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22/07/2014
Unilever launches 'Internet of Things' partner search
London/Rotterdam - Five briefs on the theme of ‘Internet of Things’ launch today via The Unilever Foundry, the company’s single entry-point platform for innovative start-ups seeking to partner with the company.
10/07/2014
Unilever sells Slim-Fast to Kainos Capital
London & Rotterdam – Unilever today announced that it has sold its Slim-Fast brand to Kainos Capital. Unilever will retain a minority stake in the business.
09/07/2014
Unilever targets tech startup talent with ad:tech London partnership
London/Rotterdam - Innovative marketing and media tech startups will pitch to a panel of leading brand, agency and Venture Capital decision makers for the chance to be crowned The Next Big Thing at ad:tech London after Unilever agreed to partner the initiative and the trade show’s Future Media & Technology Summit.
01/07/2014
Unilever unveils global mentoring programme for startups
London/Rotterdam - Over 200 Unilever marketers from around the world are now offering to share their expertise and experience with innovative technology startups. The Unilever Foundry launched in May with marketers from around the world joining the platform to start mentoring entrepreneurs in their local cities.
30/06/2014
Unilever completes sale of Ragu and Bertolli pasta sauce brands
London & Rotterdam – Unilever today announced that it has completed the sale of its North America pasta sauces business under the Ragu and Bertolli brands to Mizkan Group.
23/06/2014
Another roaring year for Unilever at Cannes Lions
London/Rotterdam - Unilever received more awards than any other advertiser at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, making it the most awarded advertiser for the second year running. Unilever was also named Most Effective Marketer as awarded by the Effie Index, a title Unilever has now won for three consecutive years.
23/06/2014
Seeking young entrepreneurs with sustainable ideas to change the world
London/Rotterdam - Building on the success of the 2013 Awards, Unilever is once again inviting young people to come up with practical and innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest sustainability challenges and enter them in the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards.
05/06/2014
Lifebuoy premieres heart-breaking new film to raise awareness of the importance of handwashing
London/Rotterdam, In a follow up to its award-winning film, Gondappa, Unilever’s health soap, Lifebuoy has released a compelling new film, Tree of Life. The aim is to support Lifebuoy’s Help a Child Reach Five campaign and spread the word about the importance of handwashing with soap. The film is the story of a mother’s love, loss and longing after losing her child to a preventable disease such as diarrhoea.
23/05/2014
Securing a sustainable future for tea
London/Rotterdam - Unilever today announced it is embarking on a tea research and development programme aimed at safeguarding future tea supply using 21st century plant breeding methods that will lead to improved and sustainable tea varieties of tomorrow.
22/05/2014
Unilever launches global platform to engage with start-ups
London/Rotterdam - Unilever announced today the launch of The Unilever Foundry, a platform that will provide a single entry-point for innovative start-ups seeking to partner with Unilever.
22/05/2014
Unilever agrees to sell Ragu and Bertolli pasta sauce brands to Mizkan Group
London & Rotterdam – Unilever today announced that it has signed an agreement for the sale of its North America pasta sauces business under the Ragu and Bertolli brands to Mizkan Group for a total cash consideration of approximately $2.15 billion. The annual turnover for Ragu and Bertolli is more than $600 million.
20/05/2014
Unilever issues call for businesses to step off the sidelines in fight against climate change
London/Rotterdam - Unilever today issued a call for all companies affected by the growing costs of climate change, and in particular the food industry, to step up their commitment to tackling the issue.
19/05/2014
Unilever simplifies PLC share structure
London/Rotterdam - Unilever today announced that it has purchased, for a consideration of £715m, the rights left in family trusts by William Hesketh Lever which are convertible in 2038 into 70,875,000 Unilever PLC ordinary shares.
14/05/2014
Unilever N.V. annual general meeting Rotterdam, 14 May 2014 - all resolutions approved
Rotterdam - Unilever N.V. shareholders today approved all resolutions put to the annual general meeting in Rotterdam. Voting was by poll on each resolution and the results are set out below.
09/05/2014
Dave Lewis sets out Unilever Personal Care ambition
London/Rotterdam - Dave Lewis, Unilever President Personal Care, spoke yesterday at the annual WWD Beauty CEO Summit, the most significant conference for the beauty industry, and set out the strategic direction and growth ambition for his business. Unilever is currently one of the fastest-growing and most profitable multi-category Personal Care business in the world; with a unique footprint: 60% of its business is in emerging markets.
30/04/2014
Unilever formulates first soap bar using sustainable Algal Oils
London/Rotterdam - Unilever and Solazyme, Inc. (NASDAQ: SZYM), a renewable oil and bio-products company, announced today the initial introduction of sustainable Algal Oils for one of Unilever’s biggest soap brands, Lux.
28/04/2014
Unilever expands sustainable living ambition
London/Rotterdam - Unilever has announced a third year of good progress on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, and an intention to expand further its sustainable living ambition to bring about broader change on a global scale.
24/04/2014
Premium tea enters new era with T2
Unilever today opened the doors to T2, a new breed of premium tea outlet in the heart of East London.
24/04/2014
Unilever launches breakthrough packaging technology that uses 15% less plastic
London/Rotterdam - Dove Body Wash bottles will contain at a minimum 15% less plastic as a result of a newly developed packaging technology launched by Unilever today. Unilever intends to widen the availability of this technology to be used more broadly across the industry.
24/04/2014
Unilever makes a good start to 2014
Today, we released our results for the first quarter 2014. We delivered good growth ahead of our markets in a continued tough economic and competitive environment.
24/04/2014
Unilever's Trading Statement for Q1 2014 released today
Unilever today announced results for the first quarter 2014.
09/04/2014
Over 75% of Unilever’s factories achieve zero non-hazardous waste to landfill
London/Rotterdam - Unilever announced today that all its factories across Europe have joined those in North America in achieving zero non-hazardous waste to landfill. With similar achievements in countries from Argentina to Indonesia, it means more than three-quarters of the company’s global factory network no longer sends such waste to landfill, up from 20% just three years ago.
08/04/2014
Unilever CEO calls for decisive action to tackle climate change
London/Rotterdam - Unilever CEO, Paul Polman, delivered yesterday the Annual Lecture at London’s Imperial College Grantham Institute for Climate Change, and called for decisive action to tackle climate change in order to secure the future of businesses and people around the world in the years to come.
04/04/2014
Unilever Lifebuoy campaign achieves dramatic results
London/Rotterdam/Mumbai - Unilever’s health soap Lifebuoy has announced the results of its ‘Help A Child Reach 5’ handwashing programmes launched in Thesgora, India, noting an overwhelming drop in the incidence of diarrhoea: from 36% to 5%.
01/04/2014
Unilever Project Sunlight partners with Upworthy
New York / London - Unilever Project Sunlight today announced a partnership with Upworthy that will match the aspirations of Project Sunlight to the highly engaged and socially conscious Upworthy audience.
01/04/2014
Unilever completes sale of meat snacks business to Jack Link's
London/Rotterdam - Unilever today announced that it has completed the sale of its meat snacks business to Jack Link's
17/03/2014
Unilever N.V. and PLC Notification of Board Change
London/Rotterdam - Unilever today announced that the following Directors will offer themselves for re-election at the Annual General Meetings on 14 May 2014: Laura Cha, Louise Fresco, Ann Fudge, Byron Grote, Jean-Marc Huët, Mary Ma, Hixonia Nyasulu, Paul Polman, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, John Rishton, Kees Storm, Michael Treschow and Paul Walsh. As a result of his other commitments, Charles Golden has decided not to offer himself for re-election at the Annual General Meetings this year.
13/03/2014
Unilever announces outcome of Go Global initiative
London/Rotterdam/San Francisco - Unilever announced today that it has selected the seven winning companies that will take part in Go Global, a program that aims to partner innovative digital companies which are ready for international expansion, with seven of Unilever’s global flagship brands.
09/03/2014
Unilever to acquire majority stake in the Qinyuan Group
Shanghai, London & Rotterdam – Unilever today announced that it has acquired a majority stake in the Qinyuan Group, a leading Chinese water purification business for an undisclosed amount. Qinyuan generated sales approaching €140 million (c. 1.2 billion RMB] for the 12-month period ending 31 December 2013.
24/02/2014
Unilever and Internet.org partner on internet study for communities across India
Today, Unilever announced a partnership with Internet.org, a Facebook-led alliance of partners, to understand better how internet access can be increased to reach millions more people across rural India.
21/02/2014
Unilever agrees to sell meat snacks business to Jack Link's
London/Rotterdam – Unilever today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement for the sale of its meat snacks business to Jack Link’s, for an undisclosed amount.
20/02/2014
IFAD and Unilever sign first global public-private partnership agreement
Rome – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and leading global consumer goods company Unilever today signed a public-private partnership agreement aimed at helping to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers around the world.
31/01/2014
HRH The Prince of Wales presents the first HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize
London & Rotterdam – HRH The Prince of Wales announced the recipient of the Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace alongside Unilever CEO Paul Polman and Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, in the presence of leaders and entrepreneurs in the sustainability arena.
29/01/2014
Unilever, Symrise and GIZ join forces to support vanilla farmers
London/ Rotterdam/ Holzminden/ Eschborn – Unilever, its supplier Symrise and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH today announced a partnership to improve the livelihoods of 4,000 vanilla farmers in the Sava region, Madagascar. This unique development partnership includes a comprehensive three-year programme that will impact 32 communities and involve 44 schools and colleges, giving it the potential to improve 24,000 lives in one of the world’s poorest nations. The programme is partly financed within the framework of the develoPPP.de programme of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
21/01/2014
Unilever reports growth ahead of markets in 2013
Today, Unilever released its results for the fourth quarter and full year 2013 which show growth ahead of its markets in a tough economic and competitive environment. This demonstrates again that the transformation of Unilever to a sustainable growth company is on track.
21/01/2014
Unilever’s Q4 and full year 2013 results released today
Unilever’s Q4 and full year 2013 results are out today, 21 January 2014.
16/01/2014
Unilever sells its Royal pasta brand in the Philippines
London/Rotterdam/Manila - Unilever today announced that it has agreed to sell its Royal pasta brand in the Philippines to RFM Corporation, one of the biggest diversified food and beverage companies in the Philippines for US$47.8 million.
04/12/2013
Unilever invites digital marketing companies to go global
London/Rotterdam/San Francisco - New program offers tech companies cash and mentorship to work with Unilever brands and expand to new markets.
02/12/2013
Unilever concludes tender for statutory audit services
London/ Rotterdam – Unilever today announced that it has concluded the tender process for its statutory audit contract.
26/11/2013
Unilever completes Skippy sale in China
London / Rotterdam / Englewood Cliffs – Unilever today completed the sale of its Skippy business in China to Hormel Foods. This follows completion of the sale of the rest of the global Skippy business to Hormel Foods on January 31, 2013.
26/11/2013
Finalists of first Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards announced
London & Rotterdam – Unilever and the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL) today announced the seven finalists for the inaugural Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2013.
22/11/2013
Unilever to invest over €150 million in a new factory in Turkey
Istanbul/ Konya – Unilever today announced an investment of over €150 million in a new manufacturing plant in Konya (Turkey) to increase its capacity for sustainable growth in Home and Personal Care.
