Partner to Win

Partner to Win is our approach to building long-term relationships with selected key strategic supplier partners in order to achieve mutual growth, both for our suppliers and Unilever.

Launched in 2011, Partner to Win is designed to drive closer collaboration with our most strategic suppliers, focusing on five core areas:

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There is an active events programme for Partner to Win to facilitate knowledge sharing and networking. This includes a number of events focussed by geography and product category, the highlight being a global summit for our top strategic suppliers. The most recent Partner to Win Summit was held in London in May 2017. The theme of the two days was Connected for Growth (C4G), with a focus on unlocking growth and value creation.

As part of the Summit, the 2017 Partner to Win Awards programme acknowledged winning suppliers in the five core areas.

Partner to Win Award for Winning Value Creation

Partner to Win Award for Winning Value Creation: Plastek

This award recognises suppliers that have displayed extraordinary effort and insight in identifying and securing opportunities which have created value and driven growth, particularly in cost competitiveness. 

2017 Winner – Plastek






Partner to Win Award for Winning Innovation

Partner to Win Award for Winning Innovation: Dow

This award recognises projects with astonishing results that have unquestionably impacted the market. This award is given to a supplier that has presented innovations which have delivered better overall product functionality, speed to market and/or increased appeal to customers or consumers. 

2017 Winner - Dow






Partner to Win Award for Responsible and Sustainable Living

Partner to Win Award for Responsible and Sustainable Living: Barry Callebaut

This award recognises suppliers that have made an outstanding contribution to Unilever's sustainability agenda. Particular emphasis is on the delivery of sustainable sourcing, resulting in a positive impact on farmers, customers, consumers, and the market or industry. 

2017 Winner – Barry Callebaut






Partner to Win Award for Winning Capacity and Capability

Partner to Win Award for Winning Capacity and Capability: CCL

This award recognises suppliers that have shared their access to – and knowledge of – infrastructure, local markets or customer/consumer insights to develop the capabilities and capacity required by Unilever to meet its growth ambitions. 

2017 Winner - CCL






Partner to Win Award for Winning Quality and Service

Partner to Win Award for Winning Quality and Service: Huhtamaki

This award recognises suppliers that have delivered outstanding service to Unilever with an emphasis on quality, service levels and driving best practice. 

2017 Winner – Huhtamaki






Two special awards were also introduced in 2017:

Partner to Win Award for Winning with Diversity

Partner to Win Award for Winning with Diversity: Accenture

This award recognises a supplier that has showed commitment to empower women and drive a gender equality strategy throughout their organisation. 

2017 Winner - Accenture






Partner to Win Visionary Award

Partner to Win Visionary Award: Convoy

This award recognises a supplier partner who demonstrates real pioneering behaviour and who has the courage to do things differently, and as a result brings new insight, innovation or a new approach to the way we work together. 

2017 Winner – Convoy

Read more about how we are growing for the future through sustainable sourcing.

“The Partner to Win Awards recognise the outstanding work of Unilever’s suppliers. Strong relationships with partners that share our sustainable growth ambitions are critical. They play a vital role in helping us to deliver our sustainability commitments and support our growth with their capacity, capabilities, innovations and new technologies. This year’s award entries were stronger than ever and I would like to congratulate the 2017 Award winners for their exceptional contribution.”

Dhaval Buch, Chief Procurement Officer for Unilever
The 2017 Partner to Win Summit

The 2017 Partner to Win Summit

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