Unilever Supply Chain Breaks into World Top 10

  Unilever Supply Chain Breaks into World Top 10

Business Wire

LONDON & ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- May 22, 2012

Unilever achieved 10th place in the 2012 Gartner Supply Chain Top 25,
announced today. The result is Unilever’s best-ever performance in the index
and an improvement of five places compared with 2011.

The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 recognises the world’s leading supply chains
across all industries. The Top 25 companies were selected from a total of more
than 298 companies assessed by Gartner analysts. Unilever was the top
European-headquartered company to feature in the list and was rated third
among FMCG companies.

Unilever’s recognition in the Gartner ranking reflects the strategic role of
its supply chain in achieving the organisation’s ambition to double the size
of its business whilst reducing its environmental impact. During the past
three years, Unilever’s supply chain has been instrumental in enabling top
line growth, enhancing the quality of its products whilst driving significant
savings and trade working capital excellence. By partnering with its
suppliers, Unilever has achieved important milestones at the core of the
Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.

Pier Luigi Sigismondi, Chief Supply Chain Officer, said: “We are delighted to
be recognized amongst the top ten best supply chains in the world. Our supply
chain represents the backbone of Unilever’s success and it is making the
difference to our business thanks to our unique blend of global scale and
local agility, combined with our focus on speed in execution. We have created
a talent powerhouse that has secured us a podium finish among FMCG companies.”

About Unilever:

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods
with operations in over 100 countries and sales in 190. Consumers buy 170
billion Unilever packs around the world every year, and our products are used
over two billion times a day. We have more than 171,000 employees, and
generated annual sales of €46.5 billion in 2011.

Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look
good and get more out of life with brands and services that are good for them
and good for others. Our portfolio includes some of the world’s best known and
most loved brands including thirteen €1 billion brands, and global leadership
in most categories in which we operate. The portfolio features iconic brands
such as: Knorr, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Dove, Vaseline, Persil, Cif, Marmite and
Pot Noodle.

Unilever has led the Food Producers sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability
World Indexes for 13 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 was named #1 in the list of Global
Corporate Sustainability Leaders according to the latest survey findings from
GlobeScan Inc. and SustainAbility Ltd.

For more information about Unilever and its brands, please
visitwww.unilever.com
For more information about the Unilever SLP visit
http://www.unilever.com/sustainable-living
For further information about Unilever Partner to Win, visit:
http://www.unilever.com/aboutus/supplier/

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