Unilever donates $500,000 to U.N. World Food Programme
Unilever today announced a $500,000 monetary donation to the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, JANUARY 14, 2010 - Unilever today announced a $500,000 monetary donation to the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, through its global partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
In addition to its monetary donation, Unilever is encouraging its employees worldwide to contribute to disaster relief efforts and is preparing product donations to help meet the needs of those affected by the earthquake.
“In the aftermath of this disaster, we hope that the global outreach and support to Haiti will provide relief quickly for those who have been so deeply impacted,” said Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever. “Our partnership with WFP builds on a long tradition of Unilever as a responsible company, firmly rooted in local communities all around the world.”
“Make no mistake, every contribution will save lives. Unilever’s quick action will make a true difference to the Haitian people,” said Josette Sheeran, Executive Director, World Food Programme.
Unilever is deeply connected to the affected area, with employees, a corporate office and two factories in neighboring Dominican Republic – all employees have been accounted for and are safe.
Unilever continues to make global humanitarian efforts a top priority and has demonstrated its commitment in the past by assisting in major relief efforts, such as those following the tsunami in Indonesia (2004) and Hurricane Katrina in the U.S (2005).
Unilever’s mission is to add vitality to life. We meet everyday needs for nutrition, hygiene and personal care with brands that help people feel good, look good and get more out of life.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods with strong local roots in more than 100 countries across the globe. Its portfolio includes some of the world’s best known and most loved brands including thirteen €1 billion brands and global leadership in many categories in which the company operates. The portfolio features brand icons such as: Knorr, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Dove, Axe/Lynx, Vaseline, Omo, Surf , Marmite and Pot Noodle.
Unilever has around 174,000 employees in approaching 100 countries and generated annual sales of €40 billion in 2008. For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com
# # #
Unilever US, Inc
800 Sylvan Avenue
+1 201 894 7760