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Construction begins on new North West Innovation Centre
A groundbreaking ceremony marking the construction phase of the new Advanced Manufacturing Centre facility has taken place at the Unilever hub in Port Sunlight.
Unilever signs up to Living Wage Foundation
Unilever today announced it has achieved accreditation as a Living Wage Foundation employer covering its entire UK workforce.
Have you got an idea to save the world?
Unilever believes that given the chance and the right support, young people around the world can create powerful, positive movements for change.
There is no business case for enduring poverty
The UN launches its new Sustainable Development Goals this month – 17 ‘Global Goals’ which aim to ensure the health, safety and future of our planet in the next 15 years.
Unilever UK Confirmed As Official Partner For The Patron’s Lunch
PG tips & Wall’s ice cream support massive street party on the Mall to honour her majesty the queen
Unilever UK has been named winner of the Bupa Employee Wellbeing
Unilever UK was named winner of the Bupa Employee Wellbeing Award at Business in the Community’s 2015 Annual Responsible Business Gala in London.
WWF and Unilever announce partnership to inspire consumers and help protect a million trees
WWF and Unilever have announced a one-year, international partnership to engage consumers in the fight against deforestation – one of the key drivers of climate change – and help protect a million trees.
Unilever releases first-of-its-kind human rights report
June 2015: Today we are releasing our first report outlining our work on human rights, in which we share some of our successes and challenges, together with the lessons we’ve learned along the way.
Unilever UK encourages households to recycle
Unilever UK is celebrating Recycle Week 2015 by encouraging the event’s theme of raising awareness of items which can be recycled throughout the home.
1,000 London schools sign up to social action scheme
The Team London Young Ambassadors programme, supported by Unilever, has achieved a milestone goal of signing up 1,000 schools in just two years
Jean-Marc Huët to leave Unilever in October and Graeme Pitkethly to succeed him as Chief Financial Officer
London/Rotterdam - Unilever today announced that its Chief Financial Officer, Jean-Marc Huët, has decided to step down from his role and the Boards of Unilever PLC and Unilever N.V. Huët, 46. He will leave Unilever with effect from 1 October 2015.
Unilever saves 1 million tonnes of CO2 – and €244m
Unilever has reached a new milestone of 1 million tonnes of CO2 savings since 2008 in its manufacturing network, reducing energy consumption by 20%.
Unilever Sees Sustainability Supporting Growth
Unilever identifies growing evidence that integrating sustainability into business is driving growth, cost efficiency and resilience for the future 
Unilever partners with global sustainability movements
Partnership with Global Citizen and Live Earth supports Unilever’s ambition to make sustainable living commonplace
Unilever to acquire iconic British skincare brand REN Skincare
London/Rotterdam - Unilever announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire REN Skincare, the iconic British skincare brand.
Unilever innovation recognised as it tops European patents list
Unilever has topped the list of companies which file the most patents a year, according to the European Patent Office (EPO).
Unilever and Greenredeem announce long term partnership
Unilever UK and Greenredeem, the company that rewards people for everyday green actions, today announced a new partnership aimed to increase recycling rates and drive actions which help us to all live more sustainably.
Unilever Finalist In Opportunity Now Awards
Unilever has been recognised for its efforts in making gender equality a business priority by being put through to the Finalist stages in the Opportunity Now Excellence in Practice Awards 2015.
Prime Minister and Chancellor tour Port Sunlight hub
London - Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne today visited the Unilever hub in Port Sunlight to see first-hand how investments in innovation, manufacturing and information technology are creating an unparalleled global hub in the heart of the North West.
Unilever UK wins gold at Mumsnet Family Friendly awards
Unilever UK will collect a gold award at the Mumsnet Family Friendly awards ceremony in London today, presented by Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, for consistently meeting family friendly criteria for both for its employees and customers.
Unilever's european food business reaches 100% traceable, certified sustainable palm oil
London / Rotterdam - Unilever today published its sustainable palm oil progress report, highlighting significant steps forward in the traceability of palm oil from known sources.
