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Read a message from Dhaval Buch, Chief Procurement Officer, about working with Unilever.

Delivering Unilever's goal of growing our business while reducing our environmental footprint and improving our social positive impact, is not something we can achieve on our own. Every day, we work with thousands of suppliers who are helping us achieve success in the 190 countries where our products are sold. The fantastic suppliers we work with help us innovate, create value, capacity and capability, deliver quality and service and drive market transformation with responsible and sustainable living.

Since I joined the Global Procurement team at the beginning of 2014, I've been struck by the strength of the relationships we have with our suppliers - true joint partnerships that are delivering tangible mutual business success. By building on these great relationships at all levels, we can enhance our brands and get the right products to our customers in the optimal way, ensuring we all benefit from working together.

We're determined to work with the very best suppliers across all our Divisions and supply chain in a way that's responsible and an exemplar of integrity. But that's a two-way street, and in return, we expect the very highest standards from our suppliers. We believe in challenging, but fair relationships, open, honest and built on trust - we know that we only want to work with supply partners who share our values.

The market is ever-changing, and we're determined to be industry leaders. To achieve that, we rely on superb suppliers. Let's work together: let's make it happen.

Dhaval Buch, Chief Procurement Officer

Let's work together

Innovation partners

A significant portion of our growth will come from innovation, delivering leading-edge products into the marketplace. We anticipate that around 70% of our innovations are linked to working with our strategic suppliers. That's why we invest in mutually-beneficial relationships with our key suppliers so we can share capabilities and co-innovate for shared growth.

With some of our more strategic suppliers, we nurture open relationships, with our research and development teams working with theirs to jointly pursue new technologies and innovations that will make a difference. Our partners often do business with other companies that operate in the same competitive markets as we do.

That's why we pride ourselves on doing business differently, moving away from traditional forms of buying/selling relationships. Pioneering new ways of doing business so we can partner to win. If you believe you can help us deliver on innovation please contact your Unilever Procurement Manager to discuss opportunities.

Find out more about Innovation in Unilever

Unilever Procurement

The Procurement teams are responsible for the procurement of all goods and services for Unilever.

  • Our products are sold in over 190 countries and, on any given day, 2.5 billion consumers worldwide use them. We own some of the best known and best loved brands, from long-established names like Dove, Sunlight, Knorr and Lipton to new innovations such as Pureit, our unique in-home water purifier.

  • We are passionate about them and proud of the way they help people get more out of life. Unilever’s global procurement team work across 190 countries with thousands of suppliers globally to make this happen. This is a powerful blend that helps us excite and inspire customers and consumers in established and emerging markets in every corner of the globe.

  • Unilever's Procurement teams are committed to delivering business results and have the ambition to draw the full value of the partner web. “The recognized value chain ecosystem that is driving global growth in FMCG”.

  • We align our suppliers and internal teams behind the business priorities of tomorrow, our Partner to Win pillars:

Capacity & Capability, Quality & Service, Innovation, Value and Responsible & Sustainable Living

At the heart of this ambition is Partner Collaboration. Partner to Win is about shaping the next horizon together.

  • A unique opportunity to unlock value for Unilever and its partners

  • A way to strengthen supplier/customer collaboration

  • An enabler to improve overall E2E operational efficiency

  • An opportunity for mutual capability building and sharing

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