20/11/2013
Unilever launches Project Sunlight – a new initiative to motivate people to live more sustainably
London/Rotterdam - Unilever is following up its Sustainable Living Plan with the launch of Unilever Project Sunlight, a new initiative to motivate millions of people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles. Project Sunlight aims to make sustainable living desirable and achievable by inspiring people to look at the possibilities of a world where everyone lives well and within the natural limits of the planet.
19/11/2013
Unilever agrees to sell Soft & Beautiful, TCB and Pro-Line Comb-Thru to Strength of Nature
London & Rotterdam – Unilever today announced that it has signed an agreement for the sale of its Soft & Beautiful, TCB and Pro-Line Comb-Thru brands to Strength of Nature for an undisclosed amount. The sale excludes TCB’s business in Africa.
19/11/2013
Tackling sanitation for women’s health
New York - "We Can’t Wait" – Governments, civil society and business should work together to tackle sanitation for women’s health; say United Nations organisation, Unilever and WaterAid
12/11/2013
100% of Palm Oil bought will be traceable to known sources by end 2014
London/ Rotterdam/ Medan - Unilever today announced a significant move in its journey to accelerate market transformation towards sustainable palm oil, announcing that by the end of 2014, all of the palm oil Unilever buys globally will be traceable to known sources.
07/11/2013
Link between low blood pressure and youthful appearance in women discovered
London/Rotterdam - Research discovers new links between youthful appearance, health and longevity.
24/10/2013
Good progress in slower markets
Today, we released our results for the third quarter and first nine months of the year.
15/10/2013
Unilever commits to donate one million school meals
London & Rotterdam - This World Food Day (16 October 2013) Unilever, through its foods category and Food Solutions business, is committing to donate one million school meals through the Unilever Foundation to the United Nations World Food Programme to help end child hunger by improving the availability and nutritional quality of school meals around the world.
15/10/2013
Lifebuoy expands programmes to end preventable child deaths across 17 countries
London, Rotterdam, Mumbai – To mark Global Handwashing Day - 15th October (GHD) - the co-founder of GHD, Unilever’s health soap, Lifebuoy, has announced a significant expansion of its Help a Child Reach 5 campaign. The campaign, which was launched in 2013, set out to end preventable deaths of children under 5 by changing the handwashing behaviours, one village at a time. Today, Lifebuoy has confirmed it will extend this programme to communities and villages across 17 countries globally.
01/10/2013
Unilever Completes Sale of Wish-Bone and Western brands to Pinnacle Foods
London & Rotterdam – Unilever today announced that it has completed the sale of its Wish-Bone and Western dressings brands to Pinnacle Foods Inc.
30/09/2013
Unilever on track to meet its 2013 priorities despite slower market growth in many emerging countries
London/Rotterdam - Unilever will be taking part in investor conferences hosted by Sanford Bernstein and Bank of America Merrill Lynch this week.
25/09/2013
Unilever in deal with Brandtone to drive mobile presence in key markets
London/Rotterdam - Unilever has signed a new deal with mobile marketing company, Brandtone, which will enable its brands to use the power of mobile and big data to build long-term one-to-one relationships with consumers, particularly in emerging markets, where mobile is a key tool to reach them - and to do so at scale.
24/09/2013
Lifebuoy calls for hygiene to be recognised as a key intervention to reducing child mortality
New York – Unilever’s soap Lifebuoy today called for hygiene to be recognised as a key intervention to reducing child mortality, both in the last 900 days before the Millennium Development Goal deadline and in the post-2015 development agenda.
06/09/2013
Unilever to acquire T2 premium tea business in Australia
London & Rotterdam – Unilever today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire T2, a premium Australian tea business for an undisclosed amount. T2 generated sales approaching AUS$57 million for the 12-month period ending June 30 2013.
04/09/2013
Unilever prices a $750 million bond on the US market
London/Rotterdam/New York – Unilever yesterday priced a $750 million (ca. €570 million) bond on the U.S. market: $750 million 2.20 per cent Fixed Rate Notes due 6 March 2019. The anticipated closing date of the offering is 6 September 2013.
02/09/2013
Unilever looks to young entrepreneurs to help make sustainable living commonplace
London & Rotterdam – A new international awards programme designed to inspire young people around the world to tackle environmental, social and health issues is announced today by Unilever and the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL). The overall winner will receive the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize.
02/09/2013
Unilever and government of Tanzania sign agreement to accelerate sustainable agriculture growth for tea
London/ Rotterdam/ Dodoma - Unilever and the Government of Tanzania have agreed to establish an ambitious partnership to reinvigorate the Tanzanian tea industry.  The partnership aims to create 5,000 jobs linked to the Unilever Mufindi tea estates, develop 6,000 hectares of smallholder tea farms and thereby improve incomes and lives of approximately 30,000 people economically sustained by the smallholder farming.
26/08/2013
Unilever opens new ice cream factory to drive sustainable growth in Turkey, Middle East and Africa
London/ Rotterdam/ Konya, 26 August 2013 – Unilever announced today the opening of a new ice cream factory in Konya, Turkey; following an investment of over €95 million.
22/08/2013
Scientists to develop renewable chemicals for products of the future
Unilever has announced the launch of a research project with the University of Liverpool to develop the next generation of renewable chemicals from biomass to use in the manufacture of its home and personal care ranges.
14/08/2013
Crowdsourcing bid for torrent of fresh ideas
It is often said that the best ideas occur in the shower but in a modern twist, Unilever is thinking outside the cubicle with the announcement it will harness the potential of ‘crowdsourcing’ in its quest to discover the shower of the future.
12/08/2013
Unilever agrees to sell Wish-Bone and Western brands
London & Rotterdam – August 12, 2013 – Unilever today announced that it has signed an agreement for the sale of its Wish-Bone and Western dressings brands to Pinnacle Foods Inc. for a total cash consideration of approximately $580 million, subject to regulatory approval.
29/07/2013
Unilever prices a €750 million bond on the European market
London/Rotterdam, 29th July 2013. Unilever has announced €750,000,000 1.75% per cent Fixed Rate Notes due 5 August 2020, issued by Unilever NV and guaranteed by Unilever PLC and Unilever United States, Inc. The anticipated closing date of the offering is 5th August 2013.
26/07/2013
Unilever invites tenders for statutory audit services
London/ Rotterdam, 26 July 2013 – Unilever today announced that its Audit Committee will invite leading accountancy firms to tender for its statutory audit contract. PricewaterhouseCoopers’ appointment will expire upon completion of their audit of the accounts for the year ending 31 December 2013.
26/07/2013
Unilever agrees to sell its Unipro bakery and industrial oils business in Turkey
London/Rotterdam – July 26, 2013 – Unilever today announced that it has signed an agreement, subject to regulatory approval, to sell its Unipro bakery & industrial oils business to AAK, one of the world’s leading producers of high value-added speciality vegetable fats, for an undisclosed sum. Unipro’s bakery & industrial oils business consists of a number of sub-brands available in Turkey.
25/07/2013
Unilever growth momentum sustained in first-half 2013
On the 25th July, we released our results for the first-half 2013. Our strong innovation pipeline and focus on sustainable growth helped to drive the business forward.
12/07/2013
Dove expands digital relationship with HavasEHS
London/Rotterdam, 9th July 2013. Unilever today announced that it has appointed HavasEHS to be a lead digital agency for Dove. With this appointment, Unilever is extending their remit to cover digital display communications for Dove women, and to lead work on digital infrastructure and integration.
11/07/2013
Unilever increases its stake in Hindustan Unilever
London/Mumbai, 11th July 2013. Unilever PLC (LSE: ULVR) announced today that, pursuant to the voluntary open offer to increase its stake in Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), the shareholders of HUL tendered a total of 319,991,578 shares, out of which 319,563,398  shares have been accepted by Unilever PLC on completion of the verification of the shares tendered.
09/07/2013
Unilever and Solidaridad to further improve conditions for sugar cane workers in Central America
Unilever has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with international NGO, Solidaridad to further drive sustainable development in the sugarcane industry in Central America. This initiative supports the company’s commitment in the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan to source 100% of its agricultural raw materials sustainably.
04/07/2013
Unilever PLC announces closing of open offer to increase its stake in Hindustan Unilever
London/Mumbai, 4th July 2013. Unilever PLC (LSE: ULVR) announced today that, pursuant to the voluntary open offer to increase its stake in Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), shareholders of HUL tendered 319,699,278 shares during the tender period for the open offer which commenced on 21 June 2013 and closed on 4 July 2013.
27/06/2013
Supplier summit reinforces commitment to developing and emerging markets
Unilever is currently staging the largest supplier meeting ever held in Singapore with its Partner to Win Supplier Summit 2013.
13/06/2013
Unilever PLC to commence the open offer to increase stake in Hindustan Unilever on 21 June 2013
London/Mumbai: Unilever PLC (LSE: ULVR) today announced that it has received approval from the India market regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), for its voluntary open offer to increase its stake in Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) from 52.48% to up to 75%.
15/05/2013
Annual General Meeting Rotterdam, 15 May 2013
Rotterdam, 15 May 2013.- Unilever N.V. shareholders today approved all resolutions put to the annual general meeting in Rotterdam. Voting was by poll on each resolution and the results are set out below.
30/04/2013
Unilever PLC initiates offer to increase stake in Hindustan Unilever
London/Mumbai, 30th April 2013. Unilever PLC (LSE: ULVR) today announced a voluntary open offer to increase its stake in Hindustan Unilever (HUL), its publicly listed subsidiary in India, from 52.48% to up to 75% at a price of INR 600 per share.
25/04/2013
Unilever growth momentum continues in first quarter 2013
25/04/2013: Today (25 April), we released our results for the first quarter 2013. We maintained good growth momentum in the quarter despite challenging economies and the tough competitive environment.
22/04/2013
Unilever Sustainable Living Plan helping to drive growth
London/ Rotterdam, 22 April 2013 - Unilever’s commitment to put sustainable and equitable growth at the heart of its business model is helping to drive increased sales while reducing costs and risks, according to the second Unilever Sustainable Living Plan Progress Report published today.
15/04/2013
Unilever factories and logistics reduce CO2 by 1 million tonnes
London/ Rotterdam, 15 April 2013 - Unilever today announced that since 2008 the company has achieved a CO2 reduction of more than one million tonnes from its manufacturing and logistics operations. This is equivalent to taking 250,000 cars off the road.
08/04/2013
Unilever Czech Republic acquires SAVO brand
Prague, April 8, 2013 – Unilever Czech Republic and the Bochemie company announced today that they have signed an agreement under which Unilever will acquire the SAVO and other consumer brands from Bochemie.
02/04/2013
Unilever sources over 1/3 of agricultural raw materials sustainably while growing business
London/ Rotterdam, 2 April 2013 - Unilever today announced it is sourcing more than a third of its agricultural raw materials sustainably, having made significant progress towards its target of 100% by 2020.
06/03/2013
Unilever N.V. and Unilever PLC Annual General Meetings (re-)elections and Board Committee Memberships
Unilever today announced that the following Directors will offer themselves for re-election at the Annual General Meetings on 15 May 2013: Louise Fresco, Ann Fudge, Charles Golden, Byron Grote, Jean-Marc Huët, Hixonia Nyasulu, Paul Polman, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Kees Storm, Michael Treschow and Paul Walsh. Sunil Bharti Mittal will not offer himself for re-election at the Annual General Meetings this year.