Unilever UK advertises corporate brand on TV for first time as part of global campaign
For the first time in its more-than 125 year history, during a prime time X Factor advertising slot this weekend, Unilever UK will advertise its corporate umbrella brand on TV, as part of a global ‘Project Sunlight’ campaign, launching in five leading markets around the world.
Universities minister launches £65 million research facility
The Right Honourable Greg Clark, Minister of State for Universities Science and Cities, led a ground breaking ceremony today to officially launch the University of Liverpool and Unilever’s £65 million Materials Innovation Factory.
Alberto Road, Swansea factory closes with 98% of employees in new jobs
Today the Unilever personal care factory on Alberto Road, Swansea, closes its doors after 23 years of manufacturing, with an unprecedented employee redeployment rate of 98%.
The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers
Unilever is proud to announce that it has been voted the Graduate Employer of Choice in Marketing, Sales and Human Resources in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2014 survey.
Knorr provides one million school meals on World Food Day
London. 15th October 2014: On World Food Day (16th October 2014), Knorr is partnering with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) rallying people globally to pledge their support for building a world with zero hunger at Knorr will also support WFP’s ‘Home Grown School Meals Programme’ and provide one million nutritious, cooked meals for school children in Kenya, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Body anxiety traps millions in poor health
Figures released today (13 October) reveal that the pressure of trying to achieve an unrealistic ‘ideal body’ is trapping millions of people in the UK in an unhealthy cycle of depression, short-term dieting, cosmetic intervention and eating disorders.
Dove supports 100 Leading Ladies photographic exhibition, set to inspire the next generation of young female leaders
October 01, 2014: Dove is delighted to be supporting ‘100 Leading Ladies’, a photographic exhibition being held at London’s Somerset House from 2nd to 26th October 2014. The exhibition celebrates the achievements of senior women drawn from many different walks of life that provide inspiring role models for young girls. To celebrate the exhibition, Dove will host an evening event on the 6th October, where inspirational women, including those pioneering the work of the Dove Self Esteem Project*, will share their stories.
Unilever employees at work in the community to create a brighter future
Yesterday the phones and PCs at Unilever’s UK head office in Leatherhead, Surrey, fell silent as more than 500 employees headed out into the local community for the company’s second annual Bright Future Volunteering Day.
Unilever and IGD join forces for a more sustainable future
Last night, two of the grocery sector’s pioneering companies in sustainability shared a moment of celebration as Unilever presented IGD’s prestigious Sustainable Future Award 2014 to fellow exemplar company, Marks and Spencer.
More Unilever investment into Port Sunlight with latest R&D announcement
Unilever has today announced that it will open a new £24 million Advanced Manufacturing Centre in 2016 at its Research & Development facility in Port Sunlight. The new 6500m2 Advanced Manufacturing Centre will be approximately the size of a football pitch and will be unique within Unilever globally. The Centre will house a state-of-the-art pilot plant, which will allow scientists and engineers to test new ideas during new product development up to factory scale for personal care and homecare products.
Unilever supports national campaign to help young unemployed into work
This September, young people from across the UK will have the opportunity to gain the skills they need to get into work when they visit Unilever offices, factories and R&D sites in London, Kingston, Leeds, Leatherhead (Surrey), Port Sunlight (Wirral), Trafford Park (Greater Manchester) and Crumlin (south Wales).
Don’t bottle out of recycling, PLEDGE4PLASTICS instead
This September, Unilever is proudly supporting the Pledge 4 Plastics campaign, a government backed national initiative, which aims to get recycling back on the household agenda. The initiative is in response to challenging recycling targets set by UK Government for the packaging industry to double recycling levels in the next five years.
700 Port Sunlight volunteers recruited for the Great Send Off
On Sunday 7 September 2014, Unilever Port Sunlight employees will be joining members of the local community to recreate an event which took place 100 years ago as a reminder of the sacrifices people from this village made.
