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View news and features about Unilever's operations and activities around the world - including updates on how we are working towards our Sustainable Living Plan targets.

Families drive global movement for greener living

22/07/2014 – Project Sunlight has created a movement for positive change over the past nine months, with people around the world contributing to more than 100 million Acts of Sunlight – actions which contribute towards a better future for all.

Save the Children: how we help in a crisis

16/07/14 - Save the Children Humanitarian Director Gareth Owen, OBE, explains how the Unilever Foundation partner acts to help children in crisis zones.

Unilever marketers share knowledge with startups

02/07/2014 - More than 200 Unilever marketers from around the world are sharing their expertise and experience through a mentorship programme with innovative technology startups.

Unilever supports major technology competition

18/06/2014 - Unilever is one of the supporting partners in a major new UK competition seeking cutting-edge innovations in Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

Unilever’s Project Sunlight rolls out the yellow carpet

10/03/14 - Unilever’s Project Sunlight rolled out the yellow carpet at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards in the US on Saturday 1 March to shine the spotlight on people in the film industry who are helping to create a brighter future.

Unilever deploys Brandtone’s mobile marketing platform

03/03/14 - Unilever has become the first company to activate Brandtone’s automated mobile marketing platform and engage directly with mobile phone users in the world’s fastest growing markets.

Unilever signs up to Global Forest Watch

21/02/2014 - Unilever has joined with a group of more than 40 partners to launch a dynamic online monitoring and alert system to help protect forests worldwide.

Unilever ready to play key role in water crisis

20/02/14 - Unilever is ready to play its part in helping to create a world where everyone has access to clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.

Paul Polman wins top award for advocacy work

13/02/2014 - Paul Polman has won the Commitment to Development Ideas in Action award for his work to reduce tropical deforestation and his contribution to shaping the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals.

Unilever joins the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a Global Partner

24/01/2014 - Unilever has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a Global Partner to pilot and test circular economy practices within the FMCG industry.

Changing the climate for growth and development

23/01/14 - CEO Paul Polman joined senior world leaders to discuss how governments and businesses can work together to take action on climate change and poverty in a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2013

5 December 2013: Today we say farewell to one of the world’s most inspirational figures – Nelson Mandela, who has died at the age of 95.

On the ground with the World Food Programme

04/12/2013 - In 2012, the Unilever Foundation chose six employees to become Global Foundation Ambassadors and gain first-hand experience of the programmes run by its partners. Customer key accounts manager Aditya Kankaria travelled from Mumbai to Ecuador to see how a World Food Programme project is transforming lives.

How fresh business thinking is inspiring young minds

03/12/2013 - Unilever has teamed up with NGO Net Impact to host three pilot gatherings, bringing together young people in the US, South Africa and India to inspire them to make business sustainable – and give them practical tools to do so.

Australia meets Unilever standards on sustainable dairy sourcing - general

29-11-2013 - Australia has become the first country to ensure its entire dairy sector is compliant with Unilever’s Sustainable Agriculture Code.

Unilever supports relief work in the Philippines

15/11/13 – The Unilever Foundation is working with its global partners to provide emergency relief and help with longer-term rehabilitation.

Unilever named one of the world’s top three employers

18/10/13 – Unilever is the third most sought-after employer in the world, according to a new study from social networking site LinkedIn.

Unilever backs Peace Day

20/09/13 - As one of the founding partners of the Peace One Day Corporate Coalition, Unilever is supporting this year’s Peace Day on 21 September.

Unilever Archives app explores Unilever’s early heritage

19/09/13 - Unilever Archives has launched Unilever’s first corporate history app, Port Sunlight: Walking with William Lever, as part of the year-long celebrations marking the 125 years since William Lever began building his factory at Port Sunlight.

New recipe book puts healthier spin on old favourites

19/09/13 - As part of its presence at the International Congress of Nutrition (ICN) – which runs from 15 to 20 September 2013 – Unilever is launching a recipe book to highlight that healthy food can also be tasty and to show the company’s leadership in stimulating consumers to change to healthier eating behaviours.

Unilever named world’s fifth-best company for leadership

18/09/2013 – Unilever has been ranked fifth in the annual Best Companies for Leadership study, conducted by global HR consultancy Hay Group.

From Port Sunlight to Mombasa

09/09/13 - Lifebuoy is partnering Population Services International to promote hygiene in Kenyan schools. Unilever Foundation Ambassador Chris Mallaband went to see their work.

Unilever Foundation Ambassadors visit China with Save the Children

31/07/13 - In 2012, the Unilever Foundation (‘the Foundation’) launched the Unilever Foundation Challenge, a companywide initiative designed to build employees’ awareness of and engagement with the Foundation and its global partners.

