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New Unilever Karen office paves way for East African growth

NAIROBI, February 2016 – Unilever East Africa has officially relocated its corporate offices from their manufacturing site in industrial area. This move cements the company’s upcoming growth and expansion plans for the coming years.

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The new world-class offices are located at the Water Mark Business Park in Karen and will be the head office for Unilever’s East Africa operations. The office has been designed to celebrate and foster a collaborative and agile working environment through its open plan layout that removes traditional hierarchical office layout structures as the CEO and leadership will seat with their teams.

Speaking during the opening of the new offices, Mr. Julius Korir, Principal Secretary, State Department of Industry and Enterprise Development hailed Unilever for being a front leader in the growth and development of East Africa.

“As a Government, we are very proud that Unilever continues to prosper in the Kenyan market. As companies prosper and grow, they are able to continue to invest in the country, create economic opportunities within industry and create jobs for our young people”.

Marc Engel, Unilever East Africa CEO further explained the company’s involvement in retail and supplies.

“As we grow our business consistently and responsibly, we continue to create economic opportunities throughout our value chain for our suppliers and retailers throughout our extensive distribution network; whilst maintaining quality brands and innovation in accessible and affordable formats,” he explained.

He added that with over 80 years in Kenya, Unilever has created employment for generations, locally sourcing raw ingredients from Kenya, distributing finished goods to meet needs across the country and even exporting to her neighbours.

Bruno Witvoet, Unilever Africa President, further reiterated the vital role of Kenya and East Africa in the company’s regional growth strategy.

“East Africa is an essential market for our future growth strategy. As a company, we are committed to investing in our business and our employees to ensure have a world class business, and team that compares to our other leading markets in Africa and beyond.”

The new office also provides a world class environment for the employees, creating a great place to work, driving inclusivity and better collaboration. In addition to the creatively stimulating environment, the office is wheelchair friendly and has a dedicated area for nursing mothers and prayer room facilities.

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About Unilever East Africa

Unilever East Africa is one of the leading suppliers of food, home and personal care products across East Africa. With about 19,000 employees, Unilever is one of the largest private employers in the region. Working to create a better future every day, Unilever helps people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Its portfolio includes Kenya’s best loved locally produced brands, OMO, Sunlight, Blue Band, Royco, Geisha and Vaseline, as well as key world’s renowned brands, like Knorr, Dove, Lux, Axe, among many others.

The company was ranked Top Employer for 2015 in Kenya by the Top Employer Institute, an international certification institute.

Unilever’s global ambition is to decouple growth from environmental impact (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increase social impact. Unilever is committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all its agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling its growth from its environmental impact. Supporting its three big goals, Unilever has defined seven pillars, underpinned by targets encompassing social, environmental and economic areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/.

For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com.

Patrick Muchiri - Public Relations Officer, Unilever East Africa

+254 725 064 149
Patrick.Muchiri@unilever.com

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