Dubai Business Women Council signs Collaboration Agreement with Unilever

UAE, Dubai, November 26, 2013 - Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC) has signed a strategic Collaboration Agreement with Unilever with an intent to further cultivate the relationship between both organizations and to promote the diversity and inclusion agenda within the private sector.

Under the terms of the agreement, both parties will collaborate on cross-functional business development to promote each other and provide mutual access to their services. They will use their respective social media channels and portals to jointly promote events, trainings, surveys, and news. The partnership will grant Unilever a window to interact with the members of DBWC, to conduct trainings, offer presentations, carry out surveys that would be beneficial for the members, and participate in the Council’s Network Majlis activities.

Mrs. Raja Easa Saleh Al Gurg, President, DBWC, said: “It has always been our endeavour to partner with leading firms that can add value to our members by offering business opportunities and appropriate exposure. Through our partnership with Unilever, we will be able to leverage their brand value to promote women entrepreneurship and encourage young women to make productive contributions towards the social and economic development of the country. Unilever is a valuable addition to our growing list of strategic partners and we look forward to a fruitful relationship with them.”

Unilever, in collaboration with DBWC, aims to encourage young female university students and mid career women to be successful entrepreneurs and business leaders so that they make worthy contribution towards the social and economic development of the UAE. The company will leverage the platform offered by the Council to create a positive impact and further empower young female students at universities across the UAE as well as DBWC’s members through their training modules, internship programs and presentations of inspiring case studies.

Arijit Ghose, Managing Director, Unilever Gulf, said: “To achieve our ambition of doubling the size of our business whilst reducing our environmental impact and increasing our positive social impact, Unilever is committed to building a diverse and engaged workforce. In Unilever Gulf, we are well on track in creating an enabling environment for women with the roll-out of our agile working policies and mentoring programs. This strategic collaboration with DBWC will help further strengthen our diversity agenda to assist in empowering our current and future female employees.”

About DBWC:

Founded in 2002, DBWC motivates women to be productive members of society, while encouraging role models to rise up from the ranks and inspire other women around the world, especially in the Arab region, to discover their true potential. DBWC organises a high-profile monthly event called the ‘Network Majlis’ to provide information about the latest knowledge, skills and best practices for women entrepreneurs and leaders. For more information about recent DBWC activities, log on to the Council’s Facebook page –

About Unilever:

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries. Our products are present in 7 out of 10 homes globally and are used by over 2 billion people on a daily basis. We work with 173,000 colleagues around the world, and we have generated annual sales of €51 billion in 2012. Over half of our company’s footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (57% in 2011). 

Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Our portfolio includes some of the world’s best known brands such as Knorr, Persil / Omo, Dove, Sunsilk, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Rexona / Sure, Wall’s, Lux, Rama, Ponds and Axe.

Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals are more than 50 time-based targets. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at

Unilever has been recognized in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes for 14 consecutive years. We are included in the FTSE4Good Index Series and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index. In 2011 Unilever led the Climate Counts Company Scorecard and for the second year topped the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan / Sustainability latest annual survey (2012). The company is an employer of choice in many of the countries in which it operates and is seen as a symbol for innovation and leadership development.

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