Unilever boycotts Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to stop online hate-speech
The rise of social media has led to a revolutionary way of connecting and sharing information with billions of people across the globe. According to Our World in Data, 3.5 billion people are found online with 2.4 billion of them using Facebook.1 With its tremendous scope and reach, Facebook has been described as “the most significant advance in persuasion since the radio was invented in the 1890s”. 2 However, it has been widely criticized for its inaction against discrimination, racism, and hate speech among others.
Unilever’s India arm Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) donates over 74,000 testing kits, 29 ventilators and thousands of other equipment to combat COVID-19
Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), Unilever’s India arm, is the country’s largest FMCG company 7. At the number of COVID-19 positive cases in India are skyrocketing despite the lockdown 1 and many places in the country facing a shortage of critical infrastructure 2, the company has stepped in to assist state governments and healthcare players by providing ventilators, testing kits and other equipment. This move complements the government's decision to ramp up testing when 80% of the cases are found to be asymptomatic in the country 11. HUL had recently committed INR 100 crore (≈ USD 13.1 million) in this regard towards helping the country fight the pandemic 3.
Unilever is helping provide safe drinking water in Bangladesh
The water crisis is a health crisis. In 2017, 785 million people – 1 in 9 – lack access to safe water. This lack results in nearly 1 million people dying each year from water, sanitation and hygiene-related diseases 1.
Unilever's Kabisig Summits enable 233,000 small store owners in the Philippines to grow their business by 10% annually
Women own over 90% of the retail outlets in the Philippines 1. They are referred to as sari-sari shops that sell essentials on the streets 2. The store owners are not part of any group or chain and, therefore, lack business management and sales strategies 1. Many owners shut down their stores because of a lack of skills 4.
Unilever's Indian Subsidiary aims to financially empower rural women and provide livelihood opportunities
Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), an Indian subsidiary of Unilever, runs 'Project Shakti' under its CSR initiative with an aim to financially empower women in rural India and provide them with livelihood opportunities. Thus, promoting Gender Equality and Women Empowerment.