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- 1 Etc
- 2 Exploitation in the Congo? NPOV?
- 3 Redlinks
- 4 McSpotlight
- 5 Questionable Deletions
- 6 Corporate Censorship
- 7 *-aware under "Brands"
- 8 Items retrieved in the future!
- 9 sustainability
- 10 Criticism section of the article
- 11 Clutter
- 12 widely listed?
- 13 before Heartbrand?
- 14 Home and Personal Care
- 15 A & W Canada ownership?
- 16 Addition youtube criticism
- 17 comments moved from personal talk page
- 18 Fair use rationale for Image:Unilever.svg
- 19 Deforestation for palm oil production
- 20 RfC: Is the content and tone of the Criticism section suitable for this article?
- 21 Image copyright problem with Image:LiptonRAKericho.jpg
- 22 list sections overextensive
- 23 India child labour article merger proposal
- 24 Heartbrand
- 25 Conopco
- 26 Controversy section
- 27 Opposition to labelling food with genetically modified ingredients
- 28 Tone
- 29 Blacklisted Links Found on the Main Page
- 30 Unilever acquired Mac Fisheries before it was Unilever?
- 31 Kodaikanal mercury poisoning
There should also be a note about how Unilever came to acquire Chesebrough-Pond's (famous for Vaseline). I'm too lazy to look it up right now! —LarryGilbert 00:17, 2004 Mar 7 (UTC)
Why does the article describe Sunlight Soap as 'infamous'? Is this a mistake or deliberate for some reason that escapes me? I'd have thought 'famous' would be more appropriate. Unless someone can enlighten me I may assume it's a typo and go in and change it. Chris Jefferies 09:20, 17 Jun 2004 (UTC)
- Yeah, must be a typo. Just fixed it :) --Vikingstad 18:53, Jun 17, 2004 (UTC)
- They may have been referring to the incident (if I'm recalling the right one) in which a large number of the people receiving free samples of Sunlight Soap in the mail mistook it for salad dressing and ingested it. Just did a quick Google search and was unable to find anything about it. --Chewyrunt 17:56, 22 August 2007 (UTC)
Hmm... 'Revenue' versus 'Turnover'. That's interesting. Turnover is the normal term in English here in Britain, but I'm not clear what revenue means (I'll have to go and look it up). Does it mean the total income before tax and operating costs etc, or does it mean profit? If the two are equivalent then I suppose the change is OK, though a company's turnover seems natural to me. As this article otherwise follows British English, should it be restored to 'turnover'? What do others think? Chris Jefferies 13:14, 2 November 2005 (UTC)
- Despite the article being in British English, it looks like that company fact boxes use the term Revenue instead of Turnover (and yes, they're identical). Cf. BP for instance.--maf 19:00, 9 August 2006 (UTC)
"The amalgamation of the operations of British soapmaker Lever Brothers ,William Hulme Lever and Dutch margarine producer Margarine Unie, Anton Jurgens en Samuel van den Bergh, a merger as palm oil was a major raw material for both margarines and soaps and could be imported more efficiently in larger quantities." - This sentence in the History section is incoherent and needs to be rewritten. --BenStrauss (talk) 14:58, 15 August 2011 (UTC)
Exploitation in the Congo? NPOV?
Is the first paragraph of the history section really in line with Wikipedia's NPOV policy? And in any case, much of this information - if it's true - should be moved to the article Lever Brothers as it refers to events before the existence of Unilever.
The same is true of some of the links in the 'See also' section. Is 'See also: Slavery' really necessary for an article on Unilever?
Can anyone provide references to support the allegations made in this article? Chris Jefferies 09:06, 21 January 2006 (UTC)
As there's been no discussion here yet, I've removed the POV material, and the link to the book details. I suggest this material, if it goes anywhere, should go in the Lever Brothers article and be worded along the lines, 'Some people claim that...'. Chris Jefferies 16:45, 23 January 2006 (UTC)
This page has too many redlinks. IMHO only critical brands (that still dont have Wiki pages) should be redlinked. I will remove the links if others agree. Sbohra 11:11, 9 February 2006 (UTC) --188.8.131.52 (talk) 11:00, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
This external site is extremely out of date and many of its claims about Unilever are incorrect.
For example, Unipath was sold off some years ago (7? 8?) and AFAIK has since been sold again to another company. Crosfield Chemicals does not belong to Unilever, neither does John West.
I am removing this link, as well as the one to 'Boycott Unilever' as inaccurate and not NPOV. The 'Unilever profile' external link opens a 404 broken page message so that's going too. If anyone strongly disagrees with me, please revert the changes and add a note here to explain why.
