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UnileverProviding Women in Rural Communities with Sustainable Livelihoods
Unilever, a consumer goods corporation, runs a partnership in rural areas of Sri Lanka, which aims to empower women in their communities by raising their standards of living and those of their families. The Saubhagya project provides women with sustainable sources of income through selling Unilever brands in their own villages, while also creating a new sales channel for Unilever’s products. Unilever says that the project also aims to implement Principle 6 of the UN Global Compact. In 2019, the programme reached its 16th consecutive year, celebrating growth of brand ambassadors, from 5 in 2003 to 3,500 in 2019, as well as thousands of women and girls whose living standards have been significantly improved through this programme.