Established in the year 1933, Hindustan Unilever (Limited) has a legacy of 87 years in India. It is the Indian division of the multinational parent company, Unilever. A British-Dutch consumer goods company, Unilever was founded only 4 years before its launch in India. It was set up in India under the name, Lever Brothers which was later pivoted to Hindustan Lever Limited in 1956 and then since 2007, it’s been Hindustan Unilever Limited.
Following the revolutionary liberation of India’s economy in 1991, HUL, flourished exponentially in India, so much so that today, it claims that, every 9 out of 10 houses in India uses HUL products. With its headquarters in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Hindustan Unilever Limited reigns as the nation’s largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods company. The company runs 35 brands in total with 21 discrete categories of consumer products, which includes detergents, soaps, toothpaste, packed food, tea, ice cream and a lot more. It also has it’s footing in Ayurvedic and herbal products under the brand name, Lever Ayush. It reaches over millions of customers and houses 18,000 employees. The FMCG major has been numerously titled ‘No.1 Employer of Choice’ by AC Neilsen’s Campus Track Business School Survey. It is a popularly preferred company to work at by most business school pass outs. In fact, the company has bagged the status of ‘Dream Employer’ by the same Neilsen Survey.
Already a favourable FMGC company among young Indian to start their careers at, we would try to look for specific reasons to work at Hindustan Unilever Limited.
Hindustan Unilever Limited fairly invests in employee development
The company promotes and believes that it is imperative to put efforts into making an overall impactful and learning experience for all of their employees. They try and work towards achieving it through various development programmes. These programmes help in grooming the employees not only for the work culture in the company but also for beyond it and it also invariably enhances their performance. HUL encourages their employees to indulge in Personal Development Planning (PDP). This planning requires the employee to develop an action plan for themselves that include their aspired goals, deadlines, areas of improvement, opportunities, threat, risks and other things according to their job profile that can catalyse their performance while working here and the mentors support them in the process.
The Unilever Leadership Internship Programme offered by the company gives the interns opportunities to work on real-time projects and gain first hand experience while they are at that. Their mentors attempt to build a bond of trust by often laying actual responsibilities on interns, which can inculcate a sense of purpose as well as leadership skills in them.
Another programme that the company describes as their flagship, Unilever Future Leader Programme, is among the most effective and stimulating programmes. It thoroughly prepares the trainee for the corporate world over a span of one year to manage live projects thoughtfully and efficiently.
Basically, Hindustan Unilever provides world class training to its employees at quite a young age that is backed by a solid mentor mentee relationship.
Thus, working at HUL will most definitely give a kick start to your corporate career.
HUL promotes evolving, inclusive and purpose driven work culture
The company believes in providing an all-round experience to its employees. It let’s them work on a variety of projects so that they develop a wider horizon. It even frequently revolves its employees within different departments that allows them a deeper understanding of the company as well as what goes on into running it.
It endorses an inclusive working space so that every individual feels a sense of belonging, to solve differences and avoid conflicts. Not just on a behavioural level but in fact, it attempts at building an all gender inclusive workplace, by formulating and executing policies that directly benefit them. Recently, it has begun to hire persons with disabilities (pwd) and create job opportunities that could enable them financial security.
Hindustan Unilever highly believes in purpose driven growth and actively indulges them to find their purpose through purpose workshops for all its employees irrespective of their positions in the company. The FMGC major itself practices sustainable production or rather an environmentally conscious approach at production as a higher purpose, but it’s likely for any company of its size.
It’s also essential to acknowledge the recent fairness cream fiasco that followed the global BLM movement. Although, the company shed the word ‘fair’ from its product, “Fair & Lovely” as well as renaming other similar products, the shift only makes for a politically correct name while the product and its make believe promises stays the same. If the company’s motives are to shatter Indians’ entrenched obsession with fair skin, that has likely bred from colonial history and caste system, with their latest move, then it is at best a moonshot.
We hope that you can draw insights from our piece.