Unilever named as an industry leader in DJSI

London/Rotterdam - Unilever has been named as a leader of the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Industry Group in the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) results. It is one of only 24 companies to be named as Industry Group Leaders.

Unilever achieved an overall score of 92 out of a possible 100, an increase from 90 in 2014.

Unilever led, or jointly led, the industry in eight of the 23 Food Products criteria, including: Innovation Management; Strategy for Emerging Markets; Climate Strategy; Packaging; and Talent Attraction & Retention.

Jeff Seabright, Chief Sustainability Officer at Unilever, said, “It is an honor to be awarded industry group leadership. My thanks goes to everyone who was involved in our submission. The results reflect the progress we are making in delivering the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, driving long-term sustainable business growth and towards achieving our vision of making sustainable living commonplace.”

The DJSI is a globally recognized independent benchmark that measures proven company performance across material economic, environmental and social criteria. Unilever has been a member of the DJSI World Index since it began in 1999.

The DJSI Industry Group Leader Report, compiled by RobecoSAM who collaborate with the S&P Dow Jones Indices to announce the results of the annual DJSI review, states: “Unilever continues to demonstrate its leadership position in the global food and personal care space. Strong innovation and a focus on elements of product stewardship such as packaging and raw material sourcing are embedded in the company’s strategy. Transparent communication on supply chain issues and indicators ensures awareness of local sourcing, development and human rights issues among its customers and other stakeholders.”

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For more information on the DJSI annual review 2015 results, including the S&P Dow Jones Indices/RobecoSAM press release and the Industry Group Leader Report, please visit: www.sustainability-indices.com

About Unilever:

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. It has 172,000 employees and generated sales of €48.4 billion in 2014. Over half (57%) of the company’s footprint is in developing and emerging markets. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Persil, Dove, Knorr, Domestos, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Wall’s, PG Tips, Ben & Jerry’s, Marmite, Magnum and Lynx.

Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) commits to:

  • Decoupling growth from environmental impact.
  • Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being.
  • Enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020.

Unilever was ranked number one in its sector in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In the FTSE4Good Index, it achieved the highest environmental score of 5. It led the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the 2015 GlobeScan/SustainAbility annual survey for the fifth year running, and in 2015 was ranked the most sustainable food and beverage company in Oxfam’s Behind the Brands Scorecard.

Unilever has been named in LinkedIn’s Top 3 most sought-after employers across all sectors. For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com. For more information on the USLP: www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/

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