Unilever United States Earns Top Marks in 2017 Corporate Equality Index

Unilever U.S. Earns 100 percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Fourteenth Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.--()--Unilever U.S. proudly announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Unilever U.S. joins the ranks of 517 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

“Unilever U.S. is honored to be recognized for a ninth straight year by the Human Rights Campaign, and we are extremely proud to uphold our perfect score of 100 percent on the CEI,” said Mike Clementi, Unilever North America Vice President of Human Resources. “As an organization, we work hard to provide an environment where all employees feel valued, included and bring their personal passions to the workplace. We believe an inclusive workplace is critical to our growth as a company.”

Unilever supports the LGBT community through its diversity and inclusion initiatives including the Ad Council’s “Love Has No Labels” campaign, purpose-driven brands, such as Ben & Jerry’s and Dove, and support at various pride marches. Unilever’s PRIDE Group (People Respecting Individuality, Diversity and Equality) is an LGBT Business Resource Group open to all Unilever employees that share a common goal of endorsing respect, individuality, diversity and equality throughout the organization. Unilever offers employee benefits including gender affirmation surgery, hormone therapy, egg freezing, in vitro fertilization, adoption assistance and equal medical coverage for same-gender partners.

The 2017 CEI rated 1,043 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. Unilever U.S.’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

About Unilever United States, Inc.

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home Care, Personal Care and Refreshment products with sales in more than 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. In the United States, the portfolio includes brand icons such as Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Caress, Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, Country Crock, Degree, Dollar Shave Club, Dove, Fruttare, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Magnum, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle, Promise, Q-tips, Simple, St. Ives, Suave, Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, TIGI, TONI&GUY, TRESemmé and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.

Unilever employs approximately 8,000 people in the United States – generating more than $8.5 billion in sales in 2015.

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan commits to:

  • Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being by 2020.
  • Halving the environmental impact of our products by 2030.
  • Enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020.

Unilever ranked number one in its sector on the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

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Contacts

Unilever Media Relations
Joelle Hutcheon, 201-894-7760
MediaRelations.USA@unilever.com

Contacts

Unilever Media Relations
Joelle Hutcheon, 201-894-7760
MediaRelations.USA@unilever.com