Unilever is Anglo-Dutch multinational consumer goods company that is co-headquartered in London, England and Rotterdam, Netherlands, and was founded in 1930 by William Lever, James Lever, and Samuel van den Bergh.

Unilever is a multinational consumer goods company co-headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands and London, England with over 400 brands serving approximately 2.5 billion people everyday. The company was founded by William Lever, James Lever, and Samuel van den Bergh on September 2, 1929 the Margarine Unie company and the Lever Borthers signed a partnership agreement to form Unilever. The company was officially established as Unilever on January 1, 1930. In 1950, Unilever launched the Unilever Food & Health Research Institute to focus on increasing the nutritional quality and safety of their products.

In December 2018, Unilever's CEO, Paul Polman, quit the company. He was CEO of Unilever for 10 years. It was announced in December that Alan Jope will begin as CEO in January 2019.


September 15, 2019

Unilever announces that its factories, offices, R&D facilities, data centres, warehouses and distribution centres across five continents are now powered by 100% renewable grid electricity.

April 22, 2019

Unilever announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire OLLY Nutrition, a U.S.-based business in the vitamins, minerals, and supplements (VMS) category.

April 12, 2019

Unilever announces it has signed an agreement to acquire the Fluocaril and Parogencyl oral care brands from P&G

December 19, 2018

Unilever acquires The Vegetarian Butcher.


Unilever purchased Dollar Shave Club for $1bn.



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Unilever: When British Soap Meets Dutch Margarine

November 24, 2017

Unilever's history - A helpful history

January 25, 2011




Tiffany Hsu and Mike Isaac
June 30, 2020
The social network has tried striking a more conciliatory tone with its advertisers, who object to its handling of hate speech.
The Associated Press
June 26, 2020
Shares of both Facebook and Twitter were down more than 7 per cent in mid-day trading Friday after Unilever said it would pull its advertising from the social media companies for the rest of the year.
Lora Jones
June 25, 2020
BBC News
The Black Lives Matter movement has spurred companies to reassess their products and marketing.
Reuters Editorial
June 11, 2020
The Dutch government will lose millions in tax revenue due to Unilever's decision to move its tax base to Britain, news agency ANP reported on Thursday.
BBC News
June 11, 2020
BBC News
It comes after the Anglo-Dutch giant dropped a plan to make its base the Netherlands in 2018.
Reuters Editorial
June 11, 2020
Unilever's decision to base the company solely in Britain and not in the Netherlands represented a vote of confidence in the country, said British business minister Alok Sharma.
Reuters Editorial
June 11, 2020
The Dutch government on Thursday said it regretted Unilever's choice to base the company solely in Britain and not in the Netherlands.
June 1, 2020
Back in March when the Covid-19 crisis first took hold in the United States, Unilever moved quickly to create United for America: an initiative designed to support communities in need during the pandemic. Launched as part of our global commitment to contribute €100 million to protect lives and livelihoods, United for America is a long-term venture with a first phase to provide product donations and to unite our employees, suppliers and partners in a national Day of Service. As part of th...
Paul Polman
May 13, 2020
Harvard Business Review
A rising number of companies are meeting the pandemic with humanity.
Viveat Susan Pinto
April 29, 2020
In an investor call, Dirk Van de Put, Mondelezs global chairman and CEO said the firm went absolutely blank in the first phase of the lockdown, which began on March 25
Financial Times
April 23, 2020
Financial Post
As large numbers of people work from home, they are washing their hair less often, putting off shaving and even abandoning deodorant.Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
Pradeep Shah
April 20, 2020
The Financial Express
With over 25 years of experience, Rudratej Singh held a number of leadership positions in both, automotive and non-automotive industries.
April 13, 2020
Unilever has joined forces with businesses from the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors in a consortium which has received formal orders from the government to make in excess of 10,000 ventilators for use in UK hospitals. The purpose of the consortium is to support the production of additional medical ventilators needed to treat Covid-19 patients in the UK. We're lending our engineering expertise to the Ventilator Challenge UK consortium - a collective which includes Unilever par...
April 1, 2020
HUL announced the merger of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Ltd with HUL on 3rd December 2018, in line with the company's strategy to evolve the Foods and Refreshment portfolio into higher growth segments, subject to obtaining necessary approvals. All approvals have now been secured. As previously indicated, following completion of the transaction, Unilever's holding in HUL will be diluted from 67.2% to 61.9%. Unilever has also completed the related acquisition of Horlicks brands ri...
Nicola Twilley
April 1, 2020
Mechanical cooling revolutionized the global food supply--and accelerated global warming. Peter Dearman's liquid air engine could change all that.
By Ryan Morrison For Mailonline
March 30, 2020
Mail Online
A study by international relief agency Tearfund is the first to quantify the amount of plastic waste burnt in Brazil, Nigeria, Mexico, India, China and The Philippines.
March 16, 2020
Our CEO Alan Jope announced a new set of measures to help protect our people from coronavirus (Covid-19). We have received several requests from many of our stakeholders to share our updated approach with them, and so are publishing his email to all our employees. I wanted to update you on a new set of actions we will be taking to protect ourselves against coronavirus (Covid-19). The situation has now been confirmed as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. It is clear that the g...
March 9, 2020
Here's a compelling reason to have gender parity in the workplace. According to a report by the McKinsey Global Institute, $12 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025 if public, private and social sectors act to close gender gaps in work and society. We can all do our bit to create change and it doesn't require a revolution. Small everyday actions can make an impact - here are seven of them. 1. Mind your language Words ending in '-man' are the most commonly used gendered-nouns in...
February 25, 2020
T2, Unilever's premium tea brand, has achieved B Corp accreditation, recognising its commitment to sustainability and its progressive approach towards creating an inclusive culture. Short for Benefit Corporation, B Corp certification is awarded only to businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. T2 now joins a worldwide B Corp community and becomes the eighth Unile...
February 7, 2020
Unilever's first toothbrush made from 100% recycled plastic has just launched in France, and it'll be reaching further countries soon. The new Signal Ecolo Clean toothbrush is made from 100% food-grade post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic, while its smart design features a comfortable, ergonomic hollow handle with 40% less plastic than an ordinary toothbrush - saving 10 tonnes of plastic in its first year. And at the end of its life, the toothbrush needn't contribute to landfill or distu...


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