Unilever acquires The Vegetarian Butcher

Unilever is acquiring The Vegetarian Butcher. The acquisition fits with Unilever’s strategy to expand its portfolio into plant-based foods that are healthier and have a lower environmental impact. With this acquisition, Unilever is responding to the growing trend among consumers to increasingly opt for vegetarian and vegan meals. For The Vegetarian Butcher, the acquisition is the next step in its ambition to grow into ‘the largest butcher in the world’. Founder Jaap Korteweg: “Unilever’s international network across 190 countries, provides every opportunity to accomplish this.” Jaap Korteweg, a ninth-generation meat…

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UN Women with the support of Unilever creates global framework to increase safety of women in agricultural supply chains

“We are one. Raise your voice,” chant the women in unison, their orange saris a sharp contrast to the rich green tea leaves they help harvest from this Assam tea estate. All of them are proud members of the Jugnoo Club, a women’s group formed by plantation workers to inform managers on ways to improve the estates for the women and girls that make up more than 60% of the workforce. Jugnoo is an apt name for the club. It means ‘firefly’ in Hindi, and the club’s aim is to…

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Unilever Announces Effort to Provide Hygiene Services for Those Living on the Streets

Unilever has announced “The Right to Dignity”, a social mission and commitment to improving the health and well-being of people living on the streets. Unilever is partnering with mobile shower organizations across the country to help provide reliable, safe and free access to showers and other basic hygiene needs, services often unrecognized but proven to be critical in improving welfare. The launch was marked by a convening of a committed group of changemakers, advocates and experts united in their efforts to positively impact people experiencing homelessness, held in New York…

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Unilever to invest €100,000 in a crowdsourced solution as part of its drive to rethink plastic packaging

Unilever, manufacturer of leading household brands including Persil, CIF and Domestos, has announced that it will invest €100,000 in a new plastic-free laundry tablet. The crowdsourced innovation has the potential to replace single-use sachets of laundry powder, a popular format for laundry detergents in the developing world that is problematic in terms of plastic waste. The chosen idea was one of 10 new solutions to emerge from Unilever’s “Rethink Plastic” Hackathon, a one-day event that brought together Unilever teams with leading designers, innovators, venture capital and packaging experts. The Hackathon…

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Unilever CEO Announcement: Paul Polman to retire; Alan Jope appointed as successor

Unilever has announced that CEO Paul Polman has decided to retire from the company. Alan Jope, currently President, Beauty & Personal Care, has been appointed to the position, effective 1 January 2019, with Polman supporting the transition process during the first half of the year. Paul Polman has been Unilever CEO for over 10 years and has worked in the consumer goods industry for almost four decades. During his tenure, the company has delivered consistent top and bottom line growth ahead of its markets. Its focus on successfully pioneering a…

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