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Unilever sparks #BrightFuture movement in Australia & New Zealand inspiring employees to help make sustainable living commonplace

Unilever has unveiled the first phase of its global #Brightfuture campaign in Australia and New Zealand with a series of initiatives designed to spark a positive movement among employees and galvanise actions to create a more sustainable world.

The campaign encourages employees to think abouthow they can create a brighter future and take small, everyday actions to make sustainable living commonplace.

As part of inspiring their people to “see” a brighter future, the campaign kicked off with employees invited to a special panel discussion held to mark the 3rd year progress report of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.The high calibre panel of experts, from leading NGO’s including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Oxfam, Taronga Zoo and the Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL)discussed how businesses like Unilever and its employees can have a transformational impact on the worldand called on business to focus their reach, expertise and resources on the areas where they can have the most positive impact.

To raise awareness of the company values embodied within the corporate Unilever brand,employees were asked to identify their ‘icon’ from the Unilever logo that best represents how they can support Unilever’s sustainable growth agenda. Consisting of 25 different symbols, the Unilever blue “U” includes a dove, a bee, a palm tree, a chilli pepper and a sun with each symbol representing one orseveral ofUnilever’s Sustainable Livinggoals.

Unilever ANZ Chairman and CEO Clive Stiff said, “With sustainable living at the heart of everything we do as a business,we believe there is no better time than now to empower our people and their families to take action and help us create a better future for the world.Inspiring our employees to join a cause that matters to them personally is one of the most important steps in driving change on a broader scale and it’s been fantastic to see so many of our employees and their families getting involved throughout the #BrightFuture campaign.”

This week, over 350 employees and family members were invited to Unilever’s Sydney headquarters to attend the #BrightFuture Family Day.The event, which featured a host of exciting and challenging workshops, was designed to demonstrate the role Unilever’s brands can play in helping people toreduce their environmental impact and increase positive social impact.

Hugo Verkuil, VP Marketing & MD Foods & Refreshments said:

“Being part of Unilever means every one of us has a role to play in creating a more sustainable future. The campaign is a fantastic opportunity to engage our employees and for them to see the possibility of a brighter world, take action to drive positive change and join causes that are important to them in a tangible and meaningful way. We want to encourage our people to talk to their family and friends outside of the workplace and make a commitment to join the #Brightfuture movement.” To view theUnilever Sustainable Living Plan progress report, click here:http://www.unilever.com/sustainable-living-2014/

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About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries. Globally, Unilever has over 173,000 employees, and in 2012 generated annual sales of over €50 billion. In Australasia, Unilever employs more than 1,500 people, and has offices and manufacturing facilities throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Unilever’s portfolio features some of the world’s best-known household names. In Australasia, our name brands include Flora, Lipton, Bushells, Dove, Rexona, Lynx, Vaseline, Omo, Surf, Continental, Toni & Guy, Clear and Streets.

Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact.Supporting our three big goals are more than 50 time-based targets.See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at http://www.unilever.com.au/sustainable-living/uslp/

Unilever has been recognised in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes for 14 consecutive years. We are included in the FTSE4Good Index Series and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index.

In 2012 Unilever led the Climate Counts Company Scorecard and the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan /SustainAbility latest annual survey (2012) - both for the second year running. The company is an employer of choice in many of the countries in which it operates and is seen as a symbol for innovation and leadership development.

For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com.au

Aneta Ilievska : Assistant Corporate Affairs Manager

Australia & New Zealand

20-22 Cambridge St,

Epping NSW 2121

+61 2 9869 6422
ausnz.communications@unilever.com

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