Unilever among the 25 Top Companies for Leaders

The business magazine interviewed executives from 182 businesses around the world to find out how they inspire colleagues to reach their full potential.

Top rating for talent-spotting

Unilever ranks among the 25 Top Companies for Leaders in a new global poll by Fortune magazine.

Leadership strategies, succession planning and programmes in place to identify high-potential junior employees were all scrutinised by a panel of judges, in a bid to understand each firm's commitment to nurturing talent.

Career development

Unilever was placed 19th in the list. A policy where the company's 100 top leaders are encouraged to share two-page career plans with CEO Paul Polman was among the initiatives praised by judges.

In the regional results, Unilever also featured prominently, winning third place in Europe. And Hindustan Unilever came second in a survey of firms in the Asia Pacific region. Unilever Brazil received a special mention from the Latin America judging panel.

Hindustan Unilever also made it on to the global list at number six, winning recognition for an initiative where management trainees on the Unilever Future Leaders Programme experience a taste of life in India's rural villages, allowing them to better understand the needs of low-income consumers.

"This is a very strong result for Unilever around the globe," says Chief Human Resources Officer Doug Baillie. "It represents external recognition of our capabilities in leadership development and the importance we place on it."

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