The Working Mother 100 Best Companies list celebrates companies that lead in the areas of female career advancement, paid parental leave, childcare assistance, benefits and flextime. Historically, Working Mother did not disclose specific ranks except to name the top 10 as a group. However, the magazine chose to identify the number one company for 2018 to recognize the clear leader within an increasingly competitive landscape.
“After finishing outside the Top 100 in 2014, Unilever set out on a journey to deliver greater support for working parents,” said Amanda Sourry, president of Unilever North America and Global Head of Customer Development. “As a mother myself, I am extremely proud of this accomplishment and the progress we have made while recognizing there’s more still to be done.”
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, state-of-the-art mothers’ rooms and free milk shipments for nursing mothers, and back-up childcare options. Unilever’s agile work environment encourages flexible schedules, remote work, and job shares. Women are well-represented across all levels at Unilever, and the company exceeds the gold standard 50 percent gender balance ratio at the managerial level.
The benefits provided to working parents are part of a larger picture of Unilever’s commitment to health and well-being for employees and consumers alike. The impactful strategy, referred to as the , sets out to decouple the company’s growth from its environmental footprint while increasing positive social impact.
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The 100 Best Companies application includes more than 400 questions on leave policies, workforce representation, benefits, childcare, advancement programs, flexibility policies and more. It surveys the availability and usage of these programs, as well as the accountability of the many managers who oversee them. All applicants receive feedback showing how they compare with other applicants; however, the names of applicants that do not make the list are kept confidential. Company profiles and data come from submitted applications and reflect 2017 data.
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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.