Colman’s celebrates 200 years
This month, Colman’s is celebrating its bicentenary, just seven years after the future of the UK’s only home-grown spice came under serious threat.
Unilever invests £6.9m into new R&D centre at Liverpool Science Park
Global consumer products manufacturer Unilever is to open an innovation space at Liverpool Science Park as part of a £6.9m project to facilitate cutting edge research into home and personal care products like Dove hair shampoo and Persil laundry liquid.
Three Port Sunlight apprentices make Unilever history
Unilever Port Sunlight R&D’s three most senior apprentices came of age this week, graduating from the University of Liverpool and becoming the first ever employees to complete Unilever’s R&D apprenticeship.
Unilever sells Slim-Fast to Kainos Capital
London & Rotterdam – Unilever today announced that it has sold its Slim-Fast brand to Kainos Capital. Unilever will retain a minority stake in the business.
Nick Johnson Appointed Head of Unilever Ireland
(23 June 2014) - Nick Johnson has been appointed Managing Director and Vice President (VP) Customer Development for Unilever Ireland, succeeding Jill Ross in the leadership role. Nick has held various senior posts since joining Unilever in 2011, most recently as Shopper Marketing and Category Management Director with Unilever UK, and will take up the new role in Ireland in July.
Unilever UK & Ireland announces changes to its board
Unilever, the consumer goods company with the ambition to make sustainable living commonplace, has today announced a series of changes to its UK & Ireland board.
£65 million research facility to open in Liverpool
The University of Liverpool and Unilever will open a state-of-the art £65 million Materials Innovation Factory (MIF) to accelerate research and reduce new product development times relevant to a range of sectors including Unilever’s Home Care and Personal Care Categories.
Unilever extends compressed aerosol technology to male deodorant brands
Over 40% of Unilever’s aerosol deodorant portfolio in UK and Ireland converted to sustainable format within 12 months of launchUnilever invests more than £20 million in Leeds deodorant factory
Unilever launches Project Sunlight – A new initiative to motivate people to live more sustainably
London/Rotterdam, 20th November 2013. Unilever is following up its Sustainable Living Plan with the launch of Unilever Project Sunlight, a new initiative to motivate millions of people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles. Project Sunlight aims to make sustainable living desirable and achievable by inspiring people to look at the possibilities of a world where everyone lives well and within the natural limits of the planet.
Unilever supports relief work in the Philippines
The Unilever Foundation is working with its global partners to provide emergency relief and help with longer-term rehabilitation
Unilever signs new saturated fat pledge
Unilever UK & Ireland has announced today it will be in the first cohort of signatories of the latest Responsibility Deal for Public Health pledge – the Saturated Fat pledge.
Unilever signs up to brand new saturated fat pledge
Unilever UK & Ireland has announced today it will be in the first cohort of signatories of the latest Responsibility Deal for Public Health pledge – the Saturated Fat pledge.
Revealed: Science Behind World’s First Clinically Proven Anti-Wrinkle Supplement
There is only one anti-wrinkle supplement on the market clinically proven to reduce lines and wrinkles and now, details of the clinical study behind the breakthrough skin product Dove Spa Strength Within have been published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.
Unilever in deal with Brandtone to drive mobile presence in key markets
London/Rotterdam - Unilever has signed a new deal with mobile marketing company, Brandtone, which will enable its brands to use the power of mobile and big data to build long-term one-to-one relationships with consumers, particularly in emerging markets, where mobile is a key tool to reach them - and to do so at scale.
Unilever Volunteering Day sees hundreds of employees support the local community
Last week more than 400 employees based at the Leatherhead, Surrey, head office of Unilever, gave their desks a day off in favour of supporting community groups and schools across  Surrey in the company’s first “U-Volunteer” day – a day dedicated to volunteering in the community.
Lifebuoy calls for hygiene to be recognised as a key intervention to reducing child mortality
New York – Unilever’s soap Lifebuoy today called for hygiene to be recognised as a key intervention to reducing child mortality, both in the last 900 days before the Millennium Development Goal deadline and in the post-2015 development agenda.
Unilever Ice Cream Bites Into The Snacking Market
Unilever Ice Cream is tapping into the continued growth of the Snacking market with a range of innovative new products from its number one Ice Cream brand, Magnum.Available to retailers now, Magnum After Dinner, Magnum Mini Pots and Magnum Mini Baileys provide consumers with an array of In Home options during the impending winter nights, for both indulgent mid-week treats as well as something to share with friends and family at weekends.
Unilever UK&I hosts Skills Minister to show young people putting employability skills into practice at Port Sunlight
Today Skills Minister Matthew Hancock visited the Unilever Port Sunlight site to lend his support to local young people taking part in a national skills campaign. Following a weekend of festivities as part of Port Sunlight’s 125th Anniversary Village Festival, Matthew Hancock took a tour of the factory and met Unilever apprentices from both the factory and R&D site.
Knorr Takes Masterbrand Status Online
Knorr, the number one food brand from Unilever UK, is re-launching its website as part of a wider marketing strategy for 2013 communicating the brand’s quality and taste credentials as a cooking masterbrand.
Unilever celebrates 125 years of manufacturing in Port Sunlight with launch of new, free history app
Unilever Archives– the Port Sunlight-based team of archivists responsible for preserving the company’s history – today has launched Unilever’s first corporate history app, Port Sunlight: Walking with William Lever, as part of the celebrations marking 125 years since William Lever began building the Port Sunlight works.
Unilever to acquire T2 premium tea business in Australia
London & Rotterdam – September 6, 2013. Unilever today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire T2, a premium Australian tea business for an undisclosed amount. T2 generated sales approaching AUS$57 million for the 12-month period ending June 30 2013.
Unilever celebrates 125 years of manufacturing in Port Sunlight
125 years since it built the Port Sunlight works to house the manufacturing of eponymous Sunlight Soap, global consumer goods company Unilever today has unveiled its plans to celebrate its landmark anniversary with the local community.
A mighty sales opportunity
Unilever UK launches BIGGEST EVER investment in Persil
Sweet New Sales With Alberto Balsam
Alberto Balsam is set to extend its portfolio this month by adding new variant Honey & Sweet Almond to its popular shampoo and conditioner range.
Brilliantly Repair Your Hair With Timotei
Timotei, the brand famous for striving to use more natural ingredients in its haircare products, is set to further expand its portfolio with the launch of a new shampoo and conditioner range.
Vaseline Shakes Up the Skin Category With First Ever Spray Lotion
Skincare expert Vaseline, is set to revolutionise the skincare category this July with the launch of NEW Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser - a new ground breaking spray format, set to make moisturising quicker, easier and more convenient.
Comfort and Persil Celebrate Royal Birth with Limited Edition Packs
Unilever UK is set to launch commemorative packs of its iconic mother and baby laundry brands, Comfort Pure and Persil Non-Bio Powder, to celebrate the birth of the royal heir. Available for retailer orders the day after the birth is confirmed, the limited edition packs will be available across all channels whilst stock lasts on a flow through basis*.
Magnum boosts sales with a kiss
Magnum, the number one ice cream brand from Unilever UK[1], is bolstering its OOH  chocolate snack offering with the addition of Magnum Kisses Meringue et Fruits Rouges to the Magnum Kisses OOH range, available to retailers from June.[1] IRI Data value sales April 2013
Bertolli strengthens taste credentials
Bertolli, the best-selling olive-based spread[1] from Unilever UK, has been awarded the Good Housekeeping stamp of approval, having achieved an overall score of 82% in consumer research.[1] IRI value sales May 2013 
Bertolli re-launches TV ad
Bertolli, the best-selling olive-based spread from Unilever UK[1], is re-launching its successful ‘beach scene’ TV ad. The creative will air from July 2013 and take the same format as the original 2006 run.[1] IRI Data May 2013
Elmlea whips up fresh new pack design
Elmlea, the dairy cream alternative brand from Unilever UK, has refreshed its entire portfolio with a bright new pack design. The refresh is being supported with a six figure marketing spend and is available to retailers now.
Unilever supports British athletics with advertising partnership of Sainsbury’s Summer Series
Unilever UK has confirmed today that it will become “Advertising Partners” for the Sainsbury’s Summer Series for the first time this year.
Unilever launches new apprenticeship schemes in the South East to aid youth employment
Unilever, which has both its global and UK headquarters in the South East and is behind much-loved household brands including PG tips, Persil, Lynx, Ben & Jerry’s and Marmite, has just opened up applications for its brand new apprenticeship programmes in Business Administration and IT.
Celebrated apprentice meets Kate Green MP in The Houses of Parliament
At the age of 21, Sam Roberts is fast becoming a national role model for apprentices; not only is he the food and drink industry’s national Apprentice of the Year1, but Sam was also invited to the Houses of Parliament to speak to MPs and Peers to raise awareness of the scheme.
From cup to compost: PG tips tackles the issue of tea bag waste with Recyclebank
Do you pop it in your food waste, compost it or send it to landfill? This is the question being posed to sustainability-conscious tea drinkers when they visit the Recyclebank website and PG tips’ Facebook page from today and learn how best to dispose of used tea bags.
Irish people living abroad miss tea more than a pint in the local pub*
Lyons Tea launches new ‘Bring The Talk Home’ competition where consumers win the chance to bring loved one home from abroad
Unilever Rolls Out Dove Men+Care Shower Tool Following Success Of Lynx Manwasher
Unilever UK is set to drive further growth through innovation within the shower tool category with the launch of its new Dove Men+Care Shower Tool, which follows on from the incredibly successful launch of the Lynx Manwasher last year.
Get outstanding results even on a quick wash with all new Persil PowerPro dishwasher tablets
Like most of us, if you’re short on time but still have a mountain of dirty dishes to get through then the all new Persil PowerPro dishwasher tablets are the perfect products for you!
Why is it so hard to see the beauty in ourselves when we see it in others so easily?
In denial (35%), embarrassed (30%), uncomfortable (26%) – that’s how British women feel when someone points out something beautiful about them, according to new research from beauty brand Dove.  In fact, women find it so difficult to talk about their bodies in a positive way that they would rather fall over in the middle of a public place than tell people a part of their body they think is beautiful.*
Bake brave for World Baking Day 2013
Conquer a cake you’ve never baked before - that’s the message to everyone for World Baking Day 2013, which takes place on Sunday 19th May.
Freshen up your kitchen this spring
It’s the perfect time of year to try some delicious spring seasonal recipes, but the idea of all the washing up can seem a little off-putting.
Mark Heyes calls on Briish women to think smart about their wardrobes
We are a nation obsessed with the latest trends; we spend £63.7 billion* on clothes collectively each year, so it should be no surprise that the average woman owns over 100 items of clothing.
Become a BBQ Hero
Looking for inspiration to make your barbeque the talk of the town? Bored of bland burgers and the same old sausages? Colman’s new range of delicious barbeque sauces are bursting with flavour and guaranteed to make your summer dishes a taste sensation.
Unilever’s Q1 2013 results released today
Unilever today announced results for the first quarter 2013.
Unilever Sustainable Living Plan helping to drive growth
Unilever’s commitment to put sustainable and equitable growth at the heart of its business model is helping to drive increased sales while reducing costs and risks, according to the second Unilever Sustainable Living Plan Progress Report published today.
Unilever UK & Ireland named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2013
Unilever UK & Ireland has been named one of the country’s best employers for women in the UK in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2013, published today.
