Unilever is a British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Its products include food and beverages (about 40 percent of its revenue), cleaning agents and personal care products. It is the world's largest consumer goods company measured by 2012 revenue. It is Europe’s seventh most valuable company. Unilever is one of the oldest multinational companies; its products are available in around 190 countries.
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Marmite has sparked criticism for launching a “spread love not hate” jar with a percentage of proceeds going to Stonewall. The Unilever-owned brand is donating up to £5,000 to the organisation. [...] The Anglo-Dutch conglomerate will give 25p to the homosexual lobby group with every £5.49 purchase of its limited edition “Rainbow jar”. Users are encouraged to personalise the jar to “spread the LGBTQ+ love”.
In 2017, Dove – which is also owned by Unilever – included a man in its “Real mom” advert. The cosmetics brand claimed that the advert “shatters stereotypes about motherhood”. And in March last year , a Unilever advert promoting same-sex marriage was cleared for broadcast, despite being aired in Australia when marriage was solely for heterosexual couples.
Quote from their website: "Becoming a truly diverse and inclusive company is not only the right thing to do, it is crucial to helping us grow our business, attract and retain talent, and engage the people who buy our products."
Quote from their website: "As a responsible business we are driving equality of opportunity and inclusion, not only within our organisation, but across society. Starting with progressive policies and practices in our workplace, we are building on this foundation by collaborating with other businesses and organisations to create opportunities for women across our extended supply chain, in our sales and customer development operations, and via products and brands for our 2.5 billion consumers worldwide - 70% of whom are women."
Quote from their website: "Within our business, our diversity and inclusion strategy is driven at the very highest level through our Global Diversity Board, which is chaired by our CEO, Paul Polman, and championed by Aline Santos, Unilever’s SVP Marketing and Global Head of Diversity. The board provides the overarching vision, governance and target setting for diversity and inclusion across the global business."
Quote from their website: "To further encourage an inclusive working environment, we recognise a number of UN international days to raise awareness and show support for ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, the LGBT+ community and women. We are proud to have joined the London Pride Parade in the last few years."
Quote from their website: "In 2017, we published our Gender Pay Gap report for Unilever in the UK in line with government legislation, which requires all companies with 250 employees or more to publish a range of gender pay statistics. As well as outlining our results for the total UK workforce, it sets out our diversity and inclusion plans for the future."
Quote from their website: "Through our household brands we are helping to break down unhelpful gender stereotypes. In June 2016, we launched a ground-breaking campaign to challenge gender stereotyping in advertising called #Unstereotype, and we are working with our marketing and creative agencies to create more progressive and positive portrayals of women in our advertising and communications. Brands including Dove and Lynx are leading our global campaign."
The multinational corporation earned top marks by the Human Rights Campaign, one of the nation’s most influential gay rights groups, in what it calls its 2016 Corporate Equality Index for LGBT Workplace Equality. However, Unilever North Africa Middle East has production facilities in countries such as Tunisia and Algeria. A 2015 report by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association indicates that those countries make homosexual activity illegal. Unilever did not respond to The Daily Signal’s request for comment.
A mercury thermometer factory operated by the Indian subsidiary of Unilever in the South Indian hilltown of Kodaikanal was shut down by state regulators in 2001 after the company was caught for dumping toxic mercury wastes in a densely populated part of town. By the company’s own admissions, more than 2 tonnes of mercury have been discharged into Kodaikanal’s environment. A 2011 Government of India study on workers’ health concluded that many workers suffered from illnesses caused by workplace exposure to mercury. The scandal opened up a series of issues in India such as corporate liability, corporate accountability and corporate negligence.
In July 2016, rumours about salmonella contamination in cereals spread among Israeli consumers. Initially, Unilever did not provide public information about the subject and queries on the matter were initially rebuffed by the company as a non-story and nonsense. On the night of 26 July 2016, Unilever had stopped transferring cornflakes to retailer chains. On 28 July, Yediot Ahronot reported tens of thousands of boxes of breakfast cereal had been destroyed. By 28 July, despite the company's assurances that nothing contaminated was released for consumption, many customers stopped buying Unilever products and started to throw away all cornflakes made by Unilever. The company withheld the information about what were the affected production dates.
On 31 August, Unilever stated that the Tehina products produced by RJM had been contaminated by salmonella. [Original source in Hebrew; https://news.walla.co.il/item/2992992]
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