General presentation of Unilever
Before buying or selling Unilever shares, a good knowledge of the company is essential to analyse its stock market price. Here is a presentation of the company and its activities:
Unilever N.V. is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of food and household products. It operates in more than 190 countries and has a portfolio of famous brands worldwide. The company is divided into two business areas: personal care and food products.
The personal care business accounts for 62.9% of Unilever's sales, with two major product categories: personal care products and home and laundry care products. Personal care products represent 66.9% of the turnover of this category, with brands such as Dove, Sunsilk, Lux, Pond's, Axe, Rexona, Signal and Close Up. Household and linen care products represent 33.1% of the turnover in this category, with brands such as Omo, Skip, Comfort and Cif.
The food sector accounts for 37.1% of Unilever's turnover. It consists of three major categories: culinary products, sauces, oils and margarines, ice cream and drinks. The leading brands in this sector are Knorr, Hellmann's, Amora, Rama, Magnum, Carte d'Or, Solero, Ben & Jerry's and Lipton.
In terms of geographical distribution, Europe accounts for 21.9% of Unilever's turnover, while Asia, Africa, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus account for 46.4%. The Americas account for 31.7% of the company's turnover. Unilever employs approximately 155,000 people worldwide.
The company has a long history of sustainability and social responsibility. It is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and tackling climate change by reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and working with its suppliers to improve their carbon footprint. Unilever is also committed to projects to improve the lives of farmers and to combat deforestation.
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