27/02/2013
Unilever Lifebuoy premieres unique film to launch pioneering health campaign
London, Rotterdam, 27 February 2013 – Unilever’s health soap, Lifebuoy, has launched the latest initiative in its quest to help reduce the deaths of two million children before their fifth birthday from preventable diseases like diarrhoea and pneumonia.
18/02/2013
Unilever investing in fast-growing emerging markets
Unilever’s first aerosol manufacturing plant in Asia follows hard on the heels of new factories announced for Thailand and South Africa.
31/01/2013
Unilever completes global Skippy sale outside of China
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Jan. 31, 2013 –Unilever today completed the sale of its global Skippy business to Hormel Foods, excluding the portion operated out of China, which remains subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close later this year.
31/01/2013
Unilever to invest €75 million in building capacity and capability in South Africa
London/ Rotterdam/ Durban 31 January 2013, Unilever has announced that it will invest €75 million (1 billion Rand) in South Africa to expand its capacity with a new, state-of-the-art Home Care factory and to upgrade existing sites in Johannesburg and Durban. This investment will support Unilever’s ambition of doubling the size of its business while reducing its environmental impact and increasing its positive social impact.
28/01/2013
Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition puts sustainable business models on Davos agenda
January 28, 2013 - “Resilient Dynamism” was this year’s central theme at the World Economic Forum in Davos. In other words; the ability to, in the current crisis, stimulate sustainable growth with innovations, a clear vision and strong will to take action.
25/01/2013
Unilever wins 2013 Catalyst Award for gender diversity
NEW YORK (January 24, 2013) – Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies, was today named as a winner of the prestigious 2013 Catalyst Award, for its initiatives that expand opportunities for women and business.
24/01/2013
Unilever reduces waste by one million household bins while growing business
London/ Rotterdam, 24 January 2013 – Unilever today announced that more than 50% of all its factories have achieved the goal of sending no waste to landfill in 2012.
03/01/2013
Unilever agrees to sell global Skippy business to Hormel Foods
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. – Unilever today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement for the sale of its global Skippy business to Hormel Foods for a total cash consideration of approximately $700 million.
05/12/2012
Unilever N.V. and PLC notification of changes to the boards
Unilever today announced that it is proposing that Ms Laura M. Cha and Ms Mary Ma join the Boards as Non-Executive Directors. They will be proposed for election to the Boards at the Annual General Meetings on 15 May 2013.
19/11/2012
Unilever's hygiene brand Domestos to break taboo of the loo
Improved sanitation can contribute to 1/3 reduction in diarrhoeal diseases.
09/11/2012
Unilever appoints Havas EHS to develop global consumer data strategy
London/Rotterdam, 9th November 2012. Unilever has announced the appointment of Havas EHS to lead the development of a global consumer data strategy and roadmap that will enable its brands to harness the power of consumer data, including social graph data, to improve their ability to engage with the right audience at the right time.
25/10/2012
Unilever reports good growth in third quarter 2012
Today (25 October), Unilever released its results for the third quarter 2012. Once again, good quality growth, with volumes ahead of our markets, shows that Unilever’s transformation to a sustainable growth company is well on track and is being embedded deeply in the business.
15/10/2012
Unilever announces new initiative in progress to helping 1 billion people improve their health and wellbeing
Unilever partners with Millennium Villages Project to improve handwashing habits in Africa.
10/10/2012
Collaborate to Innovate: Unilever seeks help with new technical challenges to support sustainable growth
London/Rotterdam – 10th October 2012: Company’s new Open Innovation portal receives over 1000 ideas after six months.
05/10/2012
Unilever concludes review of media planning and buying services
London/Rotterdam, October 5th 2012. Unilever today announced the outcome of the global review of its media planning and buying agency services.
21/09/2012
Science of hair nets Unilever physicist Ig Nobel Award
Boston - 21 September 2012: A Unilever physicist has been awarded a prestigious Ig Nobel science award at a ceremony in Boston, USA, for his role in developing the first mathematical understanding of the shape of a ponytail.
20/08/2012
Unilever Completes Sale of Frozen Meals Portfolio in North America
London & Rotterdam – Aug. 20 2012 – Unilever today announced that it has completed the sale of its North America frozen meals business, conducted under the Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s brand names, to ConAgra Foods, Inc., for total cash consideration of $267 million, subject to adjustment.
02/08/2012
Unilever announces closure of U.S. bond issue
London/Rotterdam – 2nd August 2012: Unilever announced that the $1 billion bond, consisting of $450 million Fixed Rate Notes due 30th July 2015 and $550 million Fixed Rate Notes due 2nd August 2017, launched on July 30, closed today.
31/07/2012
Unilever prices a $1 billion bond on the US market
London/Rotterdam – 31st July 2012: Unilever yesterday priced a double-tranche $1.0 billion (ca. €0.8 billion) bond on the U.S. market: $450 million 0.45 per cent Fixed Rate Notes due 30th July 2015 and $550 million 0.85 per cent Fixed Rate Notes due 2nd August 2017. The anticipated closing date of the offering is 2nd August 2012.
30/07/2012
Unilever agrees to sell frozen meals portfolio in North America
Unilever today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement for the sale of its North America frozen meals business to ConAgra Foods, Inc. for a total cash consideration of $265 million. Unilever’s North America frozen meals business consists of a full range of premium, multi-serve frozen entrees and appetizers under the well-known Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s brand names.
26/07/2012
Unilever delivers consistent first-half 2012 results
Today (26 July), Unilever released its results for the half year and second quarter 2012. Solid and consistent first half results provide further evidence that we are making progress in the transformation of Unilever to a sustainable growth company.
22/06/2012
Unilever partners with PSI and Facebook to launch Waterworks™
Unilever, through the Unilever Foundation, in partnership with PSI (Population Services International) announces the launch of Waterworks™, a not-for-profit programme that will provide safe clean drinking water to communities in need around the world. Waterworks™, which operates through a ground-breaking Timeline application developed jointly with Facebook, will connect people with means directly with people and communities in need.
18/06/2012
Unilever and UNICEF partner to help bring sanitation to over 400,000 people
London/Rotterdam, 18th June 2012. The Unilever Foundation and Domestos have joined forces with UNICEF to support UNICEF’s Community Approaches to Total Sanitation (CATS) programme which  aims to help hundreds of thousands of people in need gain improved access to basic sanitation.
12/06/2012
Unilever CEO Paul Polman: R&D critical to driving behaviour change
Unilever brings together behaviour change experts at new Vlaardingen symposium.
22/05/2012
Unilever Supply Chain breaks into world top 10
London/Rotterdam, 22nd May 2012: Unilever achieved 10th place in the 2012 Gartner Supply Chain Top 25, announced today. The result is Unilever’s best-ever performance in the index and an improvement of five places compared with 2011.
09/05/2012
Annual General Meeting Rotterdam, all resolutions approved
Rotterdam, 9 May 2012 - Unilever N.V. shareholders today approved all resolutions put to the annual general meeting in Rotterdam. Voting was by poll on each resolution and the results are set out below.
04/05/2012
Long term supplier partnerships key to Unilever Sustainable Growth strategy
London/ Rotterdam, 4 May 2012 - Unilever today signed its thirtieth strategic supplier partnership to support the company’s sustainable growth ambitions. The partnerships now cover more than €3billion of annual spend and support investment in growth, more sustainable practices and bigger and better innovations.
26/04/2012
Unilever shows solid progress in first quarter 2012
Strong growth in a difficult economic environment
24/04/2012
Unilever reports on first year’s progress against ground-breaking sustainable living plan targets
London, 24 April 2012 – Unilever has published a report on the progress it is making towards meeting its Unilever Sustainable Living Plan targets.
11/04/2012
Were ancient plants more nutritious?
New scientific consortium goes back in time to inspire the next generation of naturally healthy food and drinks.
01/03/2012
Unilever continues to invest in Colombia to increase capacity for growth
Unilever plans state-of-the art Laundry manufacturing and distribution facilities to drive growth.
02/02/2012
Strong growth in 2011 despite difficult markets
Robust performance in a challenging economic environment
27/01/2012
Unilever launches Global Foundation
Partnership with five global organisations to deliver sustainable change worldwide launched today at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
26/01/2012
National Water Company and Unilever Sign MOU
Joint initiative to tackle water scarcity issues across the Kingdom through education.
23/01/2012
Barry Callebaut to become strategic Unilever partner
Barry Callebaut and Unilever sign long-term partnership agreement.
20/12/2011
Unilever completes the acquisition of Ingman Ice Cream
Leading brands such as Ingman, Kingis, Jättis, Totally, SuperViva, Åhus Glass and TofuLine
12/12/2011
Unilever to review media planning and buying service
London/Rotterdam - Unilever has announced that it will be reviewing its media services alignment, which include both planning and buying services. The review will have a global scope and will include the services for the four categories – Foods, Refreshment, Home Care and Personal Care – and for the leading countries.
09/12/2011
Unilever’s new Durban plant a model of sustainable savoury dry food production
Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Rob Davies, today officially opened Unilever’s R670-million state of the art savoury foods plant at Riverhorse Valley in Durban, and endorsed it as one of the largest private investments in South Africa since the 2010 World Cup.
06/12/2011
Unilever completes acquisition of 82% of Concern Kalina
London / Rotterdam – Unilever announced today that, further to the an-nouncement made on October 14th, it has obtained the necessary regulatory clearances in Russia and Ukraine, and completed the acquisition of 82% of the outstanding shares of Concern Kalina, Russia’s leading Beauty Company.The transaction will transform Unilever’s personal care business in Russia, giving it leading positions in skin care and hair care, as well as establishing a presence in oral care. It will also streng-then and re-balance Unilever’s portfolio and competitiveness in Russia, an emerging market with considerable potential and one of Unilever’s priority countries.
01/12/2011
High blood sugar levels make you look older, new research suggests
Long term exposure to high levels of glucose causes people to look older than they really are, new research suggests.
01/12/2011
Unilever Completes Sale of Culver Specialty Brands to B&G Foods, Inc.
LONDON & ROTTERDAM, November 30, 2011 – Unilever announced today that it has completed the sale of its Culver Specialty Brands division to B&G Foods, Inc. for the previously announced price of $325 million (EUR 240 million) in cash. Culver Specialty Brands include Mrs. Dash salt-free branded seasoning blends, Molly McButter branded flavored sprinkles, Sugar Twin branded sugar substitute, Baker’s Joy branded baking spray and Static Guard branded anti-static spray in the US and Canada.
29/11/2011
Unilever’s CMO speaks about making sustainable living commonplace: “we need to walk ahead of our consumers”
Speaking at the Marketing Society annual conference, and a year on from the launch of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, Keith Weed, Unilever Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, stressed the importance of foresight and the role that brands and marketing can play in making sustainable living commonplace.
24/11/2011
Unilever CEO calls for consumers to be part of the movement for sustainable change
Unilever CEO says a commitment gap between what governments say and what they deliver on sustainability provides an opportunity for business, NGOs and society to step up to the challenge.
23/11/2011
Unilever publishes marketing behaviour change principles to inspire sustainable living
To coincide with a public debate on mainstreaming sustainable living, Unilever has today published the behaviour change model its marketers use to encourage sustainable changes in consumer living habits: ‘Five Levers for Change’.
14/11/2011
Unilever and World Toilet Organization partner for the World’s First Toilet Academy
Ho Chi Minh: With 2.6 billion people across the world without access to clean toilets, Unilever is proud to announce the world’s first Toilet Academy that will address the global sanitation issue.
