Unilever

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Formation1930
HeadquartersNetherlands, UK
Staff295,000
Member ofBetter Than Cash Alliance, Centre for European Policy Studies/Corporate Members, Transatlantic Policy Network, World Economic Forum/Strategic Partners
Membership• Alan Jope
• Graeme Pitkethly
• Nils Andersen
• Youngme Moon
• Laura Cha
• Vittorio Colao
• Marc Engel
• Fabian Garcia
• Hanneke Faber
• Sunny Jain
Multinational specialized in providing people the illusion of choice in local supermarkets. Targeted by Operation Gladio-agents in the Netherlands with blackmail.

Unilever is a British-Dutch multinational consumer goods company. It owns over 400 brands, with a turnover in 2017 of 53.7 billion euros. Unilever is one of the oldest multinational companies and its products are available in around 190 countries. It has been convicted of cartel agreements with other multinationals.

The company is the largest producer of soap in the world. Its products include food, energy drink, ice cream, tea, cleaning agents, beauty products, and personal care products.Unilever states "On any day, 2 billion people use Unilever products to look good, feel good and get more out of life"[1], including Vaseline petroleum jel, Axe deodorant, Dove soap, Lipton tea and Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

Overview

In spite of Unilever’s vast size and presence worldwide, the company’s actual visibility is surprisingly low. Anonymity hides the company’s importance. Unilever does not retail under its own name, preferring brand names to create the illusion of diversity.

Despite stating "Our Corporate Purpose states that to succeed requires the highest standards of corporate behavior towards everyone we work with, the communities we touch, and the environment on which we have an impact.", the company pays little or no taxes. In 2018, Unilever paid a modest 30 million euros in the Netherlands[2].

Antitrust proceedings

In April 2011, the European Commission sentenced Unilever, together with the companies Procter & Gamble and Henkel, to a total penalty of 315.2 million euros for forming a cartel. Unilever had to pay 104 million euros of the penalty, but the sum was reduced by 25% because the company cooperated with the European Commission and revealed details of the cartel agreement. A further 10% was waived because Unilever agreed to a settlement, thus eliminating the possibility of bringing an action against the fine. The cartel existed from 2002 to 2005 in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal and Greece and was used for systematic agreements for price fixing of heavy-duty detergent powder for machine washing[3].

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