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Profile of registrant


Identification number in the register: 6200524920-25
Registration date: 05/01/09 19:35:53

The information on this organisation was last modified on 23/12/14 08:57:06
The date of the last annual update was 23/12/14 08:57:06

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Unilever
Legal status: NV/PLC
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Companies & groups

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Paul Polman
Position: CEO

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Christiaan Prins
Position: Head of EU External Affairs

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 455 Weena 
P.O. box: 760
Rotterdam 3000 DK
Telephone number: (+31 10) 217 4000
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information: Unilever PLC has its registered office in Port Sunlight (Wirral, Merseyside C^H62 4ZD, UK)

Unilever's European External Affairs office in Brussels location is:
Rue d'Arlon 50 box 4
B-1000 Brussels
tel. (main) +32 2 742 32 38
fax +32 2 742 23 09

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: UNILEVER: CREATING A BETTER FUTURE EVERYDAY

Unilever is an Anglo-Dutch company with strong roots in Europe. With a global turnover of €51b (2012), it is employing 171,000 people worldwide. In Europe, Unilever’s turnover has been €13,8billion, of which 67% in foods, it employs 22,000 people and has 62 manufacturing facilities.

As a leading, innovative, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) company, Unilever spends almost 1 billion Euros annually on R&D and employs around 6,000 people in six principal research and development laboratories, 13 global product development centres focussing on new product development and 37 regional development centres for adapting and implementing innovations. Unilever’s R&D spent in Europe is approximately €0.5billion – and we employ 2,000 scientists. Our R&D spend in Europe is close to 4% of our total European revenue.

Unilever’s mission is to double its size while reducing the overall environmental impact of its products and business processes across the value chain.

Our brands

We meet everyday needs for nutrition, hygiene and personal care with brands that help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. With 400 brands spanning 14 categories of home, personal care and foods products, we touch the lives of over 2 billion people every day – whether that's through feeling great because they've got shiny hair and a brilliant smile, keeping their homes fresh and clean, or by enjoying a great cup of tea, satisfying meal or healthy snack.

We've always believed in the power of our brands to improve the quality of people’s lives and in doing the right thing. As our business grows, so do our responsibilities. We recognise that global challenges such as climate change concern us all. Considering the wider impact of our actions is embedded in our values and is a fundamental part of who we are.

Our brand portfolio has made us leaders in every field in which we work. It ranges from much-loved world favourites including Lipton, Knorr, Dove and Omo, to trusted local brands such as Blue Band and Suave.

Our Code of Business Principles

Our efforts are guided by our Code of Business Principles which sets the standards of behaviour we demand from all our employees. It also outlines our commitments to our stakeholders including consumers, customers, suppliers, employees, communities and the environment.

Please consult our internet site for more information or for more details on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 3
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
florian vernay 04/12/14 02/12/15
Renatte Georgescu 06/01/15 23/12/15
Christiaan PRINS 02/09/14 27/08/15


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

Food legislation
Chemical legislation
Cosmetics legislation
CSR/Sustainable development
Sustainable Consumption & Production
R&D and new technologies
European Works’Council
Competition law

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Audiovisual and Media
  • Climate Action
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Customs
  • Development
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Energy
  • Enlargement
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • External Relations
  • Food Safety
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Public Health
  • Research and Technology
  • Sport
  • Taxation
  • Trade
  • Transport


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Unilever is member or sponsor of the following organisations:

AIM (trade association for branded goods)
AISE (trade association for soap and detergents)
CEFIC (Chemical industry trade association)
FoodDrinkEurope (Food & Drinks trade association) and sector organisations
COLIPA (Cosmetics industry trade association)
CulinariaEurope (soups, broths, emulsified sauces and condiments)
ECPA (European Centre of Public Affairs)
EuroPen (packaging)
EPAA (European Partnership on Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing)
Euroglaces (Ice Cream association)
GLOBE (Global Legislators for a Balanced Environment)
IMACE (Margarine Association)
the Kangaroo Group
SEAP (Society of European Affairs Practioners)
WFA (World Federation of Advertisers)

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2014 - 12/2014
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 500000  € - 600000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 0 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

We have based our calculations on the guidelines developed by the Society of European Affairs Professionals (SEAP). We have chosen for the range to ensure that we capture all costs. The costs are based on the financial year 2013, and do not include trade associations' membership fees. Nor do they include payments to agencies as we have requested these to provide this information in their own registration entries.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.

The organisation has also declared to be bound to the following other Code:
Unilever code of Business principles as well as the SEAP Code of Conduct