Unilever ESA History

No matter who you are, or where in the country you are, the chances are that our products are a familiar part of your daily routine. Every day, all over the country, people reach for Unilever products.

Unilever today

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Founded in 1930 out of a merger between Lever Brothers (UK) and Uni-margarine (Netherlands) which existed in the 19th Century, Unilever (Uni+Lever) is today one of the world’s leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) company with a turnover of more than 4.3 billion Euros. With Corporate offices in London and Rotterdam. We operate in 100 countries

We employ 250,000 people globally.The company spends 2.5% of its turnover on research and development and 1.5% on Corporate Social Responsibility.Unilever directly employs 250,000 people around the world and indirectly millions more as contract manufactures, growers, suppliers, distributors and service providers.

Everyday 150 million people choose our brands to feed their families and clean themselves and their homes. To meet their needs our business is therefore categorized in three areas; Foods, Home care and Personal Care products. Unilever is a leading multinational company that has existed for more than one century and operates in over 100 countries around the world. With a turn over of over 43 billion euros,

Unilever East and Southern Africa (ESA) is a Unilever Subsidiary operating in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe,Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi. ESA covers a market of 19 countries with a population of 150 million people in ESA. Unilever operates two businesses, the Consumer business dealing with FMCG and the Tea plantations business in Kenya and Tanzania.The plantations business is the biggest employer in Unilever with a workforce of 25,000 (10% of Unileverworkforce).The Consumer business employs over 1,500 people directly.In addition we have 120 distributors spread across the 7 countries reaching more than 100,000 retail outlets each week.

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.

Because our mission is rooted in the intimate understanding of people’s needs and aspirations, it inspires new ways at Unilever East & Southern Africa to reach consumers with quality products that care for their families and help them get more out of life.To achieve this aim, we maintain the highest standards of corporate behavior towards our employees, consumers, customers and indeed our operating environment.

Unilever subscribes to the highest standard of corporate behavior by being transparent in her dealings, fair in competition, and law abiding. The company is a socially responsible and responsive organization that takes strategic actions for the improvement of the communities within which she operates. Through the Unilever Corporate Social responsibility programme the company is involved in the provision of support to the region’s communities in the fields of health, education, water, hygiene, nutrition, and environment.

Our plantations worldwide are leading centers of agricultural research, innovation and sustainable agronomic practices. Our quest for excellence is explained by the fact that we spend more then one Billion Euros a year, 2.5% of our turnover on research and development. 114 of our global manufacturing sites are certified to the International Management Standards, ISO 14001. In addition, we spend over 66 million Euros (15% of our turn over) on a range of community projects.

We therefore pride ourselves as a company that is;

·A global home of brand excellence.

·Successful and respected company with international team working and meaningful local jobs.

·Has inspiring leaders and passionate people enabling world class training and personal growth.

·Has open culture where individuals and differences are valued.

·Socially responsible, locally and internationally.

Our brands are trusted everywhere and, by listening to the people who buy them, we've grown into one of the world's most successful consumer goods companies.

We have a portfolio of brands that are popular across the country. Popular because of our two key strengths:

  • Strong roots in local markets and first-hand knowledge of the local culture.
  • World-class business expertise applied internationally to serve consumers everywhere.

Focusing on performance and productivity, we encourage our people to develop new ideas and put fresh approaches into practice. Hand in hand with this is a strong sense of responsibility to the communities we serve. We don't only measure success in financial terms; how we achieve results is important too. We work hard to conduct our business with integrity - respecting our employees, our consumers and the environment around us.

Unilever is proudly one of the country's leading suppliers of fast-moving consumer goods in all our three divisions - Foods, home care and personal care.


Our passion for understanding what people want and need from their food and what they love about it makes our food brans a popular choice.

  • We are the category leader in margarine in the country with the Bluband brand.
  • In savoury our Royco and Knorr brands are household names you can't ignore.
  • We are the largest seller of packed tea with our Lipton brand leading the Foods and Beverages category.

Home Care

In many parts of the world, we lead in the homecare category. It's more than hygiene - with clothes that are clean and cared for, we help you get more out of life

  • Our home care products Omo ,Sunlight a and Vim are household names synonymous with home care.

Personal care

Our personal care brands are respected globally. They help our consumers fell good, look good and get more out of life.

  • Within the market, we are very visible with brands like Close Up, Fair & Lovely, Lux, geisha and Lifebouy.
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