Unilever just received an industry accolade that's sure to resonate with it core customers and lead to introspection among CPG competitors and retailers.
Working parents have a friend in Unilever, which for the first time ever was singled out as the top ranked company in an annual listing of the 100 best companies compiled by Working Mother.
Other notable companies included in the top 10 were Procter & Gamble (P&G), IBM, Ernest & Young LLC, McKinsey and Co., Deloitte and Johnson & Johnson, but for the first time ever, Working Mother singled out Unilever in the top spot.
“After finishing outside the Top 100 in 2014, Unilever set out on a journey to deliver greater support for working parents,” said Amanda Sourry, President of Unilever North America and Global Head of Customer Development. “As a mother myself, I am extremely proud of this accomplishment and the progress we have made while recognizing there’s more still to be done.”
Unilever’s family support for its United States employees includes: generous and inclusive paid parental leave for both mothers and fathers, fertility support, adoption assistance, state-of-the-art mothers’ rooms and free milk shipments for nursing mothers, and back-up childcare options. Unilever’s agile work environment encourages flexible schedules, remote work, and job shares. Women are well-represented across all levels at Unilever, and the company exceeds the gold standard 50 percent gender balance ratio at the managerial level.
According to Working Mother, the 100 Best Companies application includes more than 400 questions on leave policies, workforce representation, benefits, childcare, advancement programs, flexibility policies and more. It surveys the availability and usage of these programs, as well as the accountability of the many managers who oversee them. All applicants receive feedback showing how they compare with other applicants; however, the names of applicants that do not make the list are kept confidential. Company profiles and data come from submitted applications and reflect 2017 data.