Thanks Chris Jefferies 11:54, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
A whole chapter, called "Criticism", has just been deleted on the grounds of "unsourced". Quote: " - Unilever has been criticised by the organisation Corporate Watch in the following areas: - * Promoting consumerism - * Misleading marketing - * Market domination - * Procter & Gamble and Unilever reach agreement - * Pushing the neoliberal agenda and spreading false information - * Exploiting -relatively cheap- resources in the Third World - * Promoting unsustainable agriculture - * Environmental pollution - * Using consumerism to ‘eradicate’ poverty - * Taking public space/barring imagination - * Collaboration with oppressive regimes - * Hypocritical Health Campaign induced by Self-Interest - * Excessive Pay Management " Trying to put politics aside, should/could this have been cut instead of questioned? --maf 18:55, 9 August 2006 (UTC)
- Well i think that they are pretty serious allegations and are unsourced *and* POV - If someone can find sources (maybe Corporate Watch have an article about it or something?) then fine but i don't think they have a place in the article at the moment. What is ' Pushing the neoliberal agenda and spreading false information ' supposed to mean exactly? It's a load of bollocks if you ask me. Modulus86 00:49, 13 August 2006 (UTC)
- Well, at least the link to Corporate Watch's page on Unilever could be provided (http://www.corporatewatch.org/?lid=260) 11:15, 28 August 2006 (UTC)
- Hmm... The Corporate Watch website itself contains a lot of unsubstantiated claims. In my view it is very heavily biased and the link to it should be removed as it adds nothing useful to the Wikipedia article on Unilever. If anyone can give valid reasons for keeping the link it can be reinstated, but for now I'm going to remove it. Chris Jefferies 10:41, 7 December 2006 (UTC)
- It's not the job of Wikipedia to evaluate the truth or otherwise of these claims, merely to report that they are there. I'm reinserting a very brief criticism section, since Unilever certainly does attract some criticism from activists. It's telling that your overstretched reading of Wikipedia policies in individual cases over at least a year has managed to systematically eradicate any and all criticism of the company from this article, despite the obvious and clear conflict of interest involved. --184.108.40.206 15:19, 8 February 2007 (UTC)
- I'll leave it to others to read through the material above and add, remove, or modify criticisms of the company in the article. Yes, I'm a Unilever employee, yes I've read the relevant Wikipedia policies, no I don't think my (very infrequent) edits are in breach of those policies. Some clearly disagree, and are obviously entitled to do so. Chris Jefferies 01:32, 10 February 2007 (UTC)
- I should also mention that in the paragraph above I don't intend to suggest that I will not edit this article in future, I will certainly continue to make occasional changes as before. Chris Jefferies 08:00, 12 February 2007 (UTC)
This Page now features none of the criticism it once did. It appears to have been edited by the company itself to marketing purposes, as indicated by the use of corporate language(instead of NPOV encyclopedia lang), minimising criticism(instead of laying them out clearly), dissociating from criticism(instead of providing rich interlinking as is the purpose and function of a wiki)
wikipedia is getting influential and thus we are now getting PR companies editing as if they are normal users. Why the talk about 'infamous' for instance. Obviously it's an orphaned prefix from a criticism that was hidden.
Many of the censorship are by User:Chrisjj who apparently works for unilever. Is see his editing as conflict of interest and something that needs to be dealt with.
(This section was created on 4th February 2007 by an unregistered user on IP address 220.127.116.11 - Please create new sections at the bottom of talk pages and sign with four tildes. Thanks.) Chris Jefferies 09:58, 13 February 2007 (UTC)
*-aware under "Brands"
The article introduces concepts as "health-aware" and "family-aware". To me, this doesn't seem to be a quantifiable attribute of a product, but merely marketingspeak. I'm in favor of mentioning to which demographic a product is marketed, instead of using these meaningless words. 18.104.22.168 06:16, 27 April 2007 (UTC)
Items retrieved in the future!
The References section claims that items 2, 3, and 4 were retrieved in August 2007. Clearly this is incorrect. A guess might be that they were retrieved in August 2006 and the year was incorrectly entered by mistake. What can we do about this? We can't really leave it like this, and we can't just fix the date because we don't know when they were retrieved.
Does anyone have any useful thoughts on the best way forward? I'm looking for something pragmatic and not controversial. For now I've noted the error in the article so that readers are at least aware that we've spotted the error.--Chris Jefferies 22:22, 28 May 2007 (UTC)
This section was edited to say that Unilever's move with the Rainforest Alliance got mixed reviews, without providing any support for that. hence, I have removed this. It was provided by an unregistered user. Criticism for the Rainforest Alliance can be found at that entry. Mtl1969 09:03, 5 June 2007 (UTC)
Vincent1, you state 'The move has received mixed reviews: Rainforest Alliance certification, dubbed "Fairtrade lite" by various observers and news sources, is questioned in the industry and was described in January 2005 by Oxford University professor Alex Nicholls as "an easy option for companies looking for a “flash in the pan at a cheap price”.'
