Unilever is a British-Dutch multinational that produces consumer goods that can be grouped into four main categories which are food & refreshment, beauty & personal care products, home care products and water purifiers. This multinational company is known to be the largest producer of soap in the world and it is one of the oldest multinational companies. The products of Unilever are sold in over one hundred and eighty (180) countries. The brands of this company are so popular that over two billion people use the products every day. This article will tell you more about the products of the company, the different locations where the brands are being sold and the career options available. Keep reading.
The company, Unilever, was founded on the 2nd of September, 1929 by the merging of the Lever Brothers (British soapmaker) and the Margarine Unie (Dutch margarine producer). The founders can be said to be; William Lever (1st Viscount Leverhulme) and James Darcy Lever from Lever Brothers; and Samuel van den Bergh, Georg Schicht, and Singrose from Margarine Unie.
The headquarters of the Unilever Company is located in London, England, UK and Rotterdam, Netherlands. The company has over one hundred and fifty thousand employees working with them and their products are being sold all over the world.
The current logo of the company is a big blue “U” sign created with several different icons. This logo was introduced in 2004 and was designed by Wolff Olins, a brand consultancy agency based in London, New York City and San Francisco.
The “U” shape stands for Unilever and it is made up of 25 distinct symbols and each of these symbols represents one of the company’s sub-brands or corporate values. The icons on that can be found on the Logo are;
- Ice cream: this symbolizes a treat, pleasure and enjoyment pleasure, enjoy, refreshment, dessert, fun.
- Hand: this symbolizes sensitivity, care and need, representing the company’s commitment to helping people improve their everyday health & hygiene habits through our brands and health improvement programmes.
- Hair: it symbolizes beauty, looking good and feeling confident.
- Lips: this icon is a symbol of communication, openness and transparency.
- Swirl: this represents the company’s passion for great flavours and taste.
- Fish: the fresh food, sea and nature’s resources are represented here.
- Clothes: a symbol of fresh laundry, looking good and feeling confident.
- Bee: it represents the community spirit of Unilever and their commitment to find innovative ways of working to reduce their environmental footprint.
- Particles: a reference to science and our ongoing commitment to find new innovative ways to improve the lives of our consumers.
- Packaging: symbolizes the company’s dedication to the consumer experience and their commitment to finding new and innovative packaging that is better for the consumer and the planet.
- Transformation: symbolizes positive change or transformation and Unilever commitment to find new sustainable ways of doing business.
- Waves: This is a symbol of cleanliness, freshness and vigour.
- DNA: the genetic blueprint of life and a symbol of Unilever’s strong heritage of positive change.
- Palm Tree: symbolizes nurtured resource, and the respect the company has for the natural world tree, forest, growth and environment.
- Heart: a symbol of love, care and health and the commitment to helping people take small everyday actions to improve their health and wellbeing.
- Virtuous Cycle: a continuous, virtuous circle that represents our work to reduce the waste associated with the disposal of our products.
- Sun represents Unilever work to find innovative ways to reduce the greenhouse gas impact of their products across the lifecycle.
- Dove: a symbol of freedom, empowerment and self-esteem.
- Plant: represents Unilever’s commitment to reducing environmental impact across the company’s value chain and how they source for raw material.
- Spark represents Unilever’s role as a catalyst for change, aiming to enhance the livelihoods of the people they work with.
- Chilli Pepper: represents the company’s commitment to sourcing the agricultural raw materials for their products sustainably.
- Spoon: represents Unilever’s commitment to continually improve the taste and nutritional quality of all our food products.
- Bowl: represent their commitment to great ingredients and healthy mealtimes.
- Flower: a symbol of sensitivity, care and our respect for beauty; the beauty of our consumers and the beauty of nature.
- The shape “U”: representing the name Unilever.
These are what all the 25 icons and symbols represent on the Unilever logo.
Products Of Unilever
As earlier mentioned, the products of Unilever are all grouped into four main categories. The company has over four hundred (400) products currently available and being sold all over the world. Here is a list of the products of Unilever.
Food & Refreshment
Unilever is in the production of food products and refreshments. Most of its brands are very popular amongst us as we make use of them on daily basics. Products in this category are;
- Heart Brand.
- Pure Leaf.
- Unilever Food Solutions.
- Ben & Jerry.
- Carte D’Or.
- Cup a Soup.
- 3 Roses.
- Taj Mahal.
- Lan Choo.
- PG Tips.
- Pearl Dust.
- Pot Noodle.
- Robertsons: The Spice People.
- Sari Wangi.
- Te Club.
The products listed above are food & refreshment products by Unilever.
Beauty & Personal Care
The company also focuses on beauty and personal care products for their customers’ satisfaction. Below are the products that have been produced by the company categorized under beauty and personal care.
- Fair & Lovely.
- Sunsilk Co-creations.
- Alberto Balsam.
- Aviance Beauty Solutions.
- International Breeze.
- Dusch Das.
- Fissan Baby.
- Lever 2000.
- Toni 7 Guy.
- Block & White.
- Clinic Plus+.
- Cream Silk.
- Elle 18.
- Le Sancy.
- Ayush Therapy.
- Pure Dream.
These are most of the products that have been produced by Unilever which can be classified in beauty & personal care.
Another field of consumers’ aspect Unilever have produced for is the home care. The company showed interest in helping its customers care for their homes. The products are;
- Day 2.
- The Laundress.
- Bio Tex.
- Super Pell.
Most of these names listed above are cleaning products.
Unilever has always been concerned about our safety and well-being by making product for our homes and environment, our body and what we consume. Unilever also has products to purify our water and make it even safer for drinking. The products include;
- Pure it: this is an in-home water purifier and it is actually the first of its kind. Its function is to purify tap water and make it as safe as boiled water without the hassles of boiling.
- Truliva: these are water purification process and products by Truliva under Unilever in China, to make drinking water a lot safer for families in China.
Unilever is also very popular for all its brands of ice cream. It is the world’s biggest ice cream manufacturer.
Products Ingredients And Allergy
Here, you will learn about the ingredients in the Unilever products, what the products contain and the measures the company takes in regards to allergy.
The company’s approach to ingredients when producing is standard and is usually determined by three key factors which are;
- Laws and regulations,
- The company’s internal safety assessments, and
- Changing consumer preferences.
The company ensures consistency in the use of ingredients in personal care products by following the INCI system, which stands for the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients. This INCI helps consumers to compare the products they buy wherever they are in the world.
Natural And Synthetic Ingredients
Unilever uses both natural and synthetic ingredients in our products. The synthetic ingredients are often no different in chemical composition from natural ones. None of the two ingredients is any better than the other although, some natural substances are very toxic and are more likely to be contaminated with bacteria and other potentially harmful microorganisms.
In other words, a synthetic ingredient that is chemically identical to a natural one can prove more stable and effective than its natural counterpart and contain fewer impurities. The company evaluates which type of ingredient to use on a case-by-case basis, based on scientific evidence.
Knowing that some of their consumers may be allergic to some certain ingredients, Unilever has taken precautionary measures to proffer solutions to this problem. However, some of these ingredients cannot be left out altogether in the production of the product because they perform an important function.
The company has expert scientists that use state of the art methods to ensure that these ingredients are used only at the minimum level required to be effective without causing people to become allergic. The company also advises its customers to stop using their products if they experience any reactions after using any of our home or personal care products and also encourages them to see a doctor or a dermatologist.
To know the ingredient used in any of the products made by Unilever, you could search for the product on the company’s official web page or check the packaging of the product to see the list of ingredients used in the production. This would give you a head-on whether you may be allergic to a particular ingredient or maybe comfortable using the product.