03/11/2011
Strong growth for all categories in third quarter 2011
Another good quarterly performance against the backdrop of a continuing tough economic environment.
28/10/2011
Unilever Agrees to sell Culver Specialty brands
London & Rotterdam – Unilever today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with B&G Foods, Inc. to sell its Culver Specialty Brands division, which includes Mrs. Dash salt-free branded seasoning blends, Molly McButter branded flavored sprinkles, Sugar Twin branded sugar substitute, Bakers Joy branded baking spray and Static Guard branded anti-static spray in the US and Canada for $325 million (EUR 230 million) in cash.  The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close this year. 
25/10/2011
Unilever in Russia is recognised as the best employer of the FMCG sector
Unilever has taken a leading position in several rankings of the best employers in Russia. Surveys were carried out by Universum, Changellenge Academy, the Future Today and Finance University.
19/10/2011
Unilever declares offer for its 6% and 7% preference shares unconditional
Rotterdam: As part of Unilever’s commitment to promoting the highest possible standards of corporate governance, Unilever N.V. recently announced the launch of a public cash offer for all its outstanding 6% and 7% preference shares. The offer was launched with the aim of strengthening the link between economic interests and voting rights for all Unilever N.V. shareholders.
14/10/2011
Unilever to acquire 82% of leading Russian beauty company Kalina
Successful brands enhance presence in attractive emerging market, strengthen Personal Care portfolio and create leading position in skin care in Russia.
29/09/2011
Unilever continues to invest in Indonesia to increase capacity for growth
Unilever expands state-of-the art Personal Care and Ice Cream facilities to drive growth.
19/09/2011
Unilever N.V. promotes good corporate governance by making a cash offer for its 6% and 7% preference shares; offer memorandum available
Rotterdam - Unilever is committed to promoting the highest possible standards of corporate governance throughout its business. In particular, it is focused on improving governance in Unilever N.V. by addressing the disproportionate voting rights of the 6% and 7% preference shares. Progress towards this goal will help to strengthen the link between economic interest and voting rights for all Unilever N.V. shareholders.
16/09/2011
Extraordinary General Meeting, Rotterdam 16 September 2011
Rotterdam - Unilever N.V. shareholders today approved the resolution put to the extraordinary general meeting in Rotterdam. Voting was by poll and the result is set out below.
07/09/2011
Unilever achieves zero-to-landfill manufacturing commitment in the UK
Unilever can announce that it has achieved its ambition of becoming a "zero to landfill" manufacturer in the UK.
24/08/2011
Unilever to sell VO5 in the USA
Unilever to sell the Alberto VO5 brand in the United States and Puerto Rico, and the Rave brand globally to Brynwood Partners VI L.P.
04/08/2011
Unilever delivers strong growth in first-half 2011
Half-year and second quarter results 2011 reflect a good performance that shows the company’s growth strategy is delivering
05/07/2011
Unilever opens new factory in Mexico
Mexico becomes manufacturing hub for Axe, Rexona and Dove deodorants in North and Central America.
23/06/2011
Unilever announces reorganisation to further drive growth
London/Rotterdam - Unilever today announced changes to its category and go-to-market structure to further support its growth plans, especially in its fast-developing businesses in the emerging markets. The new structure allows for a more efficient rollout of increasingly bigger and more scalable innovations, and the optimization of resources behind strategic priorities.
20/06/2011
Unilever completes sale of Sanex to Colgate-Palmolive
London - Unilever confirmed today that, further to the announcement made on March 23rd 2011, it has completed the sale of the global Sanex business to Colgate-Palmolive for €672m.
08/06/2011
Unilever’s next step in sustainable sourcing of raw materials
Unilever buys first available certificates for Sustainable Soy Oil
23/05/2011
Unilever drives efficiency in capital investment programme
Unilever and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) have entered a global alliance to support the delivery of Unilever’s capital investments in the future.
12/05/2011
Annual General Meeting, Rotterdam 12 May 2011
Unilever N.V. shareholders today approved all resolutions put to the annual general meeting in Rotterdam.
10/05/2011
Unilever completes Alberto Culver acquisition
Unilever and the Alberto Culver Company today jointly confirmed that, further to the announcement on May 6, they have obtained the necessary regulatory clearances, and Unilever has acquired the Alberto Culver Company.
10/05/2011
Unilever N.V. Agrees Terms With Aegon For The Re-Purchase of Preference Shares
Unilever today announced that it has agreed terms with AEGON for the re-purchase of all their 6% and 7% cumulative preference shares in Unilever N.V. in a transaction valued at €28.5m. This follows the cancellation of the 4% cumulative preference shares in 2010.
06/05/2011
Unilever Receives Approval to Acquire Alberto Culver
Unilever today announced that it has reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) that will   complete its proposed acquisition of the Alberto Culver Company.  Subject to customary closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close on or about May 10, 2011.
28/04/2011
Unilever releases first-quarter 2011 trading statement
Fifth Consecutive Quarter of Solid Growth
13/04/2011
Unilever reaches settlement with European Commission on laundry detergents
Unilever has reached a settlement with the European Commission after its investigation into the implementation of the European detergents industry’s Code of Good Environmental Practice.
28/03/2011
Unilever issues its first ever Renminbi bond
London & Rotterdam: Unilever announced today the issuance of its first ever Renminbi (Rmb)-denominated bond.
23/03/2011
Unilever sells Sanex and acquires the laundry brands of Colgate-Palmolive in Colombia
Unilever announced today that it has entered a binding agreement to sell the global Sanex business to Colgate-Palmolive for €672m. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval.
04/03/2011
Unilever completes the sale of its consumer tomato products business in Brazil
São Paulo, Brasil – 3 March 2011– Unilever today announced that it has completed the sale of its consumer tomato products business in Brazil to Cargill for approximately R$600 million (around EUR 260 million).
21/01/2011
Unilever announces management changes
Unilever announces management changes following the recent departure of Sandy Ogg.
17/12/2010
Unilever confirms Alberto Culver shareholder approval to acquire company for $3.7 billion
London & Rotterdam – Unilever today confirmed that Alberto Culver Company shareholders have voted in favour of the proposed US$3.7 billion Unilever acquisition, which was announced on September 27, 2010. 
09/12/2010
Unilever N.V. and PLC Notification of Board Change
Unilever today announced that it is proposing that Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal join the Board as a Non-Executive Director. He will be proposed for election to the Board at the Annual General Meetings in London on 11 May and in Rotterdam on 12 May 2011. 
06/12/2010
Unilever completes Sara Lee Personal Care & European Laundry acquisition
Unilever today confirmed that it has completed the acquisition of the Sara Lee Personal Care and European Laundry business.
26/11/2010
Unilever moves to Quarterly Trading Statements in April 2011
Unilever announced today that it will change the way it reports its results.
17/11/2010
Unilever further strengthens home & personal care business
EU Competition Authorities approve Unilever’s acquisition of Sara Lee Personal Care and European Laundry business.
15/11/2010
Unilever unveils plan to decouple business growth from environmental impact
Global consumer goods company Unilever today announced plans to decouple future growth from environmental impact.
04/11/2010
Third quarter results 2010
Another quarter of solid progress driven by our emerging markets business which again reported high levels of volume growth.
28/09/2010
Unilever and EVGA to collaborate in Greek Ice Cream Sector
Unilever and EVGA announced today that they have signed an agreement under which Unilever will acquire EVGA’s ice cream brands (amongst others, Scandal, Variete and Karabola) and distribution network, for an undisclosed amount.
27/09/2010
Unilever to acquire Alberto Culver
Successful brands such as TRESemmé, Nexxus, VO5, St Ives and Simple strengthen category positions in Hair Care and Skin Care.
24/09/2010
Unilever to sell its consumer tomato products business in Brazil
São Paulo, Brazil - Unilever today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its consumer tomato products business in Brazil to Cargill for approximately R$600 million (around EUR 260 million).
09/08/2010
Unilever acquires Diplom-Is operations in Denmark
Unilever has today signed an asset purchase agreement with the Norwegian dairy group TINE, to acquire the activities of Diplom-Is in Denmark, as of 30th September 2010. The value of the transaction is undisclosed.
05/08/2010
Second quarter and half-year results 2010
Volume momentum sustained whilst investing for the long term.
02/07/2010
Unilever commits to sustainable sourcing of paper packaging
Unilever today published its sustainable paper and board packaging sourcing policy as part of its commitment to double the size of the business while reducing its environmental impact.
07/06/2010
Dove for Men to be Unilever’s lead advert on new Apple platform
Unilever will be the consumer goods presenting advertiser on the new iAD platform unveiled today by Steve Jobs at Apple’s Worldwide Developers conference in California.
25/05/2010
The European Commission expected to move to phase II for the personal care and European laundry business of Sara Lee
Unilever’s acquisition of the Personal Care and European Laundry business of the Sara Lee Corporation is expected to move to Phase II of the European Commission’s approval process.
11/05/2010
Annual General Meeting Rotterdam, all resolutions approved
Rotterdam, 11 May 2010 - Unilever N.V. shareholders today approved all resolutions put to the annual general meeting in Rotterdam. Voting was by poll on each resolution and the results are set out below.
10/05/2010
Position of major holders of preference shares on proposal to cancel and buy back existing preference shares
On 29 March 2010, Unilever N.V. announced a proposal to its general meeting of shareholders to improve and simplify its corporate governance and capital structure.
26/04/2010
Unilever Italy & Findus
Unilever Italy accelerates its growth ambitions, focusing on international brands and announces intention to seek buyer for Findus frozen foods business.
07/04/2010
Unilever's Europe-wide palm oil covered sustainably
Unilever today announced that it has secured enough GreenPalm certificates of sustainable palm oil to cover the requirements of its European business; as well as those of its business in Australia and New Zealand
29/03/2010
Unilever N.V. takes steps to further improve corporate governance
Rotterdam - Unilever N.V. today announced proposals to improve and simplify its corporate governance and capital structure. Unilever N.V. intends to propose to cancel its 4% cumulative preference shares and to seek authorisation to buy back its 6% and 7% cumulative preference shares.
18/03/2010
Vindi Banga to leave Unilever
Unilever today announced that Vindi Banga, currently President, Global Foods, Home and Personal Care and member of the Unilever Executive has decided to leave Unilever at the end of May after a distinguished career of 33 years.
05/03/2010
Unilever appoints new chief marketing & communications officer
Unilever today announced that Keith Weed will be appointed Chief Marketing & Communications Officer.
03/03/2010
Unilever board changes
Unilever today announced that Leon Brittan, Wim Dik and Narayana Murthy will be retiring from the Board at the Annual General Meetings in May this year.
25/02/2010
Unilever aims to double business, whilst reducing environmental footprint
Strategy will require new business model and partnerships.
09/02/2010
Unilever realigns portfolio of media agencies
Unilever realigns portfolio of media agencies to reach its 2 billion consumers more effectively.
08/02/2010
Unilever nominates new Chief Legal Officer and Group Secretary
Unilever today announced that it had nominated Tonia Lovell as its next Chief Legal Officer and Group Secretary.
04/02/2010
Q4 and full-year 2009 results
Unilever's fourth quarter and full-year 2009 results announced today.
15/01/2010
Unilever donates $500,000 to Haiti earthquake victims
Unilever donates $500,000 to United Nations World Food Programme for relief aid to Haiti earthquake victims.
