Long-term supplier partnerships key to Unilever sustainable growth strategy

Over 100 key supplier companies engaged with Unilever senior executives to discuss support of the company’s sustainable growth ambitions.

Englewood Cliffs, NJ (April 10, 2013) – Unilever launched its first North American Partner to Win event in New York City yesterday. Over 100 key supplier companies attended and engaged with Unilever senior executives to discuss how to support the company’s sustainable growth ambitions through long-term partnerships.


Though formed in 1929, Unilever products have been sold in the U.S. and Canada for over 100 years. Strategic partnerships with suppliers are instrumental to further grow the business sustainably for another 100 years.

Kees Kruythoff, President, Unilever North America said, “We’ve taken steps to transform our U.S. and Canadian businesses with the clarity of strategy and purpose needed to more than double our growth rate and win in the marketplace. We are fully aligned with the company’s global vision, and have the support and investment in North America because it’s recognized as a strategic market for Unilever’s growth and development.

Through this event, and continued engagement and focus on the Partner to Win program, we further align our strategic suppliers to the long-term growth of our business and commit to growing our businesses in a mutually beneficial and sustainable way.”

Marc Engel, Chief Procurement Officer, Unilever said, “For us to deliver consistent, competitive, profitable and equally importantly responsible growth, it is vital that we work in closer partnership with our strategic suppliers to ensure faster innovations and sustainable investment throughout our value chain. We have a clear growth agenda and North America is a critical market for us.”

Ben De Schryver, Vice President Sales, Barry Callebaut USA LLC welcomed the opportunity to engage in discussions about Unilever’s global and North America-specific strategy at the Partner to Win event. He said, “Clearly, Unilever North America has a focused strategy and the support of its senior leadership to meet its growth goal. We look forward to closely partnering with Unilever to achieve mutual growth for our companies.”

Partner to win awards

To celebrate and recognize suppliers who have made a significant contribution in the categories of Innovation, Sustainability, Business Integration and Capacity and Capability Development, and an Outstanding Contribution, Unilever hosted the ‘Partner to Win Awards’.

Marika Lindstrom, Vice President Procurement Operations North America and Latin America, Unilever commented, “This event presented us with a fantastic opportunity to recognize some outstanding examples of true excellence in our suppliers, who are leaders in their fields.”

The winners are:

Winning through Innovation:

  • National Label Company
  • Firmenich Fragrances
  • Breakthrough Fuel

Winning through Sustainability:

  • The Plastek Group
  • Sonoco
  • Schenker

Winning through Business Integration:

  • IFF Flavors
  • Kerry Ingredients and Flavors
  • Chep

Winning through Capacity and Capability Development:

  • Georgia Pacific Packaging LLC
  • Huhtamaki North America
  • Landstar

Outstanding Contribution:

CCL Industries Inc.

About Partner to Win

In 2011, Unilever launched a specific program, called ‘Partner to Win’, to work more closely with its key suppliers. ’Partner to Win’ has enabled the company to create more long-term partnerships in co-creating new capabilities. The event in New York is part of a series in Unilever Global’s Partner to Win program. Previous events were held in London, Istanbul, Durban, Mumbai and Jakarta. In June, the 2013 global annual summit will be in Singapore.

Thuy-An Wilkins - Unilever Media Relations



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