Awards & recognition
Our endeavour to be the best and give the best to our consumers and the community we operate in, has won us many awards and recognitions over the years. Here's a list of some of the significant accolades we received:
The Best Brand Awards have rolled around in 2012, and once again some of Unilever’s most popular brands have been ranked at the top across all categories for 2011. Bangladesh Brand Forum and Nielsen Bangladesh have been jointly organizing “Best Brand Award” since 2008. Nominations and winners were selected through an extensive research done by Nielsen, designed to find the brands’ positions in consumer’s mind and in competitive context.
Sunsilk has been ranked as the 3rd most preferred brand this year, bumped up from its 4th position in last year. 5 Unilever brands were first in their categories - Sunsilk was the top brand in the Shampoo category, Fair & Lovely in Fairness Cream, Close Up in Oral Care, Lux in toilet soap, and Wheel in the fabric wash category. Lux was named 6th and Fair & Lovely was 7th among the top ten brands. They were closely followed by Close Up in the 8th position. While these led the pack, several other Unilever Brands – Clear, Lifebuoy, Pepsodent - were among the top 20 brands. This makes Unilever Bangladesh to hold up the highest number of awards [9 awards – 4 in the top 10 and 5 top brands in 5 categories] as a single company.
Unilever’s brands are being used in over 90% of Bangladesh’s households, achieving the global vision everyday - helping people look good, feel good and get more out of life. Unilever brands in Bangladesh have been pioneer in a number of categories. Sunsilk was the first shampoo in Bangladesh, Close Up the first toothpaste and Lux the first toilet soap. It is heartening and gives us great pride that these iconic brands, with constant innovations continue to be on the top of consumer’s preference list.
Unilever Bangladesh Limited Oral Care Team won the Regional Asia Oral Care Awards, one of the most prestigious awards in the Unilever Regional/Global Oral Care Category. The company won this award for the unprecedented success of Pepsodent Toothpowder over the last few years.
UBL won three awards in COMMWARD 2009, a ceremony in which the best examples of communication in Bangladesh were highlighted. The three areas where UBL won are: Sunsilk for the use of non-traditional media, Most Effective Point of Purchase Communication for Vim visibility drive & Most Effective Activation for Super Value Shops.
Eight Unilever brands were awarded at the “Brand Forum-Nielsen Best Brand Award 2009”. The brands included Sunsilk, Lux, Fair & Lovely, Closeup, Wheel Power White, Clear, Pepsodent and Lifebuoy.
Unilever Bangladesh Limited secured the Global Championship by standing first in the project category of the IBP Award 2009, fighting with contenders from all across Unilever.Unilever Bangladesh Limited Finance secured the first position in AAC Management Reporting Cup beating more than 35 countries in the region. UBL is the only country ever to score a spotless 100% in the reporting cup.
Unilever Bangladesh Limited received two of Unilever's prestigious international awards at the Asia-AMET (AA) level. The business received the AA Vitality Awards 2008 in the "Win Key Markets" and "Win With Customers" categories from amongst the operating companies in the AA region.
Unilever Bangladesh Limited scored highest among all Asia AMET (Africa Middle East & Turkey) Companies (Group B) to win the AA Reporting Cup 2008.The AA Reporting Cup is based on the monthly best performance and is awarded on the basis of timeliness and quality of data that is reported.
UBL was awarded the "Best Premier Gold Pavilion" at Chittagong International Trade Fair (CITF) 2008, for the facilities provided at the pavilion.
Unilever Bangladesh Limited achieved A Rating in the UQCSRM Audit for HPC and Nasirabad Tea Factory which was held from June 27th to July 3rd. UQCSRM is the Quality Management System for Unilever across the globe for both Foods and HPC operations.
The film “Daruchini Dip” sponsored by Lux casting the winners of The Lux Channel I Superstar was a run away hit. It won 7 National Film Awards.Lux ranked 2nd in the overall ranking of Best Brand Award 2008. A total of nine brands of UBL were placed among the top 20 brands of Bangladesh. In the FMCG category, Lux topped the chart, with Sunsilk coming up as second.
