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Who is Unilever?

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods with strong operations in more than 100 countries and sales in 180. With products that are used over two billion times a day around the world, we work to create a better future every day and help people feel good, look good and get more out of life with brands and services that are good for them and good for others. In the United States the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Pond’s, Popsicle, Promise, Q-Tips, Ragu, Skippy, Slim-Fast, Suave, TIGI, Vaseline, and Wish-Bone. All of the preceding brand names are registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Dedicated to serving consumers and the communities where we live, work and play, Unilever employs more than 10,000 people in the United States – generating over $8 billion in sales in 2010.

How can I obtain information about Unilever stock?

Unilever is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbols UN (Unilever N.V.-Netherlands) and UL (Unilever PLC-London). To purchase stock, please visit www.ADR.com(Link opens in a new window).

How can I apply for a job at Unilever?

For information on employment opportunities, please go to Our Company -> Careers

If you have a condition that hinders your ability to apply online or have questions regarding the application process, please choose one of the alternate options:

* Contact us at 1.888.775.0389

* Email your question to: NARecruiting@unilever.com

Can you give me Unilever’s corporate address?

Unilever

800 Sylvan Avenue

Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey 07632

I am a member of the media & would like contact information.

If you are a member of the media wishing to conduct media interviews related to our brands or marketing strategies, you can email us at MediaRelations.USA@unilever.com or call Unilever US Media Relations at 201-894-7760.

What are your political activities and trade-association memberships in the U.S.?

Unilever public affairs activities are governed by our global Code of Business Principles(Link opens in a new window), which establishes that Unilever neither supports political parties nor contributes to the funds of groups whose activities are calculated to promote party interests.  As such, Unilever does not have a political action committee (PAC) and does not make contributions directly or indirectly to political party organizations, political candidates, or Super PACs.

Unilever companies, including our U.S. business, are encouraged to promote and defend their legitimate business interests.  Unilever cooperates with governments and other organizations, both directly and through bodies such as trade associations, in the development of proposed legislation and other regulations which may affect legitimate business interests.  We comply with lobbying disclosure requirements, including the U.S. Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA).  The LDA website(Link opens in a new window) provides a searchable database of lobbying disclosure filings.

Unilever is a member of several U.S. trade associations that engage in lobbying activities on behalf of our industries.  The following list identifies our major U.S. industry trade associations (membership dues of $15,000 or more) that declare lobbying expenses:

  • American Cleaning Institute

  • American Logistics Association

  • Association of National Advertisers
  • Consumer Specialty Products Association

  • Grocery Manufacturers Association

  • International Dairy Foods Associations

  • National Association of Manufacturers

  • Organization for International Investment
  • Personal Care Product Council

  • Sweetener Users Association

  • Tea Association of the USA

Can you give me the history of Unilever?

For information on the History of Unilever, please go to About Us -> Our History.

Can you send me some coupons for your products?

We appreciate your interest in our many fine products; however, we do not have a promotional program where we distribute free coupons or coupon booklets for our well-established products. We suggest that you check your local newspapers and magazines as we frequently issue coupons for many of our products.

I understand that you recently discontinued manufacturing a product I’ve enjoyed using. Can you give me any further information about this?

Unilever’s goal is to provide our consumers with variety of products to meet their needs and preferences. As you know marketing is a complex function, and many business factors are taken into consideration before discontinuing a product. Consumer demand is a major factor. When the level of demand is insufficient to ensure that consumers receive a high quality product at an affordable price, a product may be discontinued. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused and suggest that you visit the Brand’s web site where you’ll find many similar products that you may find equally enjoyable.

What is Unilever’s policy on recycling?

Because we recognize the importance of preserving natural resources, we are engaged in a series of programs designed to address a number of issues concerning the environment.  These issues range from biodegradability to recycling.  Our company actively participates in industry-wide coalitions and trade associations which are working toward solutions to solid waste problems.  We have established a center devoted entirely to the development and testing of new packaging materials and concepts.  Company efforts to reduce solid waste include recycling projects, packages which can be recycled and use of recycled materials.  Our scientists are also conducting studies on a broad range of product formulas and ingredients to ensure their environmental compatibility.

Do you use GMOs?

We recognize that some consumers have questions about food ingredients derived from genetically modified (GM) agricultural crops.

Here in the US, we rely on American farmers to produce most of the agricultural raw materials used to make our products. US farmers widely use GM seeds to produce five major agricultural crops that are commonly used for food ingredients: corn, soy, canola, cottonseed and beet sugar. Therefore if a US food product is not labeled organic or labeled with information on non-GM sourcing -- and contains those five agricultural ingredients -- it is likely to have ingredients derived from GM crops. It is estimated that 70-80% of foods in the US have ingredients made from GM crops.

All of our ingredients meet regulatory requirements and our own high standards for quality. GM crops and derived ingredients have been safely used for the past 20 years and have the potential to improve food crops and bring important benefits to mankind. The regulatory agencies and leading international organizations that study the safety of our food supply have found that these GM crops and food ingredients derived from these crops are as safe as their traditional counterparts.

We recognize some consumers have a preference for foods made through specific production standards, such as organic foods that do not use ingredients derived from GM crops. We offer organic and non-GM sourcing alternatives in some of our categories to meet these preferences. 

For more information on the safety and benefits of GM crops and derived ingredients, please visit www.factsaboutgmos.org(Link opens in a new window).

What is Unilever’s policy on animal testing?

Animal testing is a contentious issue, and there are strong and diverse opinions on the need for animal testing to underpin the development of new consumer products, particularly cosmetics. Unilever is required to provide animal data to comply with the safety regulations in place in different countries across the world. Where we are legally obliged to commission animal studies, we ensure that the minimum numbers of animals are used.

Unilever is committed to the elimination of animal testing for its business, and is at the forefront of research into non-animal approaches for assessing consumer safety. Currently, a very small amount of animal testing is still necessary to deliver innovative products that provide consumer benefits and are market competitive.

At Unilever, using non-animal approaches is the norm. Most of our products reach consumers without testing any of their ingredients on animals. We do not test our actual products on animals (any testing is undertaken on individual ingredients), and we do not undertake animal testing in our own laboratories (any studies are conducted by third party laboratories). A few countries still undertake product testing in their government laboratories. We are working with the local authorities to ensure the implementation of non-animal methods.

For more information, please visit http://www.unilever.com/sustainability(Link opens in a new window)

I have a great idea that I would like to share with your company. How do I go about doing this?

Go to www.unilever.com(Link opens in a new window)  In the search area in the upper right hand corner, type in the words, “submit an idea”. Click on the link under the heading “Working with Us/Unilever Global Follow the steps listed under “Start Collaborating”.