29/12/2009
Unilever awards Greater China media planning and buying business to PHD
Unilever today announced that it has awarded Greater China media planning and buying business to PHD.
16/12/2009
Unilever appoints new CFO
Unilever today announced that Jean-Marc Huet will join the company as Chief Financial Officer.
11/12/2009
Unilever takes stance against deforestation
Unilever today announced that it has decided to suspend all purchases of palm oil from the Indonesian company PT SMART
10/12/2009
Unilever CFO to step down
Jim Lawrence to leave Unilever at end of year.
24/11/2009
Unilever completes sale of interest in JohnsonDiversey
Unilever today announced that it has completed the previously announced sale of its interest in JohnsonDiversey
16/10/2009
Unilever embraces 30th World Food Day
Today, employees of Unilever, in more than 30 countries, together with global partners will raise awareness on the issue of child hunger and raise funds for the World Food Programme (WFP).
07/10/2009
Unilever sells stake in JohnsonDiversey
Unilever today announced that it is to reduce its equity interest in JohnsonDiversey from 33 per cent to 4 per cent.
25/09/2009
Unilever to acquire the personal care business of Sara Lee
Leading brands such as Sanex, Radox and Duschdas strengthen category leadership in Skin Cleansing and Deodorants
23/09/2009
Unilever appoints chief security officer
Unilever today announced that Adam Mallalieu would be joining the company as Chief Security Officer. 
03/09/2009
Unilever leads Dow Jones Sustainability Index
Unilever has been named sustainability leader in the Food & Beverage sector of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the eleventh consecutive year.
03/07/2009
Unilever closes acquisition of Baltimor sauce business
Unilever today announced that it had closed its deal to acquire the sauces business of Baltimor Holding ZAO, the leading ketchup business in Russia.
02/07/2009
Groundbreaking ceremony at new production complex in Russia
The groundbreaking ceremony of a new Unilever multifunctional production complex took place in the Tula region today.
01/07/2009
UK commission calls for consistency in public health strategy
"The biggest problem Is confusion": UK commission calls for greater clarity and consistency in public health strategy.
25/06/2009
Unilever joins Climate Savers® Computing Initiative
Unilever today announced its membership of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, a non-profit group of consumers, businesses and conservation organisations dedicated to reducing the energy consumption of computers.
23/06/2009
Unilever investment in Vietnam
Unilever today announced that it has invested an undisclosed amount in its subsidiary in Vietnam.
09/06/2009
Unilever and World Heart Federation announce new initiative
Unilever and the World Heart Federation announce a joint initiative to promote awareness of Heart Age - a new, personally motivating way of expressing an individual’s risk of developing heart disease and stroke.
27/05/2009
Unilever appoints new chief supply chain officer
Pier Luigi Sigismondi to join Unilever Executive.
25/05/2009
Unilever calls for moratorium on deforestation of tropical rainforest
Unilever's Chief Executive Officer, Paul Polman, today called for governments to support a moratorium on deforestation as a crucial measure to tackle climate change.
29/04/2009
Unilever acquires leading Russian sauces business Baltimor
Unilever today announced its intention to acquire Baltimor Holding ZAO's sauces business, the leading ketchup business in Russia.
21/04/2009
Unilever makes a commitment to reduce salt across its portfolio
Unilever today announced the launch of a global salt reduction strategy for its Foods portfolio, covering over 22 000 products.
02/04/2009
Unilever completes TIGI acquisition
Unilever confirms it has completed TIGI hair care acquisition.
05/03/2009
Unilever board changes
Unilever today announced that its Vice-Chairman and Senior Independent Director, the Lord Simon of Highbury CBE, will be retiring from the Board at the Annual General Meetings in May this year having served three terms of three years.
24/02/2009
Unilever launches ice cream business in Romania
Unilever best-sellers to be available this summer. Napoca to enter Unilever portfolio.
26/01/2009
Unilever moves to premium hair care
Unilever to buy TIGI product business and Advanced Education Academies for $411.5 million in cash.
23/12/2008
Unilever completes the sale of Bertolli olive oil business to Grupo SOS
Unilever today completed the previously announced sale of its Bertolli olive oil business to Grupo SOS for a consideration of €630 million.
04/12/2008
Unilever in Cote D'Ivoire
Unilever disposes of oils business and plantation interests and acquires regional soap business.
01/12/2008
Unilever reshapes its global research & development
Unilever today announced the intention to consolidate its R&D activities into a number of larger sites located in its key markets.
29/10/2008
Unilever NV Extraordinary General Meeting poll result
Paul Polman appointed as executive director.
28/10/2008
Unilever PLC General Meeting poll result
Unilever PLC shareholders today approved the resolution put to the General Meeting in London. Voting was by poll on the resolution and the result is set out below.
13/10/2008
Unilever announces further investment in Russia
Unilever to build a state-of-the-art production facility in Tula over the next five years.
09/09/2008
Unilever completes sale of North American laundry business to Vestar Capital Partners
Unilever today announced that it has completed the sale of its North American laundry business in US, Canada and Puerto Rico to Vestar Capital Partners (Vestar).
04/09/2008
Unilever CEO Succession
Unilever today announces that Patrick Cescau, Group Chief Executive, will retire from Unilever at the end of the year. He has served the business for 35 years and has led Unilever for the last four, initially as Chairman and then as the company’s first Group Chief Executive.
30/07/2008
Unilever to close Lawry's deal with McCormick
Unilever today announced that it expects to complete the previously announced sale of its Lawry's and Adolph's branded seasoning blends and marinades business to McCormick & Company, Inc., on or about the 31st July, 2008.
28/07/2008
Unilever agrees to sell North American Laundry Business
Unilever today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its North American laundry business in US, Canada and Puerto Rico to Vestar Capital Partners.
21/07/2008
Unilever disposes Bertolli Olive Oil to Grupo SOS
Unilever today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement for the disposal of its Bertolli olive oil and vinegar business with Grupo SOS for a consideration of €630m.
10/07/2008
Unilever to sell Turkish olive oil business
Unilever today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell Komili, the market leading olive oil brand in Turkey, for an undisclosed amount to Ana Gida, part of the Anadolu Group.
24/06/2008
Geneviève Berger to be Chief R&D Officer
Unilever today announced that Professor Geneviève Berger (PhD, MD) has been appointed as its chief research and development officer.
19/06/2008
Unilever in Côte d'Ivoire
Unilever Cote d'Ivoire set to dispose of palm-oil interests and increase stake in regional soap business
15/05/2008
Unilever PLC annual general meeting approves all resolution
Unilever PLC shareholders today approved all resolutions put to the annual general meeting in London. Voting was by poll on each resolution and the results are set out below.
15/05/2008
Unilever NV Annual General Meeting approves all resolutions
Rotterdam, 15 May - Unilever N.V. shareholders today approved all resolutions put to the Annual General Meeting in Rotterdam.
14/05/2008
Unilever PLC Annual General Meeting approves all resolutions
Unilever PLC shareholders today approved all resolutions put to the Annual General Meeting in London. Voting was by poll on each resolution and the results are set out below.
28/02/2008
Board changes at Unilever
Unilever today announced a number of changes to simplify further its structure and better align its organisation in support of the company’s growth agenda.
04/02/2008
Unilever acquires leading Russian ice cream company Inmarko
Unilever today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire leading Russian ice cream company Inmarko for an undisclosed amount.
04/12/2007
Unilever marketing
Unilever takes its marketing responsibilities very seriously.
14/11/2007
Unilever agrees to sell Lawry's and Adolph's Brands
Unilever has signed a definitive agreement with McCormick & Company, Incorporated to sell its Lawry's and Adolph's branded seasoning blends and marinades business in the US and Canada for €410 million in cash.
05/11/2007
Unilever & Le Groupe Bel reach agreement on sale of Boursin
Unilever today announced that it had reached an agreement to sell Boursin to Le Groupe Bel for EUR 400 million.
26/10/2007
Patrick Cescau awarded 2007 Botwinick Prize in Ethics
Unilever Group Chief Executive, Patrick Cescau, awarded 2007 Botwinick Prize in Ethics by Columbia Business School.
25/09/2007
Unilever recognised for carbon disclosure and sustainability performance
Unilever has been recognised as "Best in Class" in its approach to climate change disclosure in a report released yesterday by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a coalition of over 315 global investors.
24/09/2007
Unilever Indonesia to buy drinks brand
Unilever Indonesia has entered into a conditional agreement to buy the Buavita brand of fruit-based Vitality drinks from Ultra.
14/09/2007
Unilever & Pepsico to expand ready-to-drink tea joint venture
PepsiCo and Unilever today announced they have agreed to expand their International partnership for the marketing and distribution of ready-to-drink tea products under the Lipton brand, the world's best-selling tea.
14/09/2007
Spinetta to step down from Unilever
Rotterdam, 14 September - Unilever today announced that Jean-Cyril Spinetta will step down as a non-executive director for personal reasons.
01/08/2007
Unilever announces new Chief Financial Officer
Unilever today announced that it has appointed James A Lawrence as Chief Financial Officer in succession to Rudy Markham.
25/06/2007
Unilever & Perdigão create joint-venture to manage the Becel & Becel pro.activ heart-health brands in Brazil
Unilever today announced that it had entered into an agreement with Perdigão to create a joint-venture to manage the Becel and Becel pro.activ heart-health brands in Brazil. At the same time it is selling its Doriana, Delicata and Claybom margarine brands, together with manufacturing equipment, to Perdigão.
18/06/2007
Unilever appoints its first Chief Technology Officer
Unilever today announced that it had appointed Neal Matheson to the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer.
25/05/2007
Unilever commits to sourcing all its tea from sustainable ethical sources
Up to 2 million people around the world to benefit from better crops, better incomes and better livelihoods.
17/05/2007
Unilever NV AGM resolutions have become effective
Rotterdam, 16 May Unilever NV today announced that all resolutions on the appointments and remuneration of directors that were adopted at Unilever NV's AGM yesterday have become effective as from today, subsequent to the adoption of corresponding proposals by the Unilever PLC shareholders.
16/05/2007
Unilever PLC annual general meeting approves all resolutions
Unilever PLC shareholders today approved all resolutions put to the annual general meeting in London. Voting was by poll on each resolution and the results are set out below..
15/05/2007
Unilever NV annual general meeting approves all resolutions
Rotterdam, 15 May - Unilever N.V. shareholders today approved all resolutions put to the Annual General Meeting in Rotterdam.
09/05/2007
Unilever Science Price 2007
Unilever Science Prize 2007 to Prof. David Julius
08/05/2007
Unilever strengthens its global commitment to responsible marketing
Unilever today announced two new important commitments to responsible marketing.
03/05/2007
Announcement of Q1 2007 results
Unilever today announced its results for the first quarter of 2007.
19/03/2007
Progress on Unilever share buy-back programme
Progress on Unilever share buy-back programme - Transactions in Own Shares
12/03/2007
Unilever announces commencement of share buy-back programme
Unilever today announces the commencement of its share buy-back programme.
01/03/2007
New arrangements for Unilever UK pensions
Unilever UK today reaffirmed its commitment to its final salary pension scheme for existing employees in the UK but announced that it is proposing to close the scheme to new employees.
08/02/2007
Unilever board changes
Unilever today announced changes to its Board.
