Unilever named world’s fifth-best company for leadership

Unilever has been ranked fifth in the annual Best Companies for Leadership study, conducted by global HR consultancy Hay Group.

Consistent improvement

The score sees Unilever improve its rating for the fourth consecutive time, climbing from tenth place in 2011/2012, 16th place in 2010 and 19th place in 2009.

Unilever also achieved good results in the poll’s regional league tables. It scored the number one spot in both Europe and Latin America, and came third in Asia.

The Hay Group’s study is the largest of its kind, collating nominations from more than 18,000 individuals across 2,200 organisations, including 864 representatives from Unilever.

Respondents assess the leadership development practices of their own business against a set of criteria, and are asked to nominate three organisations, regardless of size and industry, that they believe excel in developing leadership at all levels.

Recognising values & opportunities for development

This year, Unilever was singled out for praise for providing the opportunity for all managers to develop and practise their leadership capabilities.

Unilever leaders were also recognised as advocates for the company’s commitment to sustainability, and for clearly articulating organisational values which guide behaviour business-wide.

“We have long seen that building great talent and leadership is key to being seen as a great company – by our consumers, our customers, our suppliers, the financial community, and by our own employees,” says Doug Baillie, Chief HR Officer.

“We’ve invested significantly in our leadership development programmes and in attracting, recruiting and retaining the most talented individuals to join our business. It’s great to get external validation that the steps we have taken over the past years have been recognised.”

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