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Unilever Invests $50 million in NSW operations

Unilever Australia and New Zealand (Unilever) has today unveiled the result of a $AU50 million investment in its North Rocks site, with the New South Wales Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, The Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, officially declaring the site open for business.

The investment has transformed the site into a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and corporate head office, which will now be home to more than 380 Unilever employees.

“Our investment in the North Rocks site will ensure we can continue to manufacture some of Australia’s most-loved home and personal care brands, including Rexona and Dove deodorants and Sunsilk shampoos for many years to come. It also enables us to bring production of our OMO and Surf laundry detergents, right here to NSW,” Clive Stiff, Chairman and CEO of Unilever ANZ said.

The newly refurbished office building has been designed with sustainability in its very DNA - from the building materials through to the installation of energy saving fixtures and segregated recycling systems. The building now also features a state-of-the-art Customer Collaboration Centre, research & development testing facilities and a Learning & Development Centre.

“The investment in our North Rocks site will go towards helping us achieve our goal of doubling the size of our business, while reducing our environmental footprint, and increasing our positive social impact,” Stiff said.

Officially re-opening the North Rocks site today, The Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, NSW Minister for Industry recognised the role that Unilever has played in the history of New South Wales and the importance of this investment.

“Unilever is one of New South Wales longest standing corporate citizens, having opened the first ever soap production factory in Balmain in 1899. The recent investment in its North Rocks headquarters is a reminder of this strong connection and a tremendous vote of confidence in the business environment of NSW” Minister Roberts said.

Unilever currently employs over 1,000 people across their manufacturing sites, corporate head offices and retail outlets in New South Wales.

The company has also invested over $20 million in the past five years to upgrade its site in Minto, near Campbelltown, where the manufacturing of Streets Ice Cream products, including the iconic Magnum, Blue Ribbon and Paddle Pop brands, takes place.

About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. It has 172,000 employees and generated sales of €48.4 billion in 2014. In Australia and New Zealand, Unilever employs more than 2,000 people, and has offices and manufacturing facilities across both countries.

Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world. In Australia and New Zealand, our name brands include Flora, Lipton, Bushells, Dove, Rexona, Lynx, Vaseline, Omo, Surf, Continental, Toni & Guy, Clear and Streets.

Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) commits to:

  • Decoupling growth from environmental impact.
  • Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being.
  • Enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020.

Unilever was ranked number one in its sector in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In the FTSE4Good Index, it achieved the highest environmental score of 5. It led the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the 2014 GlobeScan/SustainAbility annual survey for the fourth year running, and in 2015 was ranked the most sustainable food and beverage company in Oxfam’s Behind the Brands Scorecard.

Unilever has been named in LinkedIn’s Top 3 most sought-after employers across all sectors.

For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com.au. For more information on the USLP: www.unilever.com.au/sustainable-living-2014/

Aneta Ilievska: Communications Manager

M: 0402 935 674
aneta.ilievska@unilever.com

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