Unilever’s future tied to Rohingya issue

“The point here is that Unilever is a political entity.  They are actively involved in political advocacy and lobbying.  And with annual revenues higher than the budget of the United Nations, Unilever has enormous economic and political influence, and they use it.

The selection of Unilever by the #WeAreAllRohingyaNow Campaign was not random.  We are reaching out to CEO Paul Polman only partially because of Unilever’s considerable investments in Myanmar, which total more than half a billion dollars.  We selected Unilever because, under Polman’s leadership, the company has become increasingly concerned with social responsibility, adopted a philosophy of ‘responsible capitalism’, and seems to believe that the promotion of peace, equality, and human rights are essential for long term market stability and business growth; all of which we applaud.  And, of course, we decided to reach out to Unilever because, yes, they are a company with great political power.”

In this blog post, Shahid explains why Unilever was chosen as the first corporation to be called upon to take a lead in condemning the Rohingya genocide, and explains just how significant their leverage can be, and explains why both morally and from a business viewpoint, condemning genocide can be the only way forward for Unilever.

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