Unilever: most awarded advertiser in Cannes 2013

09/07/2013 - Unilever scooped 44 awards at the 60th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (16-22 June 2013), the world's biggest annual awards event for professionals in the creative communications industry.

Green Express drives sustainable logistics in Europe

08/07/2013: Unilever has launched a dedicated train line in Italy to deliver ice creams from its Caivano factory to its Parma logistics hub in a more sustainable way.

Unilever gets young people switched on to sustainability

25/06/2013 - Unilever has joined forces with Net Impact to run a series of collaborative events with young adults around the world to encourage the next generation of sustainable business leaders.

Unilever CEO to help develop ‘Plan B’

13/06/2013 - Paul Polman today was announced as a member of The B Team, a group of global business leaders who will help drive a shift away from unsustainable business practices and develop a ‘Plan B’ that puts people and planet alongside profit.

Share a Smile, Help a Child

06/06/2013 - Wall’s is launching a campaign which aims to help give more children around the world the chance of a happy childhood while reminding consumers of their own fondest memories.

Unilever launches in Myanmar

05/05/2013 - Unilever is re-entering the Myanmar market with the launch of full business operations including a new manufacturing facility and new headquarters in Yangon.

Unilever’s commitment to East Asian social and economic development

On 6 June, Unilever COO Harish Manwani took part in the main public session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) East Asia summit being held in Myanmar (Burma).

Improving quality of life

14/05/13 - Jade Aladewolu, Field Sales Manager from Unilever Nigeria, is one of the six global ambassadors chosen by the Unilever Foundation to bring to life its mission worldwide.

Syria’s growing crisis: support the Unilever Foundation’s emergency response

14/05/13: It's been over two years since violence broke out in Syria, and the civil war continues to devastate millions of lives. The daily struggle for survival grows ever more desperate and humanitarian needs across the country are at a critical level.

Waterworks pilot gives 75,000 access to clean water

22/03/2013 - Since its launch, Unilever’s Waterworks pilot programme has provided 75,000 people across 50 villages and 25 urban slums in India access to safe, clean drinking water.

Unilever celebrates healthy smiles

18/03/2013 - Unilever, through its Signal toothpaste brand, is sponsoring World Oral Health Day 2013 as part of its ongoing commitment to improve the oral hygiene habits of millions of people around the world.

Unilever debates global development at Davos

25/01/2013 - Paul Polman discussed the future of the global development agenda with senior business and political figures in a panel debate at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Unilever tops Climate Counts table for 2012

08/12/12 - Unilever is the top-rated company in the annual Climate Counts Scorecard, for the second year running.

World Toilet Day

16/11/2012 - Unilever is breaking the ‘toilet taboo’ with a giant interactive statue of a man squatting in the centre of London to mark World Toilet Day on 19 November.

Employees lend a hand

11/10/12 - Unilever is mobilising its employees during October and November 2012 to take part in a company-wide programme of activities to improve the lives of people around the world.

Unilever sponsors 15th annual Women’s International Networking Conference

11/10/12 - Unilever is putting women at the forefront of its vision for a better, more sustainable future.

Unilever joins Every Woman Every Child

24/09/12 - Unilever has announced ambitious commitments to save millions of lives in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa after signing up to the UN-led initiative Every Woman Every Child.

Unilever helps bring art education to 45,000 children

17/09/12 - More than 45,000 schoolchildren from 47 countries are benefitting from a Unilever-sponsored programme which connects communities through the exchange of art and ideas.

Unilever reaches Facebook milestone

14/08/12 - More than 1 million fans are following our global Unilever Facebook profile.

Unilever joins forces against hunger

12/08/12 - On the day of the closing ceremony of the London Olympics, CEO Paul Polman took part in a high-level meeting urging the world to take decisive action before the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio to transform the life chances of millions of children by improving their nutrition.

Groundbreaking YouTube initiative airs Ramadan shows

26/07/12 - For the first time ever this Ramadan, millions of viewers around the world will be able to watch more than 50 premium Ramadan shows the same day they air on TV through a new dedicated YouTube channel.

Unilever delivers sustainable growth message at Rio

29/06/12 - Unilever engaged with world leaders at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Unilever receives C K Prahalad Award for leadership in sustainability

28/06/12 - Judges honoured Unilever and its CEO Paul Polman for matching a bold vision of long-term capitalism with equally impressive action on sustainability through its Sustainable Living Plan.

