Unilever named Britain’s Most Admired Company

London - Unilever has today been named the most admired company in Britain 2015, according to the largest piece of peer review research of its kind in the UK.

It is the second time Unilever has won the award, the first was in 2010, and the company has been in the top 20 every year and in the top 10 in 18 of the 25 years since the award was introduced in 1990. In winning again this year Unilever is one of just a handful of other companies in Most Admired's history to have won the coveted award more than once.

Unilever has also won the Food producers category and three of the nine criteria awards - for Financial Soundness, Ability to Attract, Retain & Develop Top Talent and Quality of Marketing. In short, Unilever has been a consistent performer at these awards over the years.

Commenting on the win Gina Boswell, Unilever UK & Ireland General Manager said: “We are thrilled and very proud to receive this award. With a rich heritage we are working every day to secure long-term future success and this calls for a strategic approach to business that recognises consumers are increasingly demanding responsible business and responsible brands. The need for businesses to adapt and to do the right thing is clear, as are the associated benefits. Getting this right can lead to growth that is both equitable and sustainable, indeed, some of our leading brands are proof of this.

“Our blueprint for success is the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. It forces us to think in new ways to achieve our goals, it helps bring the outside in and has many different touchpoints across our business including how we develop, deliver and market our brands. Transforming the way business is done while delivering growth is a journey we are committed to and I think it increasingly resonates with those around us.”

Most Admired is a piece of peer review research conducted by the Leeds Business School. It asks senior executives of around 250 companies to rate their rivals.

Gina adds: “It is truly humbling and as someone who now has the good fortune to be leading Unilever UK and Ireland, I find such recognition hugely motivating, too.”

Notes to editors

More information about Management Today’s Britain’s Most Admired Companies can be found at: http://www.managementtoday.co.uk/go/bmac/(Link opens in a new window)

About Unilever:

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. It has 172,000 employees and generated sales of €48.4 billion in 2014. Over half (57%) of the company’s footprint is in developing and emerging markets. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Persil, Dove, Knorr, Domestos, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Wall’s, PG Tips, Ben & Jerry’s, Marmite, Magnum and Lynx.

Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) commits to:

Decoupling growth from environmental impact.

Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being.

Enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020.

Unilever was ranked number one in its sector in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In the FTSE4Good Index, it achieved the highest environmental score of 5. It led the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the 2015 GlobeScan/SustainAbility annual survey for the fifth year running, and in 2015 was ranked the most sustainable food and beverage company in Oxfam’s Behind the Brands Scorecard.

Unilever has been named in LinkedIn’s Top 3 most sought-after employers across all sectors.

For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com. For more information on the USLP: www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/

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