unilever was named winner of the Bupa Wellbeing Award 2015 at the annual Responsible Business awards, run by Business in the Community, specifically recognising their Mental Health Wellbeing programme.