Our Jatra (Journey) towards Sustainability and Innovation
At Unilever, we take great pride in our longstanding presence in Bangladesh and our commitment to sustainable growth. In this section, we will take you through our journey in Bangladesh, highlighting our achievements and the positive impact we have had on the country and its people.
Construction of a soap manufacturing plant started in Kalurghat, Chattogram, for Lever Brothers in 1962.
Operations began with two production lines, with the honour of the trial production in September 1964 going to Lux, Umbrella, and Sunlight.
The inauguration ceremony of the Kalurghat Factory was held on 25 February, 1965, by the then Chairman, G. M. Brock.
The first chairman and CEO, J.P. Newling was appointed.
The brand Wheel was launched, marking a significant milestone in the company's commitment to providing affordable and high-quality laundry solutions to consumers.
The company was incorporated as Lever Brothers Bangladesh Ltd. on July 5, 1973.
Management Trainee programme launched.
The company began Personal Product (PP) production in Bangladesh.
Hair Care category introduction with Sunsilk.
Home-care category launch with VIM.
Acquisition of Faisons, a pharmaceutical company and inclusion of Peps Gel toothpaste in the product portfolio, which later became Pepsodent.
Commencement of the collaborative manufacturing for Wheel detergent.
Unilever introduced Wheel washing powder and Surf Excel for a premium wash, easing the burden of washing for busy homemakers.
2 decades after the launch of PP, the company constructed a new PP Factory. Production started on 7th September 2001.
Lifebuoy Floating Hospital launched in partnership with NGO Friendship which later became an iconic community support initiative.
Retailer loyalty programme ‘Dosti’ launch.
Lever Brothers Bangladesh Ltd. changed its name to Unilever Bangladesh Limited.
UBL's digitalisation of distribution channels, revolutionised by introducing Digital Ordering system.
UBL receives The Global Unilever Compass Award Action Award.
Integration of global Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in Bangladesh business.
Kamran Bakr assumed the role of Chairman and Managing Director of UBL as the first Bangladeshi manager.
UBL won the ‘No.1 Employer of Choice’ award for the first time.
Launch of Diversity Council ‘Stride’ to spearhead diversity within the organisation.
Acquisition of consumer healthcare portfolio of Glaxosmithkline Bangladesh including flagship brands like Horlicks, Boost, and GlucoMax D.
UBL partnered with Narayanganj City Corporation and UNDP to initiate the first municipality-backed plastic waste collection project in Bangladesh.
UBL received the ‘Asia's Best Employer Brands 2022’ award from the World HRD Congress, one of the largest gatherings for HR professionals globally.