Lifebuoy along with Department of Public Health and Engineering and other partners of Global Hand washing Day in Bangladesh has successfully established the Guinness World Record of ‘Most people washing their hands with soap at the same time’. The record was attempted on 22nd of October in the official inauguration event of Global Hand washing Day.
Unilever Bangladesh Limited secured the second position in the Global IBP (Innovative Business Partnering) in Action Award in 2008 for driving continuous improvement over the years.
Unilever Bangladesh Limited Kalurghat HPC factory has been awarded Excellence in Consistent TPM Commitment Award (Level-2) on 12th March 2008 at Kyoto, Japan. Kalurghat Factory is one of the 17 Unilever factories in AA region to have attained such status till to-date since the inception of TPM.
UBL Hair Care Team finished runner up in the Marketing Excellence Awards for 2008. Every year Unilever recognises exceptional examples of marketing from around the globe through the Awards.
Unilever in South Asia has won the Excellence award in the Poverty Alleviation category for its Women's Empowerment Project (Project Joyeeta & Aparajita in Bangladesh, Shakti in India and Saubhagya in Srilanka) at the Asian Corporate and Social Responsibility Awards Forum.
Unilever Bangladesh Limited received the Best IT Use Award 2007 from BASIS (Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services) for Project Durbin.
UBL was awarded the "Best Premier Gold Pavilion" in the Chittagong International Trade Fair (CITF) '07 for the facilities set up at the pavilion.
Unilever Bangladesh secured the 3rd position in the "South Asia Cluster Kaizen Championship, 2007" held in Mumbai on 3rd April. The competition is held once a year among the South Asian countries where all the National Level Kaizen Champion Teams participate with their best Kaizens.
Unilever Bangladesh Limited received two of Unilever's prestigious international awards at the Asia-AMET (AA) level. The business received the AA Vitality Awards 2007 in the "Win Key Markets" and "Win With Customers" categories from amongst the operating companies in the AA region.
2006 & beyond
Unilever Bangladesh was awarded Unilever's prestigious Platinum "Sustained Innovation Performer" Award in 2006 for delivering consistent and sustainable innovation and growth over the period of 2000 - 2005.
Unilever Bangladesh was honoured with a national level CSR award organized by Standard Chartered Bank and the Daily Financial Express in recognition of its outstanding CSR contributions in 2006.
Unilever Bangladesh received the "Channel I Social Responsibility Award 2005" for its exemplary initiatives in women's empowerment through the Fair and Lovely Foundation.
Unilever Bangladesh was awarded the "Special Achievement Award" at the Bangladesh Business Awards 2004 organised by the reputed national daily "The Daily Star" and DHL. Unilever won this award for a gloriouos performance with double digit growth over six years, achieving exemplary corporate excellence.
Unilever Bangladesh Chairman Sanjiv Mehta received the "Business Executive of the Year 2003" award from the American Chamber in Bangladesh for brilliant leadership in driving the company towards world class excellence.
Our greater emphasis on consumer insight and responding with relevant innovations won us Unilever’s prestigious “Sustained Innovation Performer” award for four years in a row from 2001. Unilever Bangladesh was the only country in South Asia to achieve this in 2003.
Our pioneering endeavour in bringing glamour to the doorstops of women across the country through Lux received the “best brand experience” award from Unilever Home and Personal care Asia (HPCA) in 2003.
Fair and Lovely Uttorone Nari – a programme that brought valuable IT education to 1500 meritorious girl students across the country – received the Unilever Home and Personal care Asia (HPCA) brand experience award in 2003.
We have established a new height in occupational health and safety at work with Unilever Bangladesh being awarded the Unilever’s “Gold Award” in 2002 which is bestowed on a select group of Unilever factories as recognition for working 3 million man-hours without any “Lost Time Accident”.
We received the Central Asia Middle East Innovation award for Wheel and Taaza in 1998.
A recent independent survey across all industries and companies in Bangladesh ranked Unilever Bangladesh highest in overall corporate reputation. This is true recognition of the company's sincere effort to uphold ethical practices and corporate excellence in all spheres.