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Unilever is a food, home, and personal care products corporation consisting of Unilever N.V. which is based in the Netherlands and Unilever Plc which is based in the United Kingdom. Its product are sold worldwide with brands such as Axe deodorent, Dove soap, Pond's cold cream, Suave shampoo, Vaseline petroleum jelly, Signal toothpaste, Surf laundry soap, Slim Fast weight loss foods, Lipton tea, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Breyers ice cream, and Country Crock margarine. [1], [2]

In 2006, it had sales of US $52.3 billion with profits of US $5.4 billion. [3]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Unilever has been a corporate funder of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).[4] See ALEC Corporations for more.

About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.

Animal testing

Unilever is on the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals list of companies that perform animal testing. [5]. Products tested include cosmetics, toiletries, household cleaners, foods, food additives and chemicals. [6]


Unilever spent $800,000 for lobbying in the U.S. in the first half of 2007. [7]


Key people: [8]

Former key people

Contact details

Netherlands headquarters:
Weena 455
3013 AL Rotterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31-10-217-4000
Fax: +31-10-217-4798
Web: http://www.unilever.com

United Kingdom headquarters:
Unilever House, Blackfriars
EC4P 4BQ, United Kingdom
Phone: +44-20-7822-5252
Fax: +44-2078225511

Articles & sources

SourceWatch articles


  1. Unilever Profile, Hoovers, accessed December 2007.
  2. Our brands, Unilever, accessed December 2007.
  3. Unilever N.V. Profile, Hoovers, accessed December 2007.
  4. Clearinghouse on Environmental Advocacy and Research, project of the Environmental Working Group, Information of the American Legislative Exchange Council, archived organizational profile, archived by Wayback Machine December 2, 2000, accessed August 19, 2011
  5. Caring Consumer Results for Companies That Do Test on Animals, PETA.org, accessed February 2009
  6. Ark on-line Animal Testing by the Cosmetic Industry, accessed February 2009
  7. Unilever lobbying expenses, Open Secrets, accessed December 2007.
  8. Board, Unilever, accessed January 27, 2011.

External articles

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