New BBQ Heroes from Colman’s
Colman’s, the number one English mustard and condiment brand from Unilever UK and Ireland[1], is leveraging its taste credentials by broadening its offering with the launch of a new range of sauces, available to retailers from May 2013. [1] IRI Data 16 Feb 2013 - value sales
You, me and a cup of PG
PG tips, the UK’s number one tea brand from Unilever UK[1], is supporting its Catch Up Cuppa campaign with a new light-hearted TV ad, on air from April 2013.[1]Total value sales IRI MAT February 2013
Magnum seals sale with kisses
Magnum, the number one ice cream brand from Unilever UK[1], is strengthening its chocolate snack offering with the launch of Magnum Kisses Tarte aux Pommes and Magnum Kisses Minis range, available to retailers from February.   [1] IRI Data value December 2012
Wear a secret smile this summer
Impulse reveals new Limited Edition scent, Secret Smile.
Unilever factories and logistics reduce CO2 by 1 million tonnes
London/ Rotterdam, 15 April 2013 - Unilever today announced that since 2008 the company has achieved a CO2 reduction of more than one million tonnes from its manufacturing and logistics operations. This is equivalent to taking 250,000 cars off the road.
TRESemmé Launch Platinum Strength Range
TRESemmé, the brand that offers consumers ultimate salon indulgence every day, is extending its portfolio with the launch of its new TRESemmé Platinum Strength range, designed to help fortify and strengthen hair.
Sure Men is set to drive sales with the launch of Suremen Lotus F1® range
Suremen, the UK’s No1 male antiperspirant brand from Unilever UK[1],  is to step up a gear with the launch of its NEW Suremen Lotus F1® range. The exciting new limited edition range, which is designed to provide men with 48hour protection in high adrenaline situations, has been launched in line with the brand’s three year global sponsorship deal with the Lotus F1® Team.
Simple Spotless Skin Sponsors Simon Cowell’s ‘The You Generation’ YouTube Channel
Simple Spotless Skin is to become the exclusive UK partner for the newly launched ‘The You Generation’ channel on You Tube – a first of its kind, ground-breaking talent competition.
Unilever’s ‘compressed’ deodorant cans set for big sustainable impact
New innovation results in half-size deodorant aerosol that lasts just as long, but has on average 25% lower carbon footprint per can.
Families set to make a splash as Unilever dishes up it's next challenge
Unilever Sustain Ability Challenge families to trial changes to their bathroom habits.
Unilever UK and Ireland achieves 100% zero waste to landfill
Unilever today announced that more than 50 per cent of all of its factories have achieved the goal of sending no waste to landfill in 2012.
Q4 & Final Year 2012 Results
Q4 and Final Year 2012 results were published today.
Unilever UK and Ireland launches employee volunteering scheme
Unilever UK & Ireland has today launched a new volunteering policy which will support its quest to be a sustainable business and employer, deepen its engagement with the communities in which it operates, as well as further increasing employee fulfilment and development.
74 million mince pies thrown away every Christmas
Waste less with Unilever and Love Food Hate Waste's 12 Days of Christmas food waste tips.
Sustain Ability Challenge: The Festive Freezer Challenge
Christmas is just around the corner and this week our Sustain Ability Challenge households have been learning how to make the most of their freezers. 
Charlotte Carroll named new Communications Director for Unilever UK & Ireland
Charlotte Carroll takes the helm of the UK and Ireland corporate communications team from 1 January 2013.
Sustain Ability Challenge: The Store Cupboard Meal
With Christmas fast approaching, our Sustain Ability Challenge households have been saving money for gifts and treats by using up the forgotten items at the back of their kitchen cupboards. 
Sustain Ability Challenge: Meet our Manchester household
Meet Ruth from Manchester
Noel Clarke scoops ice cream marketing role at Unilever
FMCG marketer Noel Clarke has joined Unilever UK and Ireland as its new Brand Building Director – Ice Cream following the former director Pete Harbour’s move stateside to Unilever USA.
Unilever challenges UK households to waste less and save more
Unilever is to launch a nationwide consumer challenge to help UK families lead more sustainable lifestyles and save money on household bills, it was announced today.