Unilever Named One of the “Best Companies for Dads” by Working Mother
Unilever USA named as a leader in creating a supportive environment for fathers with paid leave for new parents, flexible schedules, and agile work arrangements.
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. (November 13, 2018)— Working Mother revealed its first-ever list of “Best Companies for Dads” today, celebrating organizations that lead in the areas of paternity leave, phase-back programs, telecommuting opportunities, flexible schedules, and more. Unilever was one of the 35 companies recognized on this year’s list.
“We are so proud to make the list of Best Companies for Dads,” said Amanda Sourry, president of Unilever North America. “For a long time, discussions around benefits for working parents have centered around mothers, but fathers deserve the same support so that they can find balance between excelling in their careers and being present and involved parents. We know that when dads have the ability to be there for their families, everyone benefits. There is more work to be done in this area, and we will continue to step up to support both mothers and fathers at Unilever.”
Unilever’s family support for its United States employees includes: generous and inclusive paid parental leave for both mothers and fathers, fertility support, adoption assistance, phase-back programs for new parents, and back-up childcare options. Unilever’s agile work environment encourages flexible schedules, remote work, and job shares. The Company also offers a parent-centric employee resource group for networking and support for all parents at work.
Meredith Bodgas, editor-in-chief of Working Mother, said, “These trend-setting companies are helping erase the stigma attached to men taking off time to bond with their new babies and utilizing telecommuting opportunities or flexible schedules in order to be more involved on the home front. Not only does this help dads, it helps moms succeed both at home and at work, and puts them on more equal footing.”
Support for dads is a focus area for Unilever, and its Dove Men+Care brand has been leading the charge. This past Father’s Day, the brand launched a global campaign - #DearFutureDads – that champions paternity leave. The campaign sets out to challenge restrictive stereotypes and improve policies through corporate collaboration, partnership, and a council of leaders in the industry.
The benefits provided to working parents are part of a larger picture of Unilever’s commitment to health and wellbeing for employees and consumers alike. The impactful strategy, referred to as the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, sets out to decouple the company’s growth from its environmental footprint while increasing positive social impact.
About Unilever United States, Inc.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Beauty & Personal Care, Home Care, and Foods & Refreshment products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2.5 billion consumers a day. In the United States, the portfolio includes brand icons such as Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Caress, Degree, Dollar Shave Club, Dove, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Love Beauty and Planet, Magnum, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle, Pure Leaf, Q-tips, Schmidt’s Naturals, Seventh Generation, Simple, Sir Kensington’s, St. Ives, Suave, Sundial Brands, Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, TAZO, TIGI, TONI&GUY, TRESemmé and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.
Unilever employs approximately 8,000 people in the United States – generating more than $9 billion in sales in 2017.
Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan underpins the company’s strategy and 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.
The USLP creates value by driving growth and trust, eliminating costs and reducing risks. Globally, the company’s sustainable living brands are growing 50% faster than the rest of the business and delivered more than 60% of the company’s growth in 2016.
For more information on Unilever U.S., its brands visit and the USLP visit: www.unileverusa.com