Jun 2012

Unilever leads call on food security at G20 Summit

20/06/2012 - CEO Paul Polman is spearheading a group of business leaders from the fast-moving consumer goods industry and international non-governmental organisations, calling for action on food security.

Keith Weed named Marketer of the Year

13/06/12 - Unilever’s Chief Marketing & Communications Officer has been presented with the Marketing Society’s prestigious award.

Pro-democracy leader visits Unilever Thailand

31/05/12 - Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar and Nobel Peace Prize winner, visited Unilever Thailand’s Minburi factory.

Research award launched in China

24/05/12 - Unilever to support students who study more responsible uses of chemicals.

Unilever marks World Water Day with a new Bangladesh programme

26/03/2012 - World Water Day on 22 March marked the start of building work on a Unilever-backed programme to provide safe drinking water for communities in Bangladesh.

Unilever becomes global sponsor of new Fox TV drama

27/02/12 - Unilever is partnering with 20th Century Fox’s new TV drama Touch to be its global sponsor in a first-of-its-kind worldwide collaboration.

Axe launches its fragrance for women

25/01/12 - Axe is launching a new fragrance – Anarchy – which will be marketed in different versions for men and women.

Unilever tops Climate Counts Company Scorecard

08/12/11 - Unilever has topped this year’s Climate Counts Company Scorecard, a global league table which rates businesses on their environmental initiatives.

Unilever launches innovative corporate app for investors

01/12/2011 - Unilever unveiled today a breakthrough corporate app for investors, at its annual Investor Relations seminar, in Turkey. The app, developed by The App Business, is the first of its kind to offer investors live access to split-screen live results videos and presentations, interactive share price charts and a customisable investor dashboard.

Protecting employees with HIV

01/12/2011 - In recognition of world AIDS day on 1 December Unilever reinforces its commitment to the care and protection of employees living with the disease.

Unilever among the 25 Top Companies for Leaders

04/11/2011 - The business magazine interviewed executives from 182 businesses around the world to find out how they inspire colleagues to reach their full potential.

Low-carbon cooking in South Africa

02/11/11 - Unilever brand Rajah has given away thousands of Wonderbag cooking devices, reducing dependency on open-fire stoves.

Leading the way in sustainability

04/09/2011 - Unilever has topped the Food Producers sector in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 13th year running.

Paul Polman adressing the One Young World Summit 2011

Paul Polman speaks at One Young World

01/09/2011 - CEO outlined Unilever’s commitment to building a better world at the One Young World Summit 2011.

Unilever responds to East Africa crisis

30/08/11 - Unilever is working with Disaster and Emergency relief partners to determine the best way to assist in East African relief efforts.

Pureit launches in Mexico & Brazil

23/08/11 - Pureit, Unilever’s in-home water purifier, is now bringing safe, affordable drinking water to homes in Mexico and Brazil.

Magnum nets one million Facebook fans

12/07/11 - Magnum’s Facebook page is dedicated to celebrating pleasure and has won fashionable fans around the world.

Sourcing sustainable tea in China

29/06/11 - Unilever is set to support tea farmers in China’s Yunnan province through sustainable trade and training.

A centenary of science

04/04/11 - Unilever’s Port Sunlight R&D laboratory in the UK has been honoured by the world-renowned Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for its 100-year contribution to science.

Coffee retailing in India

31/03/11 - Building on the success of Bru, India’s leading coffee brand, Hindustan Unilever recently opened its first ever coffee outlet in Mumbai – The Bru World Café.

Helping with healthy choices

22/02/2011 - Unilever in the UK sponsored the Change4Life Swapathon, a scheme helping people switch to healthy food choices.

R&D head ranked in prestigious poll

18/11/2010 - Chief R&D Officer Geneviève Berger features in Fortune magazine’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.

Can consumption become sustainable?

09/11/10 - On Monday 15 November at 9.30am (GMT), Unilever is running a live webcast on this crucial question with a panel of experts.

Global Handwashing Day 2010 embraces social media

14/10/10 - Global Handwashing Day, co-founded by Lifebuoy, is being celebrated for the third time on 14 October.

Unilever’s Pakistan appeal

13/08/2010 - Unilever is providing €1 million in cash donations, food and hygiene products following devastating floods in Pakistan.

CEO speaks out on sustainability at major UN event

25/06/2010 - Paul Polman explains why the world is at a tipping point.

Unilever stresses commitment to UK

11/02/2010 - Unilever remains committed to the UK and has no plans to move.

Fraudulent website - Unilever Foundation

06/11/2009 - We are taking legal action against a fraudulent website purporting to be acting on behalf of Unilever.