Company Score

Industry Household & Personal Products
Country Netherlands
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 1488
Impact Notes 36
SDG Covered 14 out of 17

Unilever is a British-Dutch consumer goods company with headquarters in the UK and the Netherlands. Its products include food and beverages, cleaning agents, beauty products, and personal care products. It is Europe’s seventh most valuable company. Unilever products are available in around 190 countries and it owns over 400 brands, including Axe/Lynx, Dove, Hellmann's, Knorr, Lipton, Lux, Magnum, Rexona/Degree, Sunsilk and Surf.

Read about Unilever and its impact below.

Impact notes

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Unilever boycotts Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to stop online hate-speech

Profile thesamtamayo
Icon time Thu Jul 9th, 2020 at 2:27pm

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.

Good Health and Well-being

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

Profile akayyangar
Icon time Mon Jun 22nd, 2020 at 9:11am

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.

Clean Water and Sanitation

Unilever is helping provide safe drinking water in Bangladesh

Profile Joost
Icon time Wed May 27th, 2020 at 7:22am

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.

Decent work and Economic Growth

Unilever's Kabisig Summits enable 233,000 small store owners in the Philippines to grow their business by 10% annually

Profile avanish.singh
Icon time Tue May 19th, 2020 at 12:00pm

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.

Gender Equality

Unilever's Indian Subsidiary aims to financially empower rural women and provide livelihood opportunities

Profile Abhishek
Icon time Tue May 5th, 2020 at 5:36am

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.