SOURCE: Unilever PLC

January 16, 2008 16:55 ET

Unilever U.S. President Kevin Havelock to Speak During Grocery Manufacturers Association's First Environmental Sustainability Summit

Havelock to Focus on Unilever's Sustainability Initiatives as Key Drivers of Business Growth

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ--(Marketwire - January 16, 2008) - Unilever announced today that Unilever U.S. President Kevin Havelock will address the Grocery Manufacturers Association's first Environmental Sustainability Summit on January 17-18, 2008 in Washington, DC. He will be part of a panel discussion on January 17 titled "Prospects and Pitfalls: Senior Leaders on the Challenges and Opportunities of Achieving a Sustainable Industry."

"With a long and proud history of corporate responsibility dating back many decades, Unilever is excited to participate in this inaugural summit. Sustainability is at the core of our business competencies and is a key driver of our growth," said Kevin Havelock.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Peter Seligmann, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board and CEO, Conservation International. Other panelists include: John Brock, President, CEO and Director, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.; Doug Conant, President and CEO, Campbell Soup Company; and Jerry Steiner, President, Food Traits and Executive Vice President, Commercial Acceptance, Monsanto Company.

"While corporate responsibility is deeply embedded into our corporate ethic and is part of Unilever's DNA, the biggest catalyst for change has been the increasing awareness within the business that many of the social, economic and environmental challenges of our age -- previously seen as obstacles to progress -- have become opportunities for social innovation and business development," concluded Havelock.

The GMA Environmental Sustainability Summit for the Food, Beverage and Consumer Products Industry seeks to showcase the industry's leadership in developing and implementing environmentally sustainable business practices. The event will champion successful food, beverage and consumer products company policies, programs and practices that contribute to environmental sustainability, providing executives with a toolbox that will help them develop and enhance sustainability programs.

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For more information about Unilever's Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability initiatives, please visit: http://www.unilever.com/ourvalues/environment-society/sus-dev-report/default.asp.

About Unilever

Unilever (NYSE: UL) (NYSE: UN), one of the world's largest consumer products companies, aims to add vitality to life by meeting everyday needs for nutrition, hygiene and personal care. Each day, around the world, consumers make 160 million decisions to purchase Unilever products. The company has a portfolio of brands that make people feel good, look good and get more out of life.

In the United States these brands include recognized names such as: Axe, "all," Ben & Jerry's, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Good Humor, Hellmann's, Klondike, Knorr, Lipton, Popsicle, Promise, Q-Tips, Skippy, Slim-Fast, Snuggle, Suave, Sunsilk and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Dedicated to serving consumers and the communities where we live, work and play, Unilever in the United States employs approximately 13,000 people in more than 60 office and manufacturing sites in 24 states and Puerto Rico -- generating nearly $10 billion in sales in 2006. For more information, visit www.unileverusa.com.

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