To stand any chance of fighting inequality through inclusive business and branding, we need leaders who will drive ED&I strategies and demonstrate personal passion and accountability. At Unilever this is recognised as part of the company culture, with CEO Alan Jope driving Equity, Diversity & Inclusion as one of the top three strategic focus areas for the business.
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Unilever has been an industry thought-leader, starting with the launch of Unstereotype in 2016 and then the co-founding of the Unstereotype Alliance - an industry-first initiative working to banish stereotypes in advertising and advance progressive portrayals of people. Since 2019, over 50% of the Unilever management team is composed of women.
To date, Unilever has taken over 900 leaders through Unstereotype training - exploring biases, leveraging diversity of thought, and delivering each leader with a tailored development plan.
From 2022 Unstereotype training was rolled out to all employees including managers, individual contributors, and HR professionals.
As part of the company’s commitment to be a beacon of diversity and inclusion, Unilever continues to create opportunities, access, and support for people from underrepresented and underserved communities to allow them to reach and thrive in leadership roles.
This includes the origination of the Enable Community, for employees with a disability, the proUd Network, for LGBTQI+ employees, and the Women in Tech.