Unilever is a British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company co-headquartered in London, United Kingdom, and Rotterdam, Netherlands. They have an operating budget equivalent to the budget of the United Nations. It is the world’s largest consumer goods company Its products include food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products.
One of UNILEVER’s 4,000 products is DOVE, its logo the bird of peace. The marketing of DOVE has seen UNILEVER develop an identity that professes to align itself with the rights and safety of all women. UNILEVER tells us women that as a Corporation they have respect for our lives and are committed to our equality.
This is completely at odds with their $667 million investment in Myanmar where the military are committing systematic rape with total impunity as part of their genocide against the Rohingya people.
UNILEVER is one of the biggest foreign investors in Myanmar and therefore has the power to impact directly on the actions of the government. By withdrawing from Myanmar, UNILEVER can reduce the funds available to the military and encourage other corporations to put people’s lives before profits.