Our policies cover operational or functional matters and, in turn, govern how we run our business.
As set out within 'The Governance of Unilever', included within the business of the board is the endorsement or amendment of certain corporate policies which includes Unilever's code of business principles, code of ethics for senior financial officers, and Unilever's share dealing code.
The code of business principles sets out the standards of behaviour we require from all of our employees. Furthermore, our code of ethics, which applies to the senior executive, financial and accounting officers, comprises the standards prescribed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The code of ethics provides an extract of the relevant provisions of Unilever's code of business principles and the more detailed rules of conduct that implement it.
The share dealing code applies to persons who are executive directors and members of the executive team of NV and PLC and will apply whilst any such person holds the relevant office or is employed by the Unilever Group and for six months thereafter. It also applies to non-executive directors and those persons who are notified from time to time that their name is on the Unilever general standing insider list.
Unilever attaches great value to its relationship with shareholders. One of the Investor Relations department’s primary tasks is to maintain an open and constructive dialogue with current and potential shareholders of Unilever and with sell side analysts. For further information on the Unilever standard for bilateral contacts with shareholders, please see the link below.