About Unilever

We’ve been pioneers, innovators and future-makers for over 120 years.

The success we’ve achieved means that, today, 2.5 billion people will use our products to feel good, look good and get more out of life.

Our brands give us a unique opportunity to create positive change, to grow our business, and to achieve our purpose of making sustainable living commonplace.

What we do

We make products that people love – and that make a difference.

Nutritious foods. Household care essentials. Indulgent ice creams. Refreshing teas. Luxurious shampoos. Affordable, disease-combating soaps... and many more.

In fact, we make around 400 much-loved brands. Shoppers buy them in more than 190 countries.

That means you’ll find at least one of our products in seven out of ten households on the planet. And we want every one of those products to make a positive impact on the lives of the people who buy them.

What we make

Many of our brands are familiar favourites all over the world.

Lipton, Knorr, Dove, Rexona, Hellmann’s, Omo – these are just some of the 12 Unilever brands with an annual turnover of more than €1 billion.

We use insight and innovation to make sure these brands perform for consumers.

And we make sure that our brands take action on the issues that consumers care about.

Why we do it

We want our business to flourish, and we know that our success depends on others flourishing around us.

That's why our purpose is to make sustainable living commonplace, and why sustainable, long-term growth is at the heart of our business model.

Follow our progress in our Sustainable Living Report, including how we’re meeting our three big goals:

  • Helping more than a billion people to improve their health and wellbeing.
  • Halving the environmental footprint of our products.
  • Sourcing 100% of our agricultural raw materials sustainably and enhancing the livelihoods of people across our value chain.

Purpose-led, Future-fit

The world doesn’t stand still – and neither do we.

Not only do we embrace change, we also seek to make it.

That applies to our brands – which achieve positive change through their purpose and value chains.

It also applies to our business – which we are making future-fit, faster and more flexible.

Our 155,000 employees in more than 100 countries are key to our success. They deliver our growth strategy and represent our purpose in action. Their insight and innovation drive us to anticipate and act on the trends shaping our industry and our world.

Together, we’re redefining the future of work – more diverse, more inclusive, highly skilled and high-performing. And as a company, we’re redefining the way business is done.

That’s how we'll make sustainable living commonplace.

Health & well-being

Help more than a billion people improve their health and well-being

Environmental impact
Enhancing livelihoods

Enhance the livelihoods of millions of people

These bold ambitions are the heart of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. Launched in 2010, it’s proving that responsible business is good business by driving growth and building trust, cutting costs and reducing risk.


of turnover growth in 2017 from our sustainable living brands

In 44

countries we are the ‘Most desired employer’


of energy costs avoided via eco-efficiency since 2008


agricultural raw materials sustainably sourced

Brands with big plans

Our Sustainable Living brands – those that have a clear purpose relating to a social or environmental concern, and contribute to the USLP – are inspiring people and making a genuine difference. For example, Dove helps young people build self-esteem, our Dirt is Good laundry brands encourage kids to enjoy real play, and Knorr is working to change the food system from farm to fork.


people reached with safe drinking water since 2005


people gained improved access to a toilet 2012-2016


people reached with oral health programmes since 2010

With partners we can do even more

Our global presence and deep roots in local cultures gives us the scale and influence to make an even bigger impact. But we can’t do it alone. That’s why we’re working with others in areas such as ending deforestation, improving people’s access to water, sanitation and hygiene, and training smallholders to farm sustainably. Collaboration is also key to women’s empowerment because this, we believe, is the single greatest enabler of human development and economic growth.

Recognised for our efforts


Top spot in the Personal Products sector of the 2017 Dow Jones Sustainability Index


Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the 2017 GlobeScan/SustainAbility annual survey

'A' Grade

For Climate Change, Water, Forests and Supplier Engagement in CDP's 2018 Global Supply Chain report

Recognition like this inspires us to do more and shows how we want to be more open, particularly in areas that matter most to you such as human rights, salt reduction and palm oil.