19/01/2007
Unilever NV implements previously announced pref share settlement
On 8 November 2006 Unilever NV announced that it had reached a settlement with a number of parties, including the Dutch Investors' Association (Vereniging van Effectenbezitters), with respect to a dispute concerning the NLG 0.10 cumulative preference shares issued in 1999.
12/01/2007
Unilever announces new chairman
Michael Treschow to succeed Antony Burgmans in May 2007.
19/12/2006
Changes to executive team
Unilever today announced that John Rice, President Americas, has decided to retire from Unilever after 25 years of service.
18/12/2006
Unilever statement
Unilever today confirms that the process for the nomination of a new independent Chairman at the AGMs in 2007 is proceeding as planned.
14/12/2006
Unilever executive decorated by H.M. the King of Thailand
Receives Royal Decoration in recognition of his outstanding leadership of the Unilever Thai Group of Companies corporate social responsibility initiatives. 
13/12/2006
Unilever calls all industry partners to join forces in order to make REACH a real success
In expressing satisfaction with the outcome of today's vote on the REACH regulation, Unilever calls for all industry partners to look positively at the proposal and contribute to making it a real success.
22/11/2006
Unilever reshapes its European foods research & development - Organising for the future
Unilever today announced plans to reshape its Foods R&D organisation in Europe in order to further enable differentiated innovation. Foods R&D Europe will be restructured to provide the focus and critical mass that can deliver innovations for both the European and global market. 
08/11/2006
Unilever agrees settlement
Unilever NV today announced that it has agreed a settlement with the main parties in the legal dispute over its 1999 Unilever NV Preference Shares. These parties, with whom constructive talks have been held, include the Dutch Shareholders Association, VEB, and several institutional shareholders.
03/11/2006
Unilever completes sale of frozen foods business to the Permira Funds
Unilever today announced the completion of the sale of the majority of its frozen foods business to the Permira Funds for € 1.725 billion.
02/11/2006
Unilever reaction to statements by VEB and CommonWealth
Unilever has taken note of statements made today by Dutch shareholders association VEB and CommonWealth Investments about a possible settlement with regard to the 2005 conversion of preference shares, issued by Unilever N.V. in 1999.  
09/09/2006
Unilever receives report of the Amsterdam Enterprise Chamber Investigations
Unilever N.V. announced today it has received the report concerning its 1999 Dutch preference shares produced by investigators appointed by the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal. 
04/09/2006
Unilever makes public offer for Athens-listed shares Elais Unilever
Unilever announced today a voluntary public offer for the outstanding shares of Elais-Unilever that are listed and traded on the Athens stock exchange (ATHEX).
28/08/2006
Unilever signs agreement to sell European frozen foods business
Unilever today announced that it had reached an agreement to sell the majority of its European Frozen Foods business to the Permira Funds for €1.725bn. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval and a consultative process with the relevant employee works councils, is expected to be completed before the end of the year. 
22/06/2006
Cescau confirms transformation will deliver long-term ambition
Unilever CEO Patrick Cescau today joined other industry leaders at a conference in Paris. He spoke about the long-term transformation of the business, how he would sustain current performance, and the long-term strategy for value creation.
06/06/2006
Unilever awards HR outsourcing contract to Accenture
Unilever today announced that it has awarded its global Human Resources outsourcing contract to Accenture.
30/05/2006
Unilever & World Food Programme join forces in fight against child hunger
Unilever and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a new partnership in the fight against child hunger.
30/05/2006
Unilever launches global 'Choices' programme with front of pack logo
In line with its Vitality mission, Unilever is launching Choices, a front of pack logo programme designed to help consumers across the world to easily identify packaged foods and beverages that offer a healthier choice.
22/05/2006
Unilever PLC - Share capital consolidation update
Unilever plc confirms that the consolidation of its share capital approved by its shareholders at the Annual General Meeting held on 9 May 2006 was finalised at the close of business on 19 May 2006.
22/05/2006
Unilever NV stock split effective today
Unilever N.V. confirms that the resolutions of the 8 May 2006 Unilever N.V. shareholders' meeting (i) to redenominate the outstanding Unilever N.V. share capital into euro, (ii) to split the Unilever N.V. ordinary shares and the depositary receipts thereof 3 to 1, and (iii) to dematerialise the Unilever N.V. shares (and the depositary receipts thereof), have been implemented today.
09/05/2006
Unilever N.V. AGM resolutions have become effective
Unilever N.V. today announced that, subsequent to the adoption by the Unilever PLC shareholders of similar proposals, all resolutions adopted in Unilever N.V.'s AGM yesterday relating to the strengthening of Unilever's corporate governance and structure have become effective.
09/05/2006
Unilever plc Annual General Meeting approves all resolutions
Unilever PLC shareholders today approved all resolutions put to the annual general meeting and the separate meeting of ordinary shareholders in London. Voting was by poll on each resolution and the results are set out below.
08/05/2006
Unilever NV Annual General Meeting approves all resolutions
Rotterdam, 8 May - Unilever NV shareholders today approved all resolutions put to the Annual General Meeting in Rotterdam.
02/05/2006
Unilever sells Finesse & Aqua Net hair care brands
Unilever announced today that it has sold its Finesse hair care brand in the US and Canada, and its Aqua Net brand in the US, to Lornamead Brands Inc.
11/04/2006
Unilever & World Heart Federation continue global partnership to improve heart health
Unilever is today pleased to announce the continuation of its partnership with the World Heart Federation to improve heart health. The partnership was first established in 2003 and over the past three years has focused on increasing awareness of heart disease and its risk factors, to both the public and healthcare professionals.
10/04/2006
Unilever awards outsourcing contract to Accenture
Unilever today announced that it has awarded an outsourcing contract to Accenture to manage parts of its European IT operation. This follows the announcement in December on outsourcing its financial transactional services to IBM.
20/03/2006
Unilever sells Mora to Ad Van Geloven
Unilever and Ad van Geloven have reached a definitive agreement on the sale of Mora, a Unilever subsidiary.
07/03/2006
Annual General Meeting announcement
Annual General Meeting announcement
09/02/2006
Unilever to divest majority of European Frozen Food business - Italian Frozen Foods business retained
Unilever today announced that it had decided to put the majority of its Frozen Foods businesses in Europe up for sale. It decided to retain its Frozen Food operations in Italy.
23/12/2005
Unilever signs 7 year contract with IBM for financial transactional services outsourcing
Unilever today announced it has signed a contract to outsource significant parts of its financial transactional services to IBM. This agreement covers more than 20 European countries and is part of the One Unilever programme, which aims to streamline the organisation in order to increase competitiveness in the marketplace and step up growth.
20/12/2005
Unilever & Ad van Geloven expect to reach agreement on sale of Mora
Unilever today announced that it intends to sell Mora to snack producer Ad van Geloven for an undisclosed sum.
19/12/2005
New Unilever pension asset pooling vehicle - univest launched
Unilever has announced the establishment of Univest, a new pension asset pooling vehicle which gives the opportunity to leverage the strengths of Unilever and its national-based pension funds.  
19/12/2005
Unilever retains and strengthens its dual structure
The Board of Unilever today announces the outcome of the final stage of its review of corporate governance and structure. Two previous stages concentrated on its board and leadership structure.
15/12/2005
Unilever financial calendar 2006
The payment timetable for Unilever 2005 final dividends and the 2006 interim dividends on ordinary shares.
18/11/2005
Dutch supreme court dismisses appeal by Unilever against decision by enterprise chamber to order an inquiry
Rotterdam, 18 November.- The Dutch Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal by Unilever N.V. against the decision taken by the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal to start an inquiry with regard to the NLG 0.10 preference shares Unilever N.V.
03/10/2005
Share buy-back statement
Unilever PLC and Unilever NV announce the commencement of the share buy-back programme of up to €500 million aggregate market value in shares in the capital of Unilever NV and/or Unilever PLC announced in February 2005.
16/09/2005
Unilever to conduct study into strategic options for its European frozen foods business
Unilever has decided to undertake a study into strategic options for the future of its frozen foods business in Western Europe.
16/09/2005
Unilever to conduct study into strategic options for its European frozed foods business
Unilever has decided to undertake a study into strategic options for the future of its frozen foods business in Western Europe.
14/07/2005
Cancellation & delisting Unilever N.V. NLG 0.10 cumulative preference shares effective
All outstanding cumulative preference shares each with a nominal value of NLG 0.10 (approximately EUR 0.05*) in the share capital of Unilever N.V. were cancelled at midnight yesterday CET.
11/07/2005
Unilever completes sale of prestige fragrance business to COTY
Unilever today announced the completion of the sale of its prestige fragrance business, Unilever Cosmetics International (UCI), to Coty Inc.
06/07/2005
Cancellation & delisting Unilever N.V. cumulative preference shares
On 10 May 2005, the general meeting of shareholders of Unilever N.V. resolved to cancel all outstanding cumulative preference shares each with a nominal value of NLG 0.10 (approximately EUR 0.05) in the share capital on Unilever N.V.
20/05/2005
Unilever agrees to sell prestige fragrance business to Coty
Unilever today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its global prestige fragrance business, Unilever Cosmetics International (UCI), to Coty Inc., of the United States.  
04/05/2005
Decision Enterprise Chamber on 5 Eurocents Preference Shares Unilever N.V.
Decision Enterprise Chamber on 5 Eurocents Preference Shares Unilever N.V.
04/05/2005
Unilever N.V. 5 Eurocents preference shares
Further to the announcement on 3 May Unilever N.V. announces that a request has been submitted to the Companies Division of the Amsterdam Court regarding the 5 eurocents preference shares Unilever N.V.
03/05/2005
Trade suspended in 5 eurocents preference shares Unilever N.V
Trade in the 5 eurocents preference shares of Unilever N.V. on the Amsterdam stock exchange has been suspended until Wednesday afternoon May 4 next at the request of Unilever N.V.
30/03/2005
IFRS Reporting changes
Rotterdam, 30 March.- In line with prevailing best practice, Unilever has today posted its previously published 2004 results in accordance with IFRS.
21/03/2005
Unilever NV files appeal with Dutch Supreme Court
Unilever NV files appeal with Dutch Supreme Court against decision by Enterprise Chamber to order an inquiry.
10/02/2005
Unilever streamlines its leadership structure
Unilever today announces a series of significant changes to streamline its management and leadership. 
10/02/2005
Unilever N.V. to convert 5 Eurocents preference shares
The Board of Unilever N.V. today announced it has decided to convert the 5 Eurocents preference shares Unilever N.V. of 1999 into Unilever N.V. ordinary shares on 15 February 2005 after close of trading.
21/12/2004
Unilever cooperates with Enterprise Chamber inquiry
In a decision today the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal has decided to start an inquiry with regard to the 5 euro cents preference shares in Unilever N.V.
15/12/2004
Unilever Portugal restructures Foods businesses
Unilever today announced that it will be restructuring its Portuguese foods business with its current joint venture partner, Jerónimo Martins Group.
01/12/2004
Unilever sells frozen pizza business
Unilever today announced that it has signed definitive agreements to sell its frozen pizza business and baguette business to Dr Oetker of Bielefeld, Germany for an undisclosed sum, subject to regulatory approval where required.
05/11/2004
Unilever awards European media planning & buying account to MindShare
Unilever has decided to award its account for planning and buying media across Europe to MindShare in most of those countries where it does not already hold the responsibility - subject to finalising the terms of the Agreement. In the majority of markets, this will be effective from 1 January 2005.
