Is the company fully transparent in addressing all CSR responsibilities Do they

Is the company fully transparent in addressing all

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Is the company fully transparent in addressing all CSR responsibilities? Do they work with external NGO and stakeholders? Over the past 10 years, Unilever has made incredible strides in incorporating sustainability initiatives into the core of their business. They have mainly been focusing on addressing social and environmental issues. Currently, they are focusing on three main goals, which are improving health and well-being for more than 1 billion, reducing environmental impact by half, and enhancing livelihoods for millions. Over the past few years, they have made great efforts in integrating transparency in order to keep stakeholders informed and to keep the organization accountable for all CSR activities. Unilever is not fully transparent in addressing all CSR responsibilities. However, the organization does come pretty close to being 100% transparent compared to some other organizations. Unlike the company Toms, their buy one give one CSR activity is not transparent because it is not really helping the people. Many consumers believe it is such a great idea that shoes are donated; however, needing shoes is not the main
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6 issue of need for most of the communities. In reality, it is just lining the pockets of head executives at the organization. After looking at the site, Unilever never actually claims to be “fully” or “100%” transparent. For instance, they say “ Our aim is to provide a transparent account of progress against the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan through engaging, insightful and evidence-based reporting (Unilever, 2000).” Reporting is a big part of CSR activities. The key word is “aim” because they have the intention to be fully transparent. Also, it means they are working towards achieving full transparency. Their annual sustainability living reports, their adherence to Global Reporting Initiatives, and materiality assessment help with their task of transparency. Secondly, there are levels to transparency, which are full transparency and partial transparency. For instance, the organization may be more transparent about certain CSR activities with partners as opposed to customers. Their level of transparency and engagement may be different for each type of stakeholder. This is another reason why Unilever is not fully transparent in regarding all CSR activities. Unilever is headed in the right direction of achieving full transparency in CSR activities. Yes, Unilever does work with external NGOs and stakeholders. “Stakeholder engagement is essential to grow our business and to reach the ambitious targets set out in the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (Unilever, 2020).” Stakeholders play a critical role in making the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan possible for Unilever. They have a wide range of stakeholders, which include NGOs, investors, customers, consumers, suppliers, governments and regulators, and other businesses through trade associations (Unilever, 2020). Unilever wants to ensure that they are being transparent and responsible in stakeholder engagement. They do this by abiding by the Code of Business Principles and Code Policies (Unilever, 2020). Also, they make third
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