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Unilever is a multinational consumer goods company, created in 1929 by the merger of the Dutch margarine producer Margarine Unie and the British soap maker Lever Brothers. Today, it is one of the world's largest and oldest consumer goods businesses, producing personal care, home care, food and refreshment products, with a portfolio of over 400 brands available in 190 countries. Products are manufactured in Unilever’s 300 factories and by 700 third-party manufacturers, with an estimated 2.5 billion people globally using Unilever's products and brands. Recently, the company opened a new global Foods Innovation Centre on the campus of Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

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Governance and strategy

#1 10.0 /10 #1


#1 20.5 /30 #2


#1 17.5 /30 #2

Social inclusion

#1 23.7 /30 #1
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Segment Rank
Food and beverage manufacturers/processors #1

Segment ranking summary

As with the overall ranking, Unilever outperforms all companies in the food and beverage processing segment of the value chain, the only segment in which it is present, demonstrating leadership across the three dimensions of environment, nutrition and social inclusion. The company’s high levels of transparency and disclosure result in a consistent performance and recognition of its responsibilities across all benchmark measurement areas.

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Core social indicators

The core social indicators are part of the social inclusion measurement area. These indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.

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London, United Kingdom
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This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2.000 most influential companies

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