25/10/2004
Unilever's 2004 third quarter results telephone conference call / webcast
Unilever's third quarter results and interim dividend for 2004 will be published at 08:00hrs. NL/07:00 hrs. UK time on Wednesday, 27 October 2004.
20/09/2004
Unilever trading update
Unilever is revising its earnings guidance reflecting a determination to return the business to growth. We now expect low single digit earnings per share growth (beia) for the full year 2004.
19/09/2004
Unilever Pension Fund announcement
Nigel Biggs has been appointed as Head of UK Pensions at Unilever, with effect from 1 January 2004, succeeding Chris Lewin who will be retiring from Unilever at the end of 2003.
19/08/2004
Unilever Nederland bundles the activities of all operating companies in Rotterdam
Unilever Nederland plans to create a new 'Unilever Nederland operating company' in the second quarter of 2005, combining the existing three consumer operating companies. 
26/07/2004
Unilever's 2004 second quarter and first half year results telephone conference call / webcast
Unilever's second quarter and first half year results for 2004 will be published at 0700hrs (London time) on Wednesday, July 28 2004.
19/07/2004
Unilever North Africa announcement
Unilever today confirmed that Rachid Mohammed Rachid, Business President North Africa, Middle East & Turkey (NAMET), was this week appointed to the Government of Egypt as Minister of Industry & Foreign Trade.
28/04/2004
Unilever announces results for Q1 2004
Unilever today announced its first quarter results for 2004.
26/04/2004
Unilever's 2004 first quarter results teleconference
Unilever's first quarter results for the year 2004 will be published at 0700hrs (London time) on Wednesday, April 28 2004.
26/04/2004
Anthonie Stal succeeds Anthony Simon as President Marketing Foods Division
Anthony Simon, currently President Marketing Foods Division, will retire on 1 August from Unilever after 36 years of distinguished service to Unilever and Bestfoods.
26/03/2004
Unilever extends listing of €0.05 preference shares
Unilever announces today that it has decided, in consultation with Euronext, to extend the listing of the Unilever N.V. €0.05 preference shares (‘Prefs’) until, at the latest, the moment these Prefs are redeemed by Unilever.
24/03/2004
Unilever to convert €0.05 N.V. preference shares during Q1 2005
Unilever announced today that it intends to exercise its option to convert its €0.05 N.V. preference shares into ordinary Unilever N.V. shares during the first quarter of 2005. The conversion will follow the terms stipulated in the original information memorandum and in Unilever’s Articles of Association.
12/03/2004
Unilever introduces new corporate brand
The new Unilever brand was introduced today. It will support the launch of the company's new Vitality mission, announced on February 12, when Unilever set its future direction.
10/03/2004
Bernd Ellmann to become President Ice Cream and Frozen Foods Europe
Bernd Ellmann (56) has been appointed Business Group President, Ice Cream and Frozen Foods Europe, with effect from 1 June 2004. He succeeds Kees van der Graaf, who has been nominated a Member of the Board and who will become Foods Director.
09/03/2004
Unilever agrees sale of Mexican edible oil business
Unilever Mexico has agreed to sell its edible oils and white fats business to a Mexican subsidiary of Associated British Foods plc, for US$110 million cash. Subject to regulatory approval, the transaction is expected to be completed within two months.
12/02/2004
Unilever puts vitality at core of new mission
As it enters the final year of its Path to Growth programme Unilever has today unveiled its new mission taking it beyond 2004.
12/02/2004
Unilever Board changes
Niall FitzGerald KBE will retire from the Boards of Unilever PLC and N.V. and from the Chairmanship of Unilever PLC and the Vice-Chairmanship of Unilever N.V., on 30th September 2004.  He will by that time have served Unilever for 37 years.
11/02/2004
Unilever’s 2003 full year results and path to growth progress & delivery of value beyond 2004 telephone conference call / webcast
Unilever’s fourth quarter and provisional full year results for the year 2003 will be published at 0700hrs (London time) on Thursday, February 12 2004.  The following teleconference and webcast arrangements are in place:
29/01/2004
Unilever submits plans for redevelopment of Unilever House headquarters
Unilever has submitted a planning application to the City of London Corporation for the redevelopment of its landmark Unilever House headquarters in Blackfriars.
26/01/2004
Unilever Chairman calls for fresh EU push on Doha trade round
Niall FitzGerald, Chairman of Unilever, today urged the EU to respond quickly and positively to the recent US initiative on the WTO Doha development round.
12/01/2004
Unilever financial calendar 2004
The payment timetable for Unilever 2003 final dividends and the 2004 interim dividends will be as follows:
09/01/2004
Unilever appointments
Unilever announced today that Harish Manwani (50), currently president of Home and Personal Care, Latin America, will succeed Charles Strauss as president of Home and Personal Care, North America, with effect from March 1 2004. It was announced earlier this week that Mr Strauss, a director of Unilever, will retire from the boards of Unilever N.V. and Unilever PLC in May.
05/01/2004
Unilever board announcement
Unilever announces that Charles Strauss (61 years) has expressed the wish to retire from the boards of Unilever N.V. and Unilever PLC following the annual general meetings on May 12, 2004.  At that time he will have served Unilever for 18 years, the last four of them as a director.
10/12/2003
Unilever positive about Dutch corporate governance code
Unilever noted with much appreciation the definitive version of the Dutch Corporate Governance Code that was presented today by the Tabaksblat Committee.
04/12/2003
Transatlantic Business Dialogue announces 2004–5 co-chairs
The Coca-Cola Company's Douglas N. Daft and Unilever's Niall FitzGerald will lead revitalised TABD.
03/12/2003
Honorary doctorate for Antony Burgmans
Antony Burgmans, chairman of Unilever N.V., has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws (LL.D.) at Lancaster University in recognition of his distinguished career in business with Unilever and as a leading international figure in the management discipline.
03/12/2003
Board of directors and management advisory committee for Pepsi Lipton International JV announced
Unilever and PepsiCo announced today the following appointments to the Board of their joint venture Pepsi Lipton International.
07/11/2003
Antony Burgmans, Unilever Chairman: Tackling overweight, a task for society as a whole
"Obesity or overweight is a growing problem of worldwide proportions and one that can only be solved if all those concerned work together and accept their responsibility. Unilever, as one of the big companies in the foods industry, recognised the problem a long time ago and drew up a policy in which extra attention is focused on 'good for you' products."
03/11/2003
Unilever agrees sale of Ambrosia to Premier Foods
Unilever has agreed to sell its Ambrosia and Brown & Polson businesses to Premier Foods for an undisclosed sum. Completion is expected at the end of November following consultation with employees.
24/10/2003
Luxembourg court rules against Irish cabinet exclusivity
The Court of First Instance in Luxembourg has today (Thursday October 23) ruled in favour of the European Commission's decision banning Unilever's Irish ice cream business, HB Ice Cream, from seeking freezer cabinet exclusivity for their products in the Irish market.
20/10/2003
Unilever trading update
Unilever reports continuing strong margin improvement and reconfirms low double-digit growth in earnings per share (beia) for the year but with growth of its leading brands now expected to be below 3%.
14/10/2003
Unilever and Pepsico create "Pepsi Lipton International" RTD tea joint venture in selected international markets
Unilever and PepsiCo have created a joint venture to expand significantly the marketing and distribution in selected markets of Unilever's range of Lipton ready-to-drink (RTD) tea — strengthening Lipton's lead position within the fast-growing $23bn (€23bn) global RTD tea market.
25/09/2003
Unilever donates prize money to initiatives concerned with sustainable agriculture
Unilever has decided to double the Royal Award for Food Innovation prize money to €40 000 and to donate it to three initiatives that encourage sustainable agriculture.
10/09/2003
Unilever agrees to sell its US and Canada oral care brands to Church & Dwight
Unilever today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its oral care brands in the United States and Canada to Church & Dwight of Princeton, NJ.
04/09/2003
Unilever positive about draft code of Tabaksblat Committee
Unilever largely endorses the principles of the draft code for corporate governance that was presented by the Tabaksblat Committee.
25/07/2003
Unilever's 2003 second quarter and first half year results
Unilever’s second quarter and first half year results for 2003 will be published at 0700hrs (London time) on Wednesday, July 30 2003.
23/07/2003
Unilever pre-results update
Despite a tougher business environment, Unilever has re-affirmed it expects to meet its earnings outlook for the year 2003. This is despite a slower than expected first-half sales performance and a revised outlook for leading brand growth of some 4% for the year.
19/07/2003
Unilever pre-results update
As previously announced, Unilever will be holding its planned pre-results update on Monday, June 23, ahead of the 2003 Second Quarter and First Half Year Results on Wednesday, July 30 2003.
09/06/2003
Unilever Chairman welcomes government intention to remove obstacles to Euro entry
Niall FitzGerald KBE, Chairman of Unilever responds to the Government’s announcement that it intends to address the obstacles standing in the way of meeting its five economic tests and keep open the prospect of a referendum in this Parliament.
27/05/2003
European Competitiveness in a Global Context by Niall FitzGerald
Speech by Niall FitzGerald KBE, Chairman of Unilever at CBI Brussels Dinner, 27th May 2003
27/05/2003
Unilever Chairman calls on Prime Minister to recommend euro entry
Unilever chairman Niall FitzGerald calls on Prime Minister Tony Blair to follow his instincts on the euro and recommend Britain's entry into the single currency.
15/05/2003
Unilever to sell Purfleet edible oil refinery
Unilever announced today that it is to sell its Van den Bergh Oils business in the UK, to Pura Foods Ltd, a subsidiary of ADM International Ltd, as part of its Path to Growth strategy to focus on leading brands.
05/05/2003
Unilever rejects accusation of using child labour
Some time ago NGOs (including the India Committee of the Netherlands, the FNV trade union federation, Amnesty International and Novib) brought the working conditions in hybrid cottonseed production in India to Unilever’s attention.
17/04/2003
Unilever's Q1 2003 Quarterly Results
Unilever’s results for the first quarter of 2003 will be announced in the usual way on Friday, 2 May 2003 at 08.00 hours Continental European Time.
20/03/2003
Pre-result update Monday 24 March 2003
As previously announced, Unilever will be holding its planned pre-results update on Monday, 24 March ahead of the 2003 first quarter results on Friday, 2 May 2003.
07/03/2003
Unilever annual meetings: shareholders approve all resolutions
Unilever shareholders today approved all resolutions put to the annual general meetings in Rotterdam and London.
07/03/2003
Unilever Chairman Niall FitzGerald addresses shareholders
Speaking at the annual meeting of Unilever PLC today, chairman Niall FitzGerald addressed three topical issues: international trade, corporate governance, and pensions.
06/03/2003
Unilever announces biggest ever investment in ice cream category
Unilever today unveiled plans to shake up the ice cream market and strengthen its global leadership by boosting its €5 billion global ice cream business.
18/02/2003
Unilever to acquire outstanding shares in Asian foods joint venture
Unilever is further strengthening its foods operations across the fast growing Asia market with an agreement to acquire the outstanding shares in CPC/Aji Asia, a 50–50 joint venture with activities in six countries, from Ajinomoto Co. Inc., Japan.
10/02/2003
Q4 and provisional full year results 2002 teleconference/webcast
Unilever’s fourth quarter and provisional full year results for the year 2002 will be published at 0700hrs (London time) on Thursday, February 13 2003.
