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UNICEF and Unilever help children in Ukraine

KYIV, 6 October 2014 – UNICEF Ukraine and Unilever Ukraine have joined efforts to address the immediate needs of children and families affected by the crisis.

The current situation in Ukraine has affected the lives of children and their families. UNICEF Ukraine and Unilever Ukraine are working in partnership to address the needs of people displaced by the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. They have launched a fundraising campaign to aid humanitarian efforts. Unilever will donate 1 UAH per product sold (Timotei, Axe, Dove, Clear, Rexona and Lipton Tea) during the period of three months to help at least 15,000 children and families affected.

The campaign, which sees distinctive labels on the participating products, will raise money to support UNICEF’s emergency response by providing basic hygiene supplies for children and families in need. Early childhood development and educational kits will also be provided to children so that they have the necessary tools to continue their education. School psychologists will be trained and their counselling will help children to cope with the trauma they may have experienced.

“We are very pleased to join the efforts with UNICEF’s global partner, Unilever, to support our emergency response. We believe that our partnership with Unilever will help children and families in need while encouraging other business to follow this example and join efforts with UNICEF”, said Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF Ukraine Representative.

Laurent Kleitman, CEO Unilever Ukraine added: "At Unilever, we have pledged to help create better lives and bright future for 1 billion people around the world. We do this in many different ways, with different NGO partners, in different countries. Unilever has operated successfully in Ukraine for more than 20 years and we wanted to help find practical solutions to improve the lives and conditions of the children and the families identified by UNICEF."

                                  Note to Editors

About UNICEF:

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

According to UNICEF, the population of children in the region prior to the armed conflict was 1,000,000. At least 87,000 children and families in affected areas need basic hygiene supplies. Approximately 270,000 children cannot attend school due to the unrest. And at least 100,000 children need support to deal with trauma.

About Unilever:

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries, reaching 2 billion consumers on any given day. It has 174,000 employees and generated annual sales of €49.8 billion in 2013. Over half of the company’s footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (57% in 2013).

Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) aims to double the size of the business whilst reducing environmental footprint and increasing positive social impact: www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/. As part of this commitment, the Unilever Foundation was established in 2012. It is partnering with five leading global organizations – Oxfam, Population Services International (PSI), Save the Children, UNICEF, and the World Food Programme. The Foundation’s mission is to improve quality of life through the provision of hygiene, sanitation, access to clean drinking water, basic nutrition and enhancing self-esteem.

Unilever was ranked number one in their sector in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In the FTSE4Good Index Series, they attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index. In 2014 they led the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan/SustainAbility annual survey - for the fourth year running. Unilever was named LinkedIn’s third most sought-after employer worldwide in 2013. For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com.

Globally, as part of the company’s commitment to sustainable living, the Unilever Foundation has partnered with UNICEF to help hundreds of thousands of people in need, gain improved access to basic sanitation.

Through its Sustainable Living Plan (USLP), Unilever aims to double the size of its business whilst reducing environmental footprint and increasing positive social impact. Their products are sold in over 190 countries. One element of this plan is their WASH agenda which, through its products and its support programmes, facilitates hand-washing, sanitation and hygiene around the world.

About Unilever in Ukraine:

The first Unilever office in Ukraine was opened on May 1, 1993. In 1998, “Unilever Ukraine” LLC headquarters was registered in Kiev. Now the company also has offices in Odessa, Lvov, Kharkov, Donetsk and Dnepropetrovsk. Their Ukranian business employs 140 people. In 2013, the company celebrated its 20th anniversary in the Ukrainian market. Unilever’s brand portfolio in Ukraine includes well-known brands such as Calve ketchup, mayonnaise and sauces, Hellman’s mayonnaise, Rama spreads, Crème Bonjour vegetable-oil cheese crème, Knorr dressings, soups and seasonings, Beseda, Brooke Bond and Lipton tea in foods; popular brands in personal and home care: cosmetic products of Dove, Pure Line, Black Pearl, Silky Hands, 100 Recipes of Beauty and others, hair care of Clear vita ABE, Dove, Sunsilk, Timotei, deodorants and skin care of Axe, Dove, Rexona and Pure Line; bleaches and cleaning products: Cif, Domestos and Glorix.

              For further information, please contact:
At UNICEF:
Yulia Yurova, Partnership Officer, 044-5210125, yyurova@unicef.org
At Unilever: Inna Derkach, Communication Officer, 044-4905846, Inna.Derkach@unilever.com

 

 
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