ABOUT UNILEVER. About Unilever. Creating a better future every day. Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast-moving consumer goods. We aim to provide people the world over with products that are good for them and good for others. Our vision.
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163,000 employeesat the end of the year
20 nationalitiesamong our top tier managers
€89 millioninvested in community programmes worldwide
More than 170 countries in which our products are sold
264manufacturing sites worldwide
€891 millioninvested in R&D worldwide
€12 billion turnover
-1.9% underlying sales
growth30.3% of group turnover
€13 billion turnover
4.2% underlying sales
growth32.3% of group turnover
€15 billion turnover
7.7% underlying sales
growth37.4% of group turnover
2009 turnover €39.8 billion
Sales growth 3.5%
Volume growth 2.3%
* Restructuring, disposals and one-off items
** Continuing operations
* Continuing operations
Other developed 3%
Other developed 4%
% 2004 Sales
% 2009 Sales
North America 16%
North America 23%
Western Europe 30%
Western Europe 38%
Unilever’s portfolio of categories
Leading category positions
Savoury, Dressings & Spreads
Ice Cream & Beverages
Top 25 brands = almost 75% of Unilever’s sales*.
* As at end 2009
Clear, distinct, complementary roles.
Deliver global platforms
Execute on the ground
Preliminary data pending audit.
Unilever is a world leader in research and development (R&D).
Competitive advantage through an integrated R&D programme.
Focused efforts that swiftly bring bigger innovations to market.
Knorr Stock Pot
revolutionises bouillon with a format that provides a more authentic bouillon.
Small & Mighty
is the industry’s first super-concentrated liquid detergent, using one-third of the packaging, one-third of the water and one-third of the transport of dilute liquids.
Dove Body Wash
Uses proprietary NutriumMoisture technology, earning its scientifically-proven claim to provide ‘effective natural nourishment’.
Helping society through our products and programmes.
Eleven yearsas sector leader of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes.
Our goal is to double the size of the business whilst at the same time reducing our environmental footprint. This encompasses the whole value chain – from the sourcing of raw materials through to consumer use and disposal of our products.
* Measured by tonne per production. Preliminary data pending audit.
Our principal global partnerships are with:
UN World Food Programme: to feed hungry children and improve their nutrition
FDI World Dental Federation: to improve oral health
Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with soap: to promote good hygiene practice
World Heart Federation: to promote heart health
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition: to co-create new approaches in food fortification to address malnutrition
UN Global Compact: to align business operations and strategies in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption
Working in partnership is crucial in developing and delivering some of our major sustainability commitments.
Margarine Unie (Netherlands)
Lever Brothers (UK)
President Western Europe
Pier Luigi Sigismondi
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Chief R&D Officer
President Asia, Africa and Central & Eastern Europe
Chief HR Officer
Chief Financial OfficerA global management team
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
President Global Foods, Home & Personal Care
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
The Rt Hon The Lord Brittan of Spennithorne QC, DL
Jeroen van der Veer