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Unilever plc
TypePublic limited company
Traded as
  • Euronext Amsterdam: UNA
  • NYSE: UL
  • FTSE 100 component
  • AEX component
IndustryConsumer goods
  • Lever Brothers
  • Margarine Unie
Founded2 September 1929; 93 years ago (1929-09-02)
  • Lever Brothers branch:
  • William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme
  • James Darcy Lever
  • Margarine Unie line:
  • Samuel van den Bergh
  • Johann Schicht
HeadquartersLondon, England
Area served
Key people
  • Nils Andersen (Chairperson)
  • Alan Jope (CEO) Edit this on Wikidata
  • Graeme Pitkethly (CFO)
    • Food
    • Condiments
    • Ice cream
    • Wellbeing vitamins
    • Minerals and supplements
    • Tea
    • Coffee
    • Breakfast cereals
    • Cleaning agents
    • Water and air purifiers
    • Pet food
    • Toothpaste
    • Beauty products
    • Personal care
BrandsSee list of brands
RevenueIncrease €52.444 billion (2021)[1]
Operating income
Increase €8.702 billion (2021)[1]
Net income
Increase €6.621 billion (2021)[1]
Total assetsIncrease €75.095 billion (2021)[1]
Total equityIncrease €19.746 billion (2021)[1]
Number of employees
149,000 (2022)[2]

Unilever plc is a British multinational consumer goods company with headquarters in London. Unilever products include food, condiments, ice cream, cleaning agents, beauty products, and personal care. Unilever is the largest producer of soap in the world[3] and its products are available in around 190 countries.[4]

Unilever's largest brands include Lifebuoy, Dove, Sunsilk, Knorr, Lux, Sunlight, Rexona/Degree, Axe/Lynx, Ben & Jerry's, Omo/Persil, Heartbrand (Wall's) ice creams, Hellmann's and Magnum.[4]

Unilever is organised into three main divisions: Foods and Refreshments, Home Care, and Beauty & Personal Care. It has research and development facilities in China, India, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.[5]

Unilever was founded on 2 September 1929, by the merger of the British soapmaker Lever Brothers and the Dutch margarine producer Margarine Unie. In the 1930s Unilever acquired the United Africa Company. During the second half of the 20th century, the company increasingly diversified from being a maker of products made of oils and fats and expanded its operations worldwide. It has made numerous corporate acquisitions, including Lipton (1971), Brooke Bond (1984), Chesebrough-Ponds (1987), Best Foods (2000), Ben & Jerry's (2000), Alberto-Culver (2010), Dollar Shave Club (2016) and Pukka Herbs (2017). Unilever divested its specialty chemicals businesses to ICI in 1997. In the 2010s, under the leadership of Paul Polman, the company gradually shifted its focus towards health and beauty brands and away from food brands showing slow growth.[6]

Unilever has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Unilever has a secondary listing on Euronext Amsterdam and is a constituent of the AEX index. The completion of the unification of Unilever's Dutch and UK arms under a single London-based entity was announced on 30 November 2020.[7]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Annual Results 2021" (PDF). Unilever. pp. 13, 15. Archived (PDF) from the original on 10 February 2022. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  2. ^ "At a glance". Unilever. Archived from the original on 18 December 2021. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  3. ^ "UK aid and Unilever to target a billion people in global handwashing campaign". British Government. Archived from the original on 23 July 2020. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Our approach to sustainability". Unilever. Archived from the original on 2 April 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  5. ^ Unilever R&D Locations Archived 9 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Unilever, viewed 19 December 2013
  6. ^ Boyle, Matthew; Jarvis, Paul (4 December 2014). "Unilever Spreads Split Boosts Chance of Exit as Shares Gain". Bloomberg News. Archived from the original on 9 December 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  7. ^ Cite error: The named reference standard30nov was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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