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Who is Unilever?

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home Care, Personal Care and Refreshment products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2.5 billion consumers a day. 

In the United States and Canada, the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Becel, Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Caress, Country Crock, Degree, Dollar Shave Club, Dove, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Klondike, Knorr, Lipton, Magnum, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle, Q-tips, Seventh Generation, Simple, St. Ives, Suave, Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, TIGI, TRESemmé and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.

Unilever employs more than 9,000 people across North America – generating more than $10 billion in sales in 2016.

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan commits to:

  • Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being by 2020.
  • Halving the environmental impact of our products by 2030.
  • Enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020.
  • Unilever ranked number one in its sector on the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

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.

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: NARecruitment@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 (PDF | 5MB), 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 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 $10,000 or more) that declare lobbying expenses:

  • American Cleaning Institute
  • American Logistics Association
  • Association of National Advertisers
  • Grocery Manufacturers Association
  • International Dairy Foods Associations
  • 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.

In the U.S. Unilever is a founding member of the Closed Loop Fund, a social impact fund investing $100 million to increase the recycling of products and packaging. 

Unilever is also committed to ensuring that all of its plastic packaging is fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. To help transform global plastic packaging material flows, Unilever has committed to:

  • Ensure all of its plastic packaging is designed to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025
  • Renew its membership of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for another three years and endorse and support their New Plastics Economy initiative. As part of this, it will publish the full “palette” of plastics materials used in its packaging by 2020 to help create a plastics protocol for the industry
  • Invest in proving, and then sharing with the industry, a technical solution to recycle multi-layered sachets, particularly for coastal areas which are most at risk of plastics leaking into the ocean

Unilever has already committed to reduce the weight of the packaging it uses this decade by one third by 2020, and increase its use of recycled plastic content in its packaging to at least 25% by 2025 against a 2015 baseline, both as part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. In 2015, it achieved its commitment of sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill across its manufacturing operations.

Do you use GMOs?

We recognize that some consumers have questions about food ingredients produced 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 sugar beet. 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 made from GM crops. It is estimated that 70-80% of foods in the US have ingredients produced from GM crops.

All of our ingredients meet regulatory requirements and fulfill our own high standards for quality. GM crops and food ingredients produced from these crops have been safely used for the past 20 years and could play an important role in helping meet the long-term food needs of the world in a more sustainable way. The regulatory agencies and leading scientific bodies that study the safety of our food supply have found that these GM crops and food ingredients made from these crops are as safe as their conventional counterparts.

We recognize some consumers have a preference for foods made through specific production standards, such as foods that do not use ingredients produced from GM crops. We offer 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 ingredients produced from these crops, please visit www.learnaboutmyfood.com/ingredients/gmo.html.

What is Unilever’s policy on animal testing?

We use a wide range of non-animal approaches to assess the safety of our products for consumers. We do not test our products on animals and are committed to ending animal testing. Our leading-edge research has one clear purpose: to continue to develop new non-animal approaches that can guarantee that our products are safe, without any need for animal testing.

Occasionally, when there are no suitable non-animal approaches available, some of the ingredients we use have to be tested; and some governments test our products on animals as part of their regulatory requirements. We are actively working with these governments, other scientists and NGOs, to put in place alternative methods.

Over the past 30 years we have invested millions of Euros in research into non-animal approaches for assessing consumer safety. We have a team of internationally recognized scientific leaders in alternatives to animal testing in Unilever, who collaborate with the best research teams across the world on this important topic, so that new non-animal methods that start as ideas in our research laboratories are accepted by regulatory authorities and become standards for the industry.

For more information, please visit: https://www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/what-matters-to-you/developing-alternative-approaches-to-animal-testing.html

What is your animal-welfare policy for egg products?

Eggs are an ingredient used in many of our best-known food products, ranging from mayonnaises to dressings, sauces and ice cream. We take animal welfare seriously as a social and ethical concern and part of our commitment to sustainable agriculture, and we have a longstanding position on Farm Animal Welfare.

Unilever does not have egg production operations, but as a user of egg ingredients, we require the egg producers that supply us meet all regulatory requirements and industry best practices for animal welfare as a minimum. In addition, we work with our suppliers to participate in initiatives to define good animal welfare practices and improvement programs.

As part of our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, we aim to move to 100% cage-free eggs for all our products by 2020, and we’re making good progress. We announced in January 2017 that all of Hellmann’s mayonnaise and mayonnaise dressings now use 100% cage-free eggs in the U.S., which are certified by the American Humane Association or the Association for Controlled Alternative Animal Husbandry.

All of Ben & Jerry’s eggs in the United States come from hens on Certified Humane cage-free farms. As of mid-2017, we use 94% cage free eggs for all of our products in North America (U.S. and Canada). And we’ve received external recognition for our progress, including from the Humane Society of the United States.

We are also working toward improvements in the current standard practices of poultry-breeding companies that supply egg-laying hens to the egg farming industry. We are aware of the concerns raised about the global egg-industry standards by which breeders of egg-laying hens eliminate male chicks, following methods that are included in American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines and European Union directives. While these are standard practices of suppliers to the broad egg-farming industry and all types of egg products, and although Unilever uses only a relatively small percentage of eggs produced in the market, we take these concerns seriously.

In our corporate position statement on Farm Animal Welfare we have included our commitment to engage with the egg production industry, the animal welfare community and R&D companies to develop alternative options for the current practices.  We are committed to providing support to the market introduction of in-ovo gender identification (sexing) of eggs, a new technology that has the potential to eliminate the hatching and culling of male chicks in the poultry-breeding industry.

We were pleased with the announcement in June 2016 by the United Egg Producers, the organization representing 95% of all the nation’s egg-laying hens, stating it aims to eliminate the culling of male chicks by 2020 through the introduction of in-ovo sexing of eggs. We are also exploring ways to further meet consumer needs for products with different nutrition profiles and preferences for plant-based protein sources through the use of egg-replacement ingredients in some product categories.

Do you comply with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act?

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 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”.

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