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Unilever

20 /100

Ranking Breakdown:

#4 overall out of 10

Electioneering

18 /48

Lobbying

2 /28

Charity

0 /8

Science

0 /16
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CEO: Alan Jope 

Annual Revenue: $62.27 billion 

Top Subsidiaries: Lipton, Ben & Jerry’s, Domestos, and 396 others.

Countries they operate in: 190 countries

Industry Type: Food & Beverage, and Consumer Products 

Private or Public: Public

Corporation Size: 149,000 employees

 

 

Board Information

Notable members include: Alan Jope, former Vice Chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Executive Committee and a  member of the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council. Graeme Pitkethly,  Vice-Chair of the Financial Stability Board Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (“TCFD”). Susan Kilsby, formerly on the board of Coca Cola and Keurig Green Mountain. Strive Masiyiwa, serves on several international boards including Netflix Inc., National Geographic Society, Asia Society, and the Global Advisory boards of Bank of America, the Council on Foreign Relations (in the US), Stanford University, the Bloomberg New Economy Forum and the Prince of Wales Trust for Africa, and a former member of Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees). 

 

How to Improve

Unilever lists theU.S. trade groups that lobby on its behalf on its FAQs page, but not the amounts it gives to each. It states that it does not make political contributions in the United States. Declaring this for other countries (if that is indeed the case) would improve Unilever’s score significantly, as would sharing more detailed information on its lobbying activities, both within the U.S. and without. The corporation also fails to disclose any information on scientific or charitable giving.

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