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Global Index 2018

Unilever

Corporate Profile

Rank
1
Score
6.4
2 (2013)

Corporate Profile

A Governance (12.5%)
6.7
B Products (25%)
8.4
C Accessibility (20%)
3.0
D Marketing (20%)
7.7
E Lifestyles (2.5%)
5.4
F Labeling (15%)
6.2
G Engagement (5%)
4.5
Highest score among rated companies
The percentages in parentheses indicate the weight assigned to each Category
Headquarters
U.K.
Market capitalization
$116,163 m
# of employees
172,471
Total revenues*
$58,629 m
Reported product categories
Canned/Preserved Food; Dried Processed Food; Ice Cream; Noodles; Oils and Fats; Pasta; Sauces, Dressings and Condiments; Soup; Spreads; Concentrates; Juice; RTD Tea; Coffee; Tea; Other
Reported revenue by geography**
Asia 40%, Americas 32%, Europe 27%
* Source: Capital IQ, USD exchange rate as of 31 Dec 2014 ** Source: Capital IQ

Nutrition general

2
6.3

Undernutrition

2
4.6

Corporate Profile

  • Governance

    Overall scores
    Rank 2
    Score6.703
    Scores per criterion
    Criterion Absolute score Weighted score
    Strategy 5.531 1.841823
    Management 7.078 2.356974
    Reporting 7.5 2.4975
    Average scores
    Lowest 0
    Average 3.5622272727273
    Highest 8.731
  • Products

    Overall scores
    Rank 1
    Score8.427
    Scores per criterion
    Criterion Absolute score Weighted score
    Formulation 7.687 3.8435
    Profiling 9.167 4.5835
    Average scores
    Lowest 0
    Average 2.7987727272727
    Highest 8.427
  • Accessibility

    Overall scores
    Rank 3
    Score2.969
    Scores per criterion
    Criterion Absolute score Weighted score
    Pricing 4.141 2.0705
    Distribution 1.797 0.8985
    Average scores
    Lowest 0
    Average 1.1542272727273
    Highest 6.68
  • Marketing

    Overall scores
    Rank 2
    Score7.731
    Scores per criterion
    Criterion Absolute score Weighted score
    Policy (all) 10 2.5
    Compliance (all) 4.167 1.04175
    Policy (children) 8.425 2.10625
    Compliance (children) 8.333 2.08325
    Average scores
    Lowest 0
    Average 3.7889090909091
    Highest 8.539
  • Lifestyles

    Overall scores
    Rank 3
    Score5.371
    Scores per criterion
    Criterion Absolute score Weighted score
    Employees 6.438 2.143854
    Breastfeeding 6.563 2.185479
    Consumers 3.112 1.036296
    Average scores
    Lowest 0
    Average 2.4945
    Highest 7.072
  • Labeling

    Overall scores
    Rank 1
    Score6.22
    Scores per criterion
    Criterion Absolute score Weighted score
    Facts 4.706 2.353
    Claims 7.734 3.867
    Average scores
    Lowest 0
    Average 2.3608181818182
    Highest 6.22
  • Engagement

    Overall scores
    Rank 5
    Score4.453
    Scores per criterion
    Criterion Absolute score Weighted score
    Lobbying 2.968 1.484
    Stakeholder 5.938 2.969
    Average scores
    Lowest 0
    Average 2.7793636363636
    Highest 6.25

Areas of strength

- Unilever is the top performer in the 2016 Index. It has a solid governance system to assess risks and opportunities related to nutrition and diet-related chronic diseases and is a leader in healthy product formulation.
- Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan contains three overarching goals including 'Improving Health and Well-being' which has a focus on nutrition. The goal includes specific policies, commitments, targets and deadlines.
- Unilever´s Nutrient Profiling System (NPS) is used globally and across all brands to inform product innovation and reformulation. The NPS is reviewed on a regular basis by internal and external experts. The company has a goal of 60% of its global portfolio meeting stringent healthy standards by 2020. Progress is assessed annually and is verified by an independent auditor, which is exceptional in the industry.
- Partnerships and joint projects with specialist organizations enable the company to develop innovative solutions to address undernutrition in low-income countries and to scale up their impact through its global footprint.
- In India the company uses a door-to-door selling model - 'Shakti', to increase accessibility of the company’s products in hard-to-reach areas and to provide employment opportunities to underemployed populations. The model has been replicated in Egypt, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
- Unilever’s policy on responsible marketing to all consumers and to children satisfies many best practice standards. The company publishes its individual level of policy compliance achieved relating to marketing to children. This is assessed by a third party.
- Unilever tracks the number of products that meet its healthy standard that carry health and nutrition claims. In all markets, the company commits to using health and nutrition claims only for fortified products that meet Codex.
- The company has a strategy to address undernutrition through commercial and philanthropic strategies in developing markets and in the highest priority developing countries.

Areas for improvement

- Unilever does not set a target to increase the level of vegetables in relevant products. It also does not include within its otherwise strong NPS consideration of the levels of positive nutrients (such as vegetables, fruit or fiber).
- Despite having some good initiatives to improve the affordability and accessibility of its healthy and fortified products, they are limited in scope and reach. Unilever should aim to develop a global strategy and solutions for its own products building on what it has learned from its participation in Project Laser Beam and similar initiatives to substantially increase its ability to reach large numbers of undernourished, low-income populations in the highest priority countries. In addition to existing initiatives on product pricing, formal accessibility programs that are strategic and widespread would ensure greater impact.
- The long-lasting Lamplighter program aimed at supporting employees’ health and wellness, although recognized by the company to be effective in terms of health and business benefits, lags behind best practice as the company fails to extend the program to all employees and their families, to establish measurable targets for the future and to ensure regular independent evaluations.
- Unilever’s efforts to engage consumers and communities on the need for healthy diets and to lead an active lifestyle could be strengthened.
- While the company’s performance on undernutrition is quite consistent and in good standing compared to peers, there is a notable gap regarding disclosure for the labeling and health claims of fortified products.

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