CEW honors Unilever with 2013 Corporate Empowerment for Women Award
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. -- October 18, 2013
Cosmetic Executive Women, a leading professional organization in the beauty,
cosmetics, fragrance and related industries, today honored Unilever with its
Corporate Empowerment for Women Award, recognizing the consumer goods
company’s commitment to cultivating a workplace environment that provides
opportunity, empowerment and skills for women. Gina Boswell, Unilever’s EVP of
Personal Care, and Ashley Boyce, Global Associate Brand Development Manager,
Hair, accepted the Award on behalf of the company during the CEW’s annual
Achiever Awards Luncheon.
Each year, the Corporate Empowerment for Women Award recognizes one company in
the beauty industry that demonstrates a commitment to advancing women leaders
within its organization. Specifically, Unilever is being recognized for its
initiatives in three key areas: professional development, work/life
flexibility, and the development of future leaders.
“Unilever is honored to receive this award as a testament to our commitment to
workplace diversity and nurturing female talent within our organization,” said
Kees Kruythoff, president of Unilever North America. “We take pride in putting
women at the forefront, through programs that empower women as current and
future leaders, as well as understanding and connecting with female
Currently, nearly half of Unilever employees and approximately 42 percent of
managers and executives are women.
“Being recognized by the CEW and the cosmetics industry as an organization
committed to the advancement of women is a proud moment for Unilever,” Gina
Boswell, EVP, Unilever Personal Care. “Personally it is very rewarding to be
able to foster the next generation of leaders, and to work for a company that
is so focused on women’s development, both professionally and outside of the
Unilever focuses on nurturing female talent through its diversity program,
which includes leadership immersion programs, mentoring, and flexible working.
The company’s agile working program, for example, allows employees to work
flexibly – anytime and anywhere – as long as the needs of the business are
met. The aim is to create a working environment supportive of family life. The
program is widely used, with 48 percent of employees flexing their hours or
telecommuting, and 73 percent of employees compressing their work week.
Unilever’s Dove Movement for Self Esteem initiative focuses on beauty as a
source of confidence for all girls and women, and invites women to inspire and
encourage the next generation to reach their full potential. Unilever annually
gathers employees for a program called Dove Day, which offers self-esteem
workshops for young girls, providing employees with an opportunity to make a
positive impact within their communities.
Unilever leverages diversity to create a dynamic, open and innovative
workplace environment. With the company’s diverse consumer base, having a
workforce that reflects the diversity of the real world enables Unilever to
connect with the widest range of consumers. Its commitment to diversity not
only drives growth for the organization but also aligns with Unilever’s plan
for sustainable growth.
“Having a diverse workforce is a critical element of our long-term strategy
for sustainable growth, and is reflective of our consumer base,” said Sumeet
Salwan, SVP HR, Unilever North America. “We take pride in creating an
environment where all employees can feel empowered to grow and succeed, both
in their personal and professional lives.”
Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc. (CEW) is a nonprofit professional organization
with over 5,000 executives, both women and men, in the beauty, cosmetics,
fragrance and related industries. The CEW Achiever Awards were established in
1975 to honor leading women executives and companies who contributed
significantly to the growth of the beauty industry and the advancement of
women. The CEW board of governors votes on honorees annually.
For more information on Unilever’s proactive plan to enhance diversity, please
visit our website.
About Unilever United States, Inc.
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. In the United States the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe,
Ben & Jerry’s, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, Consort
For Men, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Good Humor,
Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Just for Me!, Klondike, Knorr,
Lever 2000, Lipton, Magnum, Motions, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle,
Promise, Q-tips, Ragú, Simple, Slim-Fast, Soft & Beautiful, St. Ives, Suave,
tcb, TIGI, TRESemmé and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are
trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.
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 are more than 50 time-based targets. See more on the Unilever
Sustainable Living Plan at http://www.unileverusa.com/sustainable-living/
Unilever employs more than 10,000 people in the United States – generating
over $9 billion in sales in 2012. For more information, visit
Unilever Media Relations
Jaime Stein, 201-894-7760
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