You're a veteran. You have unique, world-class leadership talent and an ethos that has enabled you to thrive in the world's most challenging environments. You have a powerful perspective, unmatched discipline, and a sense of loyalty that only comes through military service. Unilever recognizes that you possess the character and skills necessary to help its company compete and grow in today's competitive global marketplace. The company values its veterans and invites you to uncover the possibilities with Unilever.
Supported by the creation of Unilever's Veteran's Business Resource Group in 2014, the company strives to make Unilever a destination for veterans to launch their next career through workplace engagement, outreach to marketplace partners and the community, an unparalleled set of opportunities for training, advancement and development.
How Unilever Celebrates Its Vets
Unilever's Veterans Business Resource Group is made up of over 150 committed veterans from across the country who have made it their mission to give back to their communities across the nation. Part of what draws veterans to Unilever is a focus on purpose, and that drive for purpose is supported and continued through Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan. Check out some of the ways Unilever's veterans give back!
Adopt A Soldier Platoon Pack Out
Unilever's long-standing partnership with Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon continues, with the most recent group of Unilever and Menasha volunteers packing 200 boxes that were sent to service members overseas in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Korea, Kosovo, Kuwait, Niger, Qatar, Syria and U.S. Navy ships at sea in the Middle East and Asia.
Memorial Day Celebration
The Veterans Business Resource Group (VBRG) coordinates multiple Memorial Day events across Unilever's headquarters and 13 manufacturing sites throughout North America. "Buddy Poppies" purchased from the Veterans of Foreign Wars were distributed across all active sites at booths set up to educate employees on the history and real meaning of Memorial Day. sites: EC, Shelton, Trumbull, Rogers, Pleasanton, Henderson, Jefferson City, Hammond, Raeford, Sikeston, Suffolk, & Kroger, Central, and Midwest Sales sites.)
The VBRG hosts an Annual Fitness Challenge on the Vitality Trail at the Englewood Cliffs, NJ campus. Employees assemble 5 person teams with their colleagues to compete in various obstacle courses. After the challenge the participants enjoy fellowship with each other at a BBQ on campus.
Veterans Day Celebration
Each Veterans Day, various Unilever locations host events and publish a slideshow to honor Unilever veterans. This is sponsored and led by the VBRG and includes partnerships with local third parties (to include American Legions and VFW groups). At the ice cream factory in Henderson, Nevada the VBRG there celebrated Veterans Day with a flag raising ceremony led by Unilever Vets and the American Legion Post 40. Once the flag was raised everyone joined in a breakfast buffet at the factory.
Raeford Plant Helps Homeless Veterans
The Veterans at Unilever's deodorant factory in Raeford, NC plant banded together and partnered with the 105th Engineer Battalion National Guard Armory to help provide support assistance ,services and offerings to homeless Veterans in the area.
Adopt a Soldier Platoon
Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon sends care packages to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines to improve morale and let brave Americans know we are thinking about them and that their sacrifices far from home are not in vain.
ACP: American Corporate Partners
ACP's Mentoring Program connects post-9/11 veterans (Protégés) with corporate professionals (Mentors) for yearlong, customized mentorships. ACP assists veterans on their path towards fulfilling, long-term careers, whether the veteran is job searching or newly employed. Unilever pairs 50 veterans with mentors. Since the partnership was established in 2015, over 60 Unilever professionals have volunteered to serve as Mentors to transitioning veterans, helping over 20 to find employment in the next step of their careers.
Paramus Veterans Home
VBRG volunteers visited the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus, a new partner in VBRG community engagement. The team brought tubs of Breyers ice cream to share with residents, played cards and dominos, and most importantly took time to speak with residents one-on-one about their experiences. The next group of Unilever volunteers to visit the Veterans Home will plant flowers with residents, as well as bringing more ice cream.