Unilever UK & 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.

The policy, open to all c. 7,000 employees in the UK and Ireland, provides individuals with company-matched time off to spend time volunteering in the community or with their chosen charity. In practice this means that any permanent UK employee – including head office, factory and research & development employees – can spend one week per year volunteering by using just two days’ personal holiday allowance and receiving three days’ paid time off.*

The new policy supports the specific aim, laid out within the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, to enhance the livelihoods of farmers, suppliers and employees, as Tim Munden, VP HR, Unilever UK & Ireland, explains: “Unilever’s ambition to be a sustainable business runs through the veins of all employees and every individual has a part to play to ensure that we as company have a positive social and environmental impact.

“The new volunteering policy gives employees more time to make a difference in the world in the way that they want, to have a direct impact on their community through volunteering for a charity or school for which they’re passionate. In this way, we hope to bring the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, and our goal to be a sustainable employer, very much alive at an individual level.”

Mentoring in local schools, volunteering in a charity shop, assisting an organisation with fundraising events and participating in days of service such as environmental clean ups are all examples of volunteering activities which would be eligible. However, employees are free to choose any registered charity, or local school.


* Unilever provides the first day “free” and matches holiday thereafter, e.g. for employees who want to volunteer for two days, they need use only 0.5 days’ holiday allowance and Unilever will provide 1.5 (one free day and the matched to the employee’s contribution)

Notes to Editors:

UK & Ireland Media Relations Manager

T: 01372 945925 / M: 07785 450287

E: katya.bridges@unilever.com

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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 171,000 colleagues around the world, and we are on track to generate annual sales of €50 billion in 2012.

Over half of our company’s footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (56% 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 , Dove, Hellmann’s, TRESemmé, Lipton, Sure, Wall’s and Lynx.

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.

Unilever has been recognised 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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