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2020 to present – The Unilever Compass

2020 - Unilever helps to protect lives and livelihoods from Covid-19

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We contribute more than €100m to help people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Product donations of soaps and sanitiser and adaption of manufacturing lines to produce sanitiser for use in hospitals, schools and other institutional settings also take place.

2020 - Unilever sets out new actions to fight climate change

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We set out an ambitious new range of measures and commitments designed to improve the health of the planet by taking even more decisive action to fight climate change, and protect and regenerate nature, and to preserve resources for future generations. We will achieve Net Zero emissions from all our products by 2039.

2020 - Unilever acquires Liquid I.V.

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We sign an agreement to acquire Liquid I.V., a U.S-based health-science nutrition and wellness company.

2020 - Unilever to eliminate fossil fuels in cleaning products by 2030

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We announce we will source 100% of the carbon derived from fossil fuels in our cleaning and laundry product formulations with renewable or recycled carbon.

2020 - Unilever completes unification

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Unilever complete the unification process for our Group legal structure under a single parent company, Unilever PLC, creating a simpler company with greater strategic flexibility, better positioned for future success.

2020 - Unilever seeks shareholder approval for Climate Transition Action Plan

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The Unilever Board announces intentions to put its Climate Transition Action Plan before shareholders and seek a non-binding advisory vote on the company’s ambitious emissions reduction targets and the plans to achieve them.

2021 - Unilever commits to help build a more inclusive society

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Unilever announces a wide-ranging set of commitments and actions to help build a more equitable society by raising living standards across its value chain, creating opportunities through inclusivity, and preparing people for the future of work.

2021 - Unilever champions a new era of beauty

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Unilever announces elimination of the word ‘normal’ from all of Beauty and Personal Care brands’ packaging and advertising, as part of the launch of the new Positive Beauty vision and strategy.

2021 - Unilever pioneers innovations with world-first industrial carbon emissions made laundry capsule

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Unilever partners with LanzaTech and India Glycols to produce a surfactant made from industrial carbon emissions instead of from fossil-fuels, utilising biotechnologies and a newly configured supply chain.

2021 - Unilever acquires Onnit

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Unilever signs an agreement to acquire Onnit, a holistic wellness and lifestyle company, based in Austin, Texas (US).

2021 - Unilever acquires Paula's Choice skincare

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Unilever agrees to acquire leading digital-led skin care brand Paula’s Choice from TA Associates. Paula’s Choice is a pioneer of science-backed products and direct to consumer (DTC) e-commerce.

2021 - Unilever brands join the fight to save cruelty-free cosmetics in Europe

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27 PETA-Approved Unilever brands – including Dove, TRESemmé, Simple, Love Beauty and Planet and Sunsilk – commit to fighting to save cruelty-free cosmetics in Europe.

2022 - A simpler, more category-focused business model is announced

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Changes are made to our organisational structure meaning we will now be organised around five distinct Business Groups: Beauty & Wellbeing, Personal Care, Home Care, Nutrition, and Ice Cream. Each Business Group is responsible for their own strategy, growth and profit delivery globally.

2022 - Carte D’Or introduce paper ice cream tubs

Carte D’Or ice cream, one of two Wall’s brands in the world’s top ten bestselling ice creams

The entire range of Carte D’Or in the UK is switched from plastic to responsibly sourced, fully recyclable paper tubs and lids, reducing plastic by 93% per tub!

2022 - Persil adds new QR codes on pack to improve accessibility

Persil cardboard pack with accessible QR code

Persil add Accessible QR codes its packs in partnership with augmented reality specialists Zappar and in collaboration with the Royal National Institute of Blind People. The QR code allows blind and partially sighted users to access product, usage, safety and recycling information.

2022 - Unilever raises the age for restricting marketing of foods and beverages

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We commit to stop marketing and advertising food and beverages to children under the age of 16 years old across both traditional media and social media channels from 1 January 2023.

2022 - Unilever acquires majority stake in Nutrafol

Four jars of Nutrafol, the No.1 dermatologist-recommended hair growth brand in the US.

Unilever sign an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Nutrafol, a leading provider of hair wellness products.

2022 - Partnership with Geno launches $120m venture to scale alternative ingredients

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Unilever and Genomatica (Geno), a leader in biotech and sustainability, launch a venture to scale and commercialise alternatives to palm oil and fossil fuel-derived cleansing ingredients. These are integral to the formulations of thousands of everyday cleaning and personal care products.

2022 - Dirt Is Good launches its most powerful and sustainable laundry capsules yet

Blue Skip capsules in plastic-free packaging

Our Dirt Is Good brand (also known as Persil, Skip and OMO) launch its most sustainable capsule yet. It is optimised for cold, short washes, comes in a fully recyclable cardboard box and contains biodegradable active ingredients, 65% of which are derived from plant sources.

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