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Aug 22, 2016

Awards & recognition

Specialist agencies and organisations, including environmental groups, responsible investment analysts, academics and institutes, publish a variety of ratings and rankings of our global performance. Sometimes this is a result of our engagement with them through questionnaires and in-depth discussions, sometimes it is the agencies' own research, in part analysing the data and information we disclose on our website.

These are some highlights of recognition we have received from external bodies on our social, economic and environmental performance since 2009:


Unilever heroes

Group of Unilever heroes 2014

Every year, our Unilever Heroes programme recognises employees who have shown extraordinary initiative, integrity and commitment.

  • For the 15th time in 16 years, Unilever was named leader of the Food, Beverage & Tobacco Industry Group with a score of 92 out of 100. We were also selected as an index component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) following our participation in the 2015 RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment.

  • The Transparency Benchmark, annual research carried out on the content and quality of corporate social responsibility reports of Dutch companies, scored Unilever in 3rd position with 194 points out of 200 (up from 5th in 2014).

  • In 2015 CDP recognised Unilever as a world leader for corporate action on climate change for the 11th consecutive year. Named in the ‘A List’, we maintained Performance Band A for the fourth year running and scored 100 for Disclosure, up from 99 in 2014 and 85 in 2013.

  • Unilever was awarded a Performance Band B rating in the latest CDP Water questionnaire, announced in October 2015.

  • Carbon Clear’s annual ranking of carbon reporting performance of FTSE 100 companies placed Unilever in joint 4th, with a score of 82%.

  • Included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since its inception in 2001. Unilever scored 4.9 out of 5 in the latest FTSE ESG Ratings Profile.

  • Unilever was awarded the top ranking in the 2015 Sustainability Leaders survey (published in May 2015) from GlobeScan/SustainAbility for the fifth consecutive year. GlobeScan and SustainAbility asked over 800 expert stakeholders representing business, government, NGOs and academia across 82 countries who they considered to be the corporate leaders in the area of sustainability. GlobeScan and SustainAbility said that: 'Consistent with the past four years, Unilever's global reputation among corporations is judged by experts to be unparalleled, with the leadership gap this year widening even further. This is a remarkable achievement by the company, especially since past leaders have tended to falter or be supplanted by others within a few years of claiming the top of the ranking.'

  • Unilever awarded top position with a 71% score in the latest Oxfam Behind the Brands Scorecard, published in March 2015. The campaign assesses and rates agricultural sourcing policies of the world’s ten largest food and beverage companies.



  • Unilever ranked joint leader of the Packaged Foods & Meats / Brewers and Soft Drinks sector for corporate action on tackling deforestation in CDP’s Global Forests Report, published in November 2014. We have disclosed our forest footprint since 2009.

  • The international 2014 Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development was presented to our CEO, Paul Polman. The judges cited his transformative leadership, courage and commitment in a corporate world where environmental and social values are often overshadowed by more short-term financial interests.

  • Unilever recognised by RobecoSAM as being one of only 15 companies globally to have participated in DJSI since it began in 1999

  • Unilever was Large Business winner at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ (ICAEW) Finance for the Future Awards 2014 for the development of a methodology and tool that ranks our products in both financial and sustainability terms.

  • In September Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) won the Porter Prize 2014 for “Creating Shared Value” for its work on Project Shakti.

  • Unilever retains its top ranking in the latest 2014 Sustainability Leaders survey from GlobeScan/SustainAbility for the fourth consecutive year.

  • In 2014 Unilever was third in Carbon Clear's annual ranking of carbon measurement and reporting practices of FTSE 100 companies, with a score of 82%, up from 77% in 2013.

  • Unilever was the top performer overall with a score of 96% and also led the Food and Beverage sector for the second consecutive year in the Tomorrow’s Value Rating (TVR) 2014 of corporate sustainability practices published by DNV GL.



  • Unilever wins Best Sustainability and Stakeholder Disclosure FTSE 100 Award from The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) in November 2013.

  • Unilever was rated second overall in the first Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) Global Index 2013, with top rankings for undernutrition and also the Products, Lifestyles and Engagement categories. ATNI publicly rates the world's largest food and beverage manufacturers on their nutrition-related policies, practices and performance.

  • In December the World Environment Center awarded Unilever its 2013 Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development.

  • Unilever ranked No. 2 in new science-based carbon emissions study published by Climate Counts in December 2013.



  • Unilever was recognised for its transparent sustainability reporting at PwC's Building Public Trust Awards in November 2012.

  • In 2012, Unilever and our CEO Paul Polman received the C K Prahalad Award from the Corporate Economic Forum (CEF) for matching a bold vision of long term capitalism with impressive action on sustainability through our Sustainable Living Plan.

  • At the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Unilever was a winner of the 2012 World Business and Development Awards (WBDA) for our efforts to improve living standards in some of the world's most disadvantaged communities.

  • Unilever won the first FTSE4Good Sir Mervyn Pedelty Award in 2012 which recognises companies that integrate environmental and social performance into business strategy.

  • Unilever was named the Corporate Responsibility category winner at the FT's Boldness in Business Awards.

  • Unilever retains Platinum Plus status in Business in the Community's 10th Corporate Responsibility Index, published in March 2012.



  • In 2011, we scored eight out of nine points in the second WWF Scorecard which assesses the palm oil buying practices of 132 European, Australian and Japanese companies. We scored 24.5 out of 29 in the first Scorecard in 2009 assessing 59 European companies.

  • In 2011 Unilever was announced as the overall Grand Prix winner across 20 categories for our work on behaviour change. We were also the Gold winner in the Best Green International Large Business category which recognises organisations that have demonstrated true innovation, thought leadership and a commitment to sustainability.

  • Unilever was named most advanced company for responsible governance in the Stoxx Europe 50 index of companies by the French Social Investment Forum (FIR) and corporate responsibility ratings agency, Vigeo.

  • Unilever was awarded Ethical Corporation's top Responsible Business Award 2011.



  • Unilever won a Biodiversity Innovation 2010 award from the Union for Ethical BioTrade. This recognised our work on improving allanblackia supply for smallholder farmers in Africa.

  • Unilever named 'Company of the Year 2010' by the UK's Business in the Community (BITC).

  • Top performer in new FTSE Carbon Strategy 350 Index.

  • Received the International Charter's 'Committed to the Environment 2010' award for environmental management and performance

  • Included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since its inception in 2001 and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index.

  • Scored 78% and recognised as 'best practice' at Level 4 by the Natural Value Initiative's Ecosystem Services Benchmark, a tool to help investors assess biodiversity and ecosystem impacts.

  • Top of the foods sector in a benchmarking study carried out by Ceres, UBS and Bloomberg on companies' disclosure of water use.

  • Presented with the highest international level of recognition – the Level II International Corporate Health and Productivity Management Award by the Institute for Health and Productivity Management (IHPM) for our Lamplighter programme.