Unilever will source all of its paper and board packaging from sustainably managed forests or recycled material by 2020.

The fmcg giant has committed to reducing its environmental impact while doubling the size of the business in its sustainable paper and board packaging sourcing policy.

The supplier initially plans to source 75% of its paper and board packaging from sustainable sources by 2015. Unilever claims this makes it the first global fmcg company to commit to such an initiative within a clearly defined timeframe.

Preference for paper from virgin sources will ­­be given to supplies from the Forest Stewardship Council certification scheme, but Unilever will also accept other national schemes that fall under the international Forest Management Certification standards, provided they comply with policy guidelines. Logos of acceptable schemes will begin to appear on the packaging of Unilever's portfolio as it works towards its target.

"As a leading consumer goods company, we buy considerable quantities of paper and board for packaging to ensure our products are protected safely," said chief procurement officer Marc Engel. "As such it is important that we promote sustainable forestry practices."