Unilever Selected As Winner Of The 2013 Gold Medal For International Corporate Achievement In Sustainable Development

  Unilever Selected As Winner Of The 2013 Gold Medal For International
  Corporate Achievement In Sustainable Development

                 Award ceremony to take place on May 9, 2013

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- December 11, 2012

The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce that its 29th Annual
Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development
will be awarded to Unilever. The company is being recognized for its deep and
longstanding commitment to advancing environmental sustainability through its
strategic business initiative, the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, that is
applied to its products, governance structure, supply chain and consumers.
Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman will accept the Gold Medal Award on behalf of the
company on Thursday, May 9, 2013, during the Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony
in Washington, DC.

Unilever’s Gold Medal submission was evaluated in a global competition with
companies in multiple business sectors by WEC’s independent Gold Medal Jury
chaired by Dr. Joel Abrams, Professor Emeritus at the University of
Pittsburgh. The Jury found that Unilever earned the award on the merits of its
long-term dedication to integrating sustainability into its business products
and operations, its deep history of improving global environmental standards,
and its comprehensive Unilever Sustainable Living Plan business strategy that
contains specific performance goals and more than 50 targets.

This Unilever Sustainable Living Plan addresses environmental improvements not
only in Unilever’s direct operations but with its suppliers, distributors and,
most innovatively, in how consumers use its brands. Half of Unilever’s raw
materials come from either farms or forests, and the company has committed to
the sustainable sourcing of 100% of its agricultural raw materials within
eight years. In addition, the initiative commits to helping more than one
billion people take action to improve their health and well being, and
finally, it promises to cut the environmental footprint of Unilever products
in half while doubling the size of its business.

“On behalf of the independent Gold Medal Jury, I extend my sincere
congratulations to Unilever for its extraordinary commitment to sustainable
business throughout its operations. The scale and depth of Unilever’s impact
across sustainable farming, logistics and consumer behavior has raised the bar
for global businesses,” stated Gold Medal Jury Chairman Joel Abrams.

Unilever CEO Paul Polman said, “I am delighted that WEC has recognized
Unilever with its Gold Medal. The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan is at the
heart of our new business model for sustainable, equitable growth and,
excitingly, is inspiring people inside and outside the company. We’re 18
months into the Plan and we’ve already achieved much, but it will all be for
naught if we can’t persuade others – consumers, NGOs, governments, businesses
– to each take small actions individually to make a big difference
collectively and to work in partnership to help solve some of the big issues
the planet faces.”

The World Environment Center’s Gold Medal for International Corporate
Achievement in Sustainable Development was established in 1985 to recognize
significant industry initiatives in global environmental excellence and
sustainable development. Recent recipients of the WEC Gold Medal Award are:
IBM (2012), Nestlé (2011), Wal-Mart Stores (2010), The Coca-Cola Company
(2009), Marks & Spencer (2008), Alcan Inc (2007), ABN AMRO Bank (2006),
Starbucks (2005), Johnson Controls Inc. (2004), and the Ricoh Group Ltd.

The WEC Gold Medal Jury is independent of WEC and its programs, and is
composed of international leaders from academia, government, non-governmental
organizations and retired industry professionals.

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. More than half our sales are
generated in 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 with
brands and services that are good for them and good for others. Our portfolio
includes some of the world’s best known brands such as Knorr, Hellmann’s,
Lipton, Dove, Vaseline, Persil, Cif, Radox, Sure and Lifebuoy.

Our ambition is to double the size of our business, while reducing our overall
environmental impact (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal). We are
also committed to doing what we can to improve health, nutrition and hygiene,
with goals to help more than a billion people take action to improve their
health and well-being, as well as to source all our agricultural raw materials
sustainably by 2020. Supporting our three big goals are more than 50
time-based targets in the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.

Unilever has led the Food Producers sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability
World Indexes for 14 consecutive years. In 2012 we were also named leader of
the Food and Beverage supersector. 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 we topped the list of
Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan/SustainAbility latest
annual survey (2012).

For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit

About the World Environment Center

The World Environment Center, headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices
and operations in emerging and developed markets, is unique in its direct
application of sustainable development strategies and practices to the
business operations of global companies. WEC creates sustainable business
solutions through individual projects in emerging markets; convenes leadership
roundtables to shape strategic thinking across a range of sustainability
topics; and honors industry excellence through the annual awarding of its Gold
Medal Award. An independent non-profit organization, WEC conducts no advocacy

For more information, please visit www.wec.org.


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