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Press release from Business Wire

Unilever Leads Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 12th Consecutive Year

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Unilever Leads Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 12th Consecutive Year10:00 EDT Tuesday, September 21, 2010 ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. (Business Wire) -- Unilever has been named sustainability leader in the Food & Beverage 'super-sector' of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the twelfth consecutive year. This year, the company reached an overall score of 82% - one percentage point higher than in 2009 and substantially ahead of the average industry score of 49%. Unilever scored 100% for its record in Operational Eco-Efficiency, Environmental Policy, Environmental and Social reporting, Health and Nutrition, and Packaging. These scores are the result of an annual review of the broad range of DJSI benchmarks, which include World and European categories. Analysts assess issues such as corporate governance, risk management, branding, climate change mitigation, supply chain standards and labor practices - with a strong focus on long-term shareholder value. "I am delighted that we have retained our place at the top of the Dow Jones league table. The consistency of our performance over the past twelve years is remarkable, and a unique achievement among more than 300 companies in the DJSI World sample,” says Gavin Neath, SVP Sustainability. The 2010 assessment was conducted by SAM, a Swiss investment company focused exclusively on sustainability investing, in partnership with the Dow Jones Indexes. About Unilever Unilever works to create a better future every day. We help people feel good, look good and get more out of life with brands and services that are good for them and good for others. We are one of the world's leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods with strong local roots in more than 100 countries. Our portfolio includes some of the world's best known and most loved brands including eleven €1 billion brands, and global leadership in many categories in which we operate. The portfolio features iconic brands such as: Knorr, Lipton, Becel/Flora, Blue Band/Rama/Country Crock, Wall's/OLA/Langnese, Hellmann's, Calvé, Unox, Dove, Pond's, Lux, Axe/Lynx, Sunsilk, Vaseline, Rexona/Sure, Omo, Surf, Cif, and Glorix/Domestos. We have around 163,000 employees in approaching 100 countries, and generated annual sales of €40 billion in 2009. For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit