Unilever Extends Partnership With BT To Help It Grow Sustainably
DALLAS, Aug. 8, 2013
DALLAS, Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --BT today announced that it has been
awarded a three year extension to its IT outsourcing contract with Unilever,
one of the world's largest consumer goods companies. This is the third time it
has been extended since BT first won its first contract with the Anglo-Dutch
company in November 2002.
Unilever operates on a global level with its world-leading brands, including
Wall's Ice Cream, Dove beauty products, Lipton and Knorr, consumed by two
billion people daily. BT has worked with the company for more than a decade,
providing innovative and sustainable network services and solutions which are
helping the company grow its business more efficiently and sustainably.
The new deal reaffirms Unilever's commitment to using BT's portfolio and
managed services around the world to help it achieve its ambitious plans to
grow its business, while reducing its environmental footprint and increasing
As well as delivering a fully integrated network providing voice, data, video
and mobility services to the company's 173,000 employees across nearly 100
countries, BT is also delivering collaborative services such as
audio-conferencing and video-conferencing. These services are helping
Unilever become an increasingly more agile business and introduce more
sustainable ways of working.
Enabling its employees to work more flexibly and increasing the use of audio
and video conferencing is helping Unilever reduce travel spend, increase
productivity and efficiency and drive down costs. It also reduces its CO2
emissions and its overall impact on the environment, a key objective of the
company's sustainability ambitions.
Luis Alvarez, chief executive officer, BT Global Services, said: "Unilever is
a fast moving and dynamic company whose world-famous brands are bought by
millions of customers across the globe, every day. The consumer goods market
is extremely competitive and we understand the important role technology can
play in helping them stay ahead of the game.
"Unilever's commitment to being a responsible, sustainable business is
commendable and it is something that is very close to BT's heart. We are
delighted to continue our partnership with them to help them growth their
business sustainably. This will also help us deliver BT's Net Good goal to
help our customers save three times as much carbon as the end-to-end impact of
our business by 2020, a key part of our Better Future program."
Paulo De Sa, VP Infrastructure Services, Unilever, said: "Few companies can
offer such world-class, global, innovative and sustainable solutions to help
us achieve our ambitious vision and, in this context, we are delighted to be
able to continue our partnership with BT.
"The continued innovative use of technology is helping us increase
productivity by making our workforce more connected. We are becoming a more
agile business and introducing more sustainable ways of working for our
employees, customers and suppliers, as well as the two billion consumers who
rely on our products every day."
The original contract, announced in November 2002, was the first comprehensive
global telecommunications outsource contract ever undertaken by BT and remains
one of its largest global deals. By working in partnership, BT has helped
transform Unilever's infrastructure into one of the most modern corporate
networks in the world.
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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 173,000 colleagues around the world and generated annual
sales of over €50 billion in 2012. Over half of our company's footprint is in
the faster growing developing and emerging markets (55% in 2012). 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 / Omo, Dove, Sunsilk, Hellmann's, Lipton, Rexona
/ Sure, Wall's, Lux, Rama, Ponds and Axe, 14 of which now generate a turnover
of €1 billion or more.
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, we have defined seven pillars, underpinned by targets encompassing
social, environmental and economic areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable
Living Plan at www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/.
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 2012 Unilever led the Climate Counts
Company Scorecard for the second year running and the list of Global Corporate
Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan /Sustainability latest annual survey -
for the third year running. 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
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