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A consumer-goods and food giant aims to integrate sustainability into, well, everything.

Unilever, the food and consumer-goods giant behind Dove soap and Hellmann’s mayo, has placed a big bet that it can best grow by “making sustainable living commonplace.” Attempts to resolve social challenges like food waste and climate change aren’t side projects: They’re integrated into how its businesses are run, whether that means cutting back on water use or reducing plastic in packaging. Unilever’s board rallied behind that vision this year to help stymie an unsolicited takeover bid from Kraft Heinz; some worried that the latter company’s emphasis on cost-cutting would undermine Unilever’s ethos.

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