Unilever Signs White House Equal Pay Pledge

Commits to helping reduce the national pay gap

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Unilever US announced today it joins 29 companies in signing the White
House Equal Pay Pledge. Unilever believes that business plays a critical
role in reducing the pay gap. By signing the pledge, Unilever US commits
to conducting an annual company-wide gender pay analysis, reviewing
hiring and promotion processes and procedures to reduce unconscious bias
and structural barriers, and embedding equal pay efforts into broader
equity initiatives. The pledge reaffirms the company’s commitment to the
advancement of women’s economic inclusion as a business priority and
Unilever will continue to conduct comprehensive analyses of rewards and
compensation across the organization.

As part of The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, which is the company’s
strategy for sustainable growth, Unilever created a framework for fair
compensation across the organization. The “Framework for Fair
Compensation” outlines how the various existing elements of the
company’s compensation packages deliver fair compensation to employees
and is supported by a methodology that monitors employee’s benefits.

“Unilever continues to be vocal about the equality of women in the
workplace,” said Mike Clementi, Unilever North America Vice President of
Human Resources. “By signing the White House Equal Pay Pledge, we remain
committed to reviewing our policies and ensuring Unilever is a leader in
providing benefits that empower women at work.”

The White House Equal Pay Pledge fits in to a larger goal of creating
gender balance throughout Unilever. Unilever North America is currently
at 49% gender balance for managers and above, and the company continues
to strive to foster an environment where each individual feels uniquely
valued and has equal opportunities.

Over the past year, Unilever has reviewed and updated its benefits and
on-the-job training to help create gender parity and promote the
advancement of women within the company. Benefits include IVF and egg
freezing, 16-week paid maternity leave, phase-back programs for mothers
returning to work, agile working and job-sharing positions. Unilever
also offers back-up child care and elder care, emotional support
counseling for families, college preparation and financial
counseling—with benefits applying to domestic partners and same-sex

For more information on Unilever’s commitment to gender parity and the
White House Equal Pay Pledge, please click here: http://go.wh.gov/Va2a4x.

About Unilever United States, Inc.

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Refreshments,
Home and Personal Care 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, Dove personal
care products, 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 Hair Meet Wardrobe, 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 2015 Dow Jones
Sustainability Index.
The entire Unilever global factory network,
as well as its U.S. non-manufacturing facilities, have achieved zero
non-hazardous waste to landfill status.

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Unilever Media Relations
Joelle Hutcheon, 201-894-7760