Unilever, FrieslandCampina to further develop relationship30 October 2012
Unilever and Royal FrieslandCampina have announced a a new agreement to collaboratively grow their business relationship. Both have pledged to work together on development and innovation as well as promoting sustainable production, packaging and logistics.
This Joint Business Development Plan (JBDP) is part of Unilever’s ‘Partner to Win’ programme to work more closely with its key suppliers. The JBDP sets out Unilever’s strategic business plans and provides a clear framework of how Royal FrieslandCampina and Unilever will work together to deliver them over the long term.
These include, for example, supporting the delivery of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan commitments, which involve reducing carbon emissions, cost and waste. The two companies will also improve logistics operations by using innovative processes and sharing best practices globally.
Royal FrieslandCampina is Unilever’s preferred partner for ingredients used in the business-to-business markets such as butter, butter oil, cream in aerosol cans, as well as ingredients for ice cream, soups and sauces and other foods.
“The partnership is a prime example of how Unilever plans to work with suppliers to help improve environmental performance right across the supply chain and co-create innovations,” said Hans Dröge, senior vice president of R&D operations at Unilever.
“The partnership fits well with our sustainability programme, one of the foundations of our route2020 strategy,” said Frank van Ooijen, director of sustainability affairs at FrieslandCampina. “Unilever and FrieslandCampina are each seeking growth in Asian and African markets. For both organisations, it’s imperative that expansion is achieved in a sustainable manner. Our member dairy farmers are therefore involved in various projects to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Joining forces will help both Unilever and FrieslandCampina to fulfil their ambitions and to achieve their sustainability goals.”
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