Established in 1929 through the merger of a Dutch margarine company and British soapmaking company. Both companies had previously revolutionised the use of palm oil in new manufacturing techniques at the turn of the 20th century. Today, Unilever is the single biggest handler of palm oil in the world (using around 1.3 million tonnes annually), with operations in over 100 countries, and selling popular branded products in over 150 countries. Unilever was a founding member of the RSPO and strives to conduct business with as much transparency as possible, publishing its list of supplying mills publicly each year.
RSPO Member : Yes
0(Unilever does not own plantations)
Supply chain position
DownstreamManufacturer of consumer goods
Refineries / capacity
0refineries. Unilever does not own refineries but listed an annual usage of 1,038,177 tonnes of palm oil and oil palm products in its 2018 RSPO ACOP (419235 tonnes of Crude and Refined PO, 62957 tonnes of Crude and Refined PKO, and 229805 tonnes of other palm based derivatives and fractions.
YesNo Deforestation, No peat, No exploitation
Unilever has over 40 subsidiaries
Beauty and personal care products (Dove,TreSemme, Radox, Vaseline), food & refreshments (Hellman's, Heartbrand, Ben and Jerry's, Magnum, Ladies Choice and Pot Noodle), cleaning products (Domestos, CIF, Surf)