Company name: Unilever
Registration location: London, United Kingdom
Ownership/ ultimate beneficial owner: Unilever is a multinational company without an ultimate beneficial owner. Its stocks are shared among many investors, with top shareholders including BlackRock, Vanguard, Leverhulme, Legal & General, Standard Life Aberdeen, Aviva, Lindsell Train.
Stock exchange listing: “Unilever PLC ordinary shares of 3 1/9 pence (ISIN GB00B10RZP78) are listed in the UK and traded on the London Stock Exchange, they are listed in the Netherlands and traded on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange (ISIN GB00B10RZP78) and they are traded as American Depositary Receipts (CUSIP 904767704) on the New York Stock Exchange” (from Unilever website)
Sectors: Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)
Fair & Lovely
Unilever Food Solutions
Ben & Jerry’s
Unilever Pure it
Bloxk & White Bovril
Brooke Bond 3 Roses
Brooke Bond Taj Mahal
Love beauty and planet
No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation policy: Yes
Deforestation within current supply chain since 2016: 55,000 ha
Certification: Unilever is a member of the Roundtable Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF).
Supply chain links: Unilever’s Tier 1 Palm Oil Suppliers in 2019
In 2017, a study from RAN highlighted several palm oil suppliers that caused the destruction of Sumatran elephant’s habitat.
A similar study was published in 2018 by Greenpeace where Unilever was mentioned among several other major brands which had been sourcing from companies causing deforestation.
In 2019, CRR noticed that Unilever had started to transition into a more sustainable company by keeping up with its commitments to NDPE policy. The company was referred to be among the stand-out parties to achieve the goal of net-zero deforestation. Back in 2018, together with Mondelēz, Wilmar, and Aidenvironment, Unilever signed a joint statement on creating a deforestation-free palm oil supply chain.
The commitment was enhanced to smallholder and landscape later in 2020. The advance commitment encompasses a commitment towards deforestation-free supply chain by 2023 and net-zero emissions by 2039. It also contains a specific focus on smallholders such as providing assistance to obtain legal land rights, to access financial help, and restorative practices.
|Financial information (in USD million)||2019||2020||YoY growth|
|Market cap ultimo preceding year||150,993||157,203||+4%|
|Enterprise value ultimo preceding year||177,377||185,734||+5%|