My hat goes off to Paul Polman, a Unilever executive, because he is making sustainability a mission at the company.  We probably all have a few of their products in our refrigerators or cabinets:  Hellmann’s mayonnaise, Lipton tea leaves, or Maille mustard – a new favorite of my family. The article in the New York Times, “Unilever Finds That Shrinking Its Footprint is a Giant Task”, downplays what a huge impact this man and company are having on sustainability.  The article points out that there are many definitions of sustainability and many different ways people can feel good about what they are doing to be greener to the planet.  Jeff Malcolm, director of World Wildlife Fund, is quoted in the article.  He really put things in perspective, “It’s better to think about sustainability as a journey rather than a destination”.  That is just what Mr. Polman is doing.  The majority of the article is about soybean farming in Iowa and how Mr. Polman has created a program for farmers to participate in reducing the amount of fuel and water being used to grow the soybeans.  The article also points out where Unilever needs to make improvements in other parts of their business; from human rights issues to failing to clean up contaminated factories.  Unilever has lowered their emissions from factories, and has reduced the amount of waste sent to landfills.  Sustainability is a journey for us all.  Every positive effort (whether small or large) can help.  It is all good in the end.