30/01/2003
Unilever's provisional annual results and dividend
Unilever’s provisional annual results and the proposed final dividend for 2002 will be announced in the morning of Thursday, 13 February, at 08.00 hours Continental European Time.
09/01/2003
Unilever plans sale of French home-vending operation
Unilever announced today its intention to sell to Toupargel its Frigedoc business in order to focus its French ice cream and frozen foods business behind its leading brands.
16/12/2002
Q4 2002 pre-close teleconference
As previously announced, Unilever will be holding its planned pre-close teleconference on Wednesday, December 18, ahead of the 2002 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results on Thursday, February 13 2003.
02/12/2002
Unilever sells shareholding in Malaysian palm oil estates to Palmco
Unilever announced today that it has reached agreement to sell its shareholdings in Unipamol Malaysia Sdn. Bhd and Pamol Plantations Sdn Bhd (the Pamol Group) to Palmco of Malaysia, a subsidiary of IOI Corporation for € 152m.
22/11/2002
Unilever agrees to sell Iberia Foods
Unilever today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Iberia Foods business to an affiliate of the Brooklyn Bottling Group ("BBG") of Brooklyn, New York. The sale of this distributor of food and cleaning products to Hispanic-American consumers is expected to be completed by year end. Financials terms of the deal are not being disclosed.
05/11/2002
Unilever issues 30 year US$1 billion bond
Unilever through its wholly owned subsidiary Unilever Capital Corporation rated A1 (stable) / A+ (stable) priced today a $1 billion 30 year SEC registered Global Bond. The issue is guaranteed jointly and severally by Unilever N.V., Unilever PLC and Unilever United States, Inc.
04/11/2002
Unilever signs its largest ever IT deal
Unilever has signed its largest ever IT deal – worth €1 billion – with BT for the provision of global voice, data and mobile services.
31/10/2002
Basis for innovation under threat in the Netherlands
 ‘There is a threat that the knowledge infrastructure that is needed as a basis for an innovative climate that encourages companies to carry out R&D in the Netherlands may start to crumble away.’These words were spoken today by Unilever chairman Antony Burgmans at the annual presentation of the Unilever Research Prizes in Vlaardingen.
28/10/2002
Unilever's 2002 Q3 results telephone conference call / webcast
Unilever’s third quarter results and interim dividends for 2002 will be published at 08:00 hrs. NL/07:00 hrs. UK time on Wednesday, 30 October 2002.
16/10/2002
Q3 2002 Unilever results
Unilever's results for the third quarter and the interim dividend for 2002 will be announced in the morning of Wednesday 30 October, at 08.00 hours Continental European Time.
08/10/2002
The Unilever Series at Tate Modern - a five year £1.25m sponsorship with creativity at its heart
For the third year, the Unilever Series sponsorship at Tate Modern has enabled an internationally-renowned artist to create a new, inspirational work of art for the gallery’s massive Turbine Hall. It also allows Tate Modern to continue to offer the public a dramatic new installation free of charge each year.
30/09/2002
Unilever to invest €170M in corporate venturing
Unilever is to invest €170 million in building business opportunities close to its core business interests in Foods and Home and Personal Care.
13/09/2002
Unilever issues a new five year Eurobond
Unilever issues a five year Eurobond of €1 billion.
30/08/2002
Sale of Loders Croklaan Imminent
Unilever announced today that it will sell its international speciality oils and fats business, Loders Croklaan Group to IOI Corporation Berhad of Malaysia for € 217 million in cash. Discussions between the two firms are sufficiently advanced for official procedures with the Works Council and Trade Unions in the Netherlands to be started.
17/07/2002
Second quarter and first half year results 2002
Unilever’s results for the second quarter and first half year of 2002 will be announced in the usual way on Wednesday, 31 July 2002 at 08.00 hours Continental European Time.
08/07/2002
Henning Rehder appointed Unilever group treasurer
Unilever has appointed Mr Henning Rehder (49) as Group Treasurer. He succeeded Mr Jan Haars, who has accepted a position at TPG N.V. Henning Rehder assumed his new role on 1 July 2002.
20/06/2002
Unilever's Q2 pre-close teleconference, 24 June 2002
As previously announced, Unilever will be holding its planned pre-close teleconference on Monday, June 24, ahead of the 2002 Second Quarter and First Half Year Results on Wednesday, July 31 2002.
06/06/2002
Unilever issues fixed rate note
Unilever launched a Eurobond of US$650 million today.
27/05/2002
Unilever signs largest advertising deal in UK media history
The largest advertising deal of its kind in the UK – worth £320 million (€500m) – has been signed by Unilever with Carlton Sales and Granada Media Sales.
15/05/2002
Bring down OECD trade barriers in interests of consumers
Unilever chairman calls for "fairer world trading system"
08/05/2002
International trade and investment critical to developing countries says Unilever chairman
International businesses have a role to play in tackling the "woefully inadequate conditions" in which far too many in developing countries live, says Niall FitzGerald, chairman of Unilever.
08/05/2002
Unilever AGMs: shareholders approve all resolutions
Unilever shareholders today approved all resolutions put to the annual general meetings in Rotterdam and London.
06/05/2002
Unilever completes sale of DiverseyLever to Johnson Wax Professional
Unilever today announced the completion of the sale of its DiverseyLever institutional and industrial cleaning business to Johnson Wax Professional. The transaction is valued at €1,725 million.
02/05/2002
Unilever plans sale of Loders Croklaan Group
Unilever announced today that it intends to sell its international speciality oils and fats business, Loders Croklaan Group, as part of its Path to Growth strategy which focuses on core activities.
01/05/2002
Jeroen van der Veer appointed Unilever advisory director
Mr Jeroen van der Veer (54) has been appointed an Advisory Director of Unilever with effect from 1 May 2002. He will serve as a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees.
24/04/2002
Unilever's first quarter results 2002 telephone conference call/webcast
Rotterdam, 24 April.- Unilever’s first quarter results for the year 2002 will be published at 08:00 hrs. NL/07:00 hrs. UK time on Friday, 26 April 2002.
23/04/2002
Unilever sells Mazola and other North American food brands to ACH Food Companies Inc. for €406 million (US$360 million)
Unilever today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell 19 food brands sold across North America to ACH Food Companies, Inc., of Memphis, Tennessee, a subsidiary of Associated British Foods plc. Unilever will receive €406 million (US$360 million) in cash in a transaction expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2002, subject to regulatory approvals and certain other conditions.
14/04/2002
Unilever announces alliance with JC Decaux
Unilever, the world's largest advertiser, today announced that it has entered into a long term pan-European outdoor advertising alliance with JCDecaux. The alliance involves the utilisation of JCDecaux’s outdoor networks and a commitment to develop a strategic partnership in Developing & Emerging markets.
12/04/2002
Unilever Q1 2002 results
Unilever’s results for the first quarter of 2002 will be announced in the usual way on Friday, 26 April 2002 at 08.00 hours Continental European Time.
11/04/2002
Unilever chairman Antony Burgmans calls for action on food safety and sustainable agriculture
Unilever chairman Antony Burgmans today called for an integrated approach on food safety and sustainable agriculture.
25/03/2002
Anish Kapoor to create next work for Unilever Series at Tate Modern
Tate and Unilever today announced that Indian-born, British artist Anish Kapoor is to undertake the third in The Unilever Series of commissions for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern.
25/03/2002
Unilever teleconference presentation
"Unilever comfortable with outlook for the year for earnings and leading brand growth"
21/03/2002
Q1 2002 pre-close teleconference: Monday 25 March 2002
As previously announced, Unilever will be holding its planned pre-close teleconference on Monday, 25 March, ahead of the 2002 First Quarter Results on Friday, 26 April 2002.
12/03/2002
Unilever to boost sponsorship spend?
Unilever is considering a dramatic increase in the amount it allocates to sponsorship within the $4 billion spent annually on communicating to consumers. A world-wide training programme is being launched to examine the options and help its marketers and agencies make better, more efficient and more effective use of sponsorship.
01/02/2002
New Unilever corporate website is launched
Unilever.com has been redesigned and relaunched with facilities that will make it easier for visitors to our site to find the information they need, more quickly.
31/01/2002
Provisional annual results and dividend
Unilever’s provisional annual results and proposed final dividend to be announced on Thursday, 14 February 2002.
29/01/2002
Unilever dividend timetable 2002
The payment timetable for Unilever 2001 final dividends and the 2002 interim dividends has been announced.
16/01/2002
Niall FitzGerald calls for revival of European Economic Forum Programme
Unilever chairman Niall FitzGerald will today call for a renewed drive to make Europe the world's most competitive and dynamic economy. He will urge the European Union’s institutions, member states and businesses to use the successful roll-out of euro notes and coins as an opportunity to breathe new life into the ten-year programme of economic and social modernisation agreed by EU leaders at the Lisbon summit in March 2000.
20/11/2001
Sale of DiverseyLever: Background information
Additional information regarding the sale of Diversey Lever to Johnson Wax Professional
09/11/2001
Sale of Unilever refinery Unimills imminent
Today, Unilever in the Netherlands and Golden Hope Plantations Berhad in Malaysia announced that discussions between themselves regarding the sale of Unilever’s refinery business at Unimills, Zwijndrecht, the Netherlands to Golden Hope have reached a sufficiently advanced stage to start legal procedures with the Works Council and Trade Unions.
08/11/2001
Chairman Antony Burgmans announces Unilever Research Prize winners
“Tomorrow’s consumer is seeking health and well-being, individual solutions and indulgence. Applied market research and consumer science enable us to make a reliable estimate of what tomorrow’s consumer wants: vitality, convenience and pleasure.” These words were spoken today by Antony Burgmans, chairman of Unilever, during the annual presentation of the Unilever Research Prizes in Vlaardingen.
19/10/2001
Third quarter and interim results 2001
Unilever's results for the third quarter and the interim dividend for 2001 will be announced on Friday, 2 November, at 08.00 hours Continental European Time.
06/09/2001
IgloMora to sell Van Lieshout meat snacks
IgloMora, a Unilever subsidiary, plans to sell part of its snack activities, Van Lieshout Vleessnacks (Meat Snacks). This involves the Van Lieshout brand and a factory in Helmond.
11/06/2001
New culture secretary attends unveiling of second in Unilever Series at Tate Modern
Unilever Chairman Niall FitzGerald today 'unveiled' the second sculpture in The Unilever Series, an annual art commission sponsored by Unilever, at Tate Modern.
26/04/2001
Juan Muñoz to create next work for Unilever Series at Tate Modern
Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz, renowned for his works situating the human figure within elaborate or complex architectural settings, is the second artist to be commissioned for The Unilever Series at Tate Modern. His challenge will be to follow Louise Bourgeois in creating a work for the 155 metres long x 35 metres high (500 x 115 feet) Turbine Hall. The new installation by Munoz will open on 12 June 2001.
25/04/2001
2001 first quarter results telephone conference call / webcast
Unilever’s first quarter results for 2001 will be published at 08.00 hrs. NL/07.00 hrs. UK on Friday, 27 April 2001.
19/02/2001
Unilever Acquisitions and Disposals in 2000
In addition to the purchase of Bestfoods Unilever made 19 acquisitions in 2000.
12/02/2001
Management change Bestfoods Benelux B.V.
Mr J.F.B. Masselink (59), president and CEO of Bestfoods Benelux B.V., has decided to conclude his career after heading the Benelux organisation for almost 20 years.

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