I can find no evidence that Unilever's move received mixed reviews. please provide those. a 2 year old quote regarding the Rainforest Alliance cannot be seen to apply to a move that happend in May 2007. accordingly, i have removed your edits The criticism of Rainforest Alliance exist but is extensively covered at their page Mtl1969 13:56, 5 June 2007 (UTC)
Criticism section of the article
Does the full text of this song in the 'Criticism' section add anything useful to an article about Unilever? I'd like to see an open discussion of this. In my opinion it simply devalues the article and Wikipedia as well.--Chris Jefferies 11:41, 14 June 2007 (UTC)
As nobody has commented so far I'm going to remove the words of the song, they don't belong in this article and are presumably copyright. I'm leaving the mention of the song.--Chris Jefferies 17:05, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
agree with you- full text is not relevant. Mtl1969 07:53, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
I think some the lyrics is quite relevant. Especially since this wikipedia article is a whitewashed version of Unilever history! With such jokes as - "[criticism] devalues the article" indicating the total lack of a critical perspective quite susinctly. Wikipedia is not meant to be a boosterism website. I agree that hiding all the useful information in the article in the Criticism Section is a problem - letting the rest be a guide to brand awareness to promote the company... Also, Copyright of Chumbawamba lyrics is for public use, if you had bothered to look it up before censoring.Rusl 19:10, 22 June 2007 (UTC)
I removed the line 'Unilever gives funding and support to planned parenthood, a leading pro-abortion organization.' from the Criticism section. First of all, it lacks a Global View- i presume this is a US-only issue not really relevant to the other markets that Unilever operates. Second, it doesn;t contain any references or sources. Third, with a multinational like Unilever you can probably find a local boycot discussion in every market they operate- i think the objective of this wikipedia article is to give an overveiw of the subject at a global level, not to go into the nitty gritty of every discussion in every market around the world. Mtl1969 09:40, 3 July 2007 (UTC)
- I agree; I removed it two days earlier but it crept back in. Abtract 10:19, 3 July 2007 (UTC)
Care needs to be taken not to clutter articles uneccesarily with the addition of "UK" just as a matter of principle. For instance London and Rotterdam in this article are sufficiently well known not to need the addition of their countries - note the articles on these cities do not have the country in the title. For the very small number of people who may be confused, there is a difect link anyway. IMHO these country additions simply add clutter for no gain. :) Abtract 11:00, 31 August 2007 (UTC)
- Stating the UK is consistent with other Wiki FTSE 100 company entries and also accurate. The possibility it is cluttered is not an issue with regards the fact, but an issue with regards the layout of the page itself...perhaps this should be addressed? Other encyclopaedias would and do state "London, UK". There is no reason Wiki should be any different. It is essential to have consistency across Wiki and this Unilever article is now inconsistent. Darkieboy236 11:12, 31 August 2007 (UTC)
- MMM I don't agree, asthetics are important whereas "facts" in detail simply for principle sake are not. But I will go along with concesus should it be for adding UK. Abtract 11:22, 31 August 2007 (UTC)
- Your point about clutter is reasonable. Perhaps there is something that can be done to de-clutter without removing the facts? Darkieboy236 11:34, 31 August 2007 (UTC)
- That's easy ... simply leave out the unecessary countries as has been the case in this article sincle its inception - almost all people likely to be reading wp will know them and for the few that are in doubte they will follow the links to london or rotterdam, that being what internal links are for. Abtract 11:40, 31 August 2007 (UTC)
- Still not accurate. If there was only one London on planet Earth then it would be more acceptable. However, there are approx 25-30 other places on this planet called London, therefore it should be stated that the one in question is the one in the UK. If it was one of the many Londons in the USA or one of the Londons in Canada it would be made clear which one it is, so there is no difference with the one in the UK. You and I know which London it is, but please don't assume that every one else knows. That is making an assumption and encyclopaedias are not about making assumptions. Darkieboy236 11:46, 31 August 2007 (UTC)
- I notice you added "The Netherlands" and "UK". Abtract 16:19, 31 August 2007 (UTC)
- Yes, with no objections as it is factually correct. Darkieboy236 21:03, 31 August 2007 (UTC)
- I think this refers to the fact that the company's share price is listed by many newspapers, business magazines and websites, stock dealers etc. As this is the opening sentence of the article, perhaps it should be reworded and/or linked to an article on share dealing where the term 'widely listed' might be defined. The reference given doesn't actually help define the meaning. --Chris Jefferies 00:21, 2 November 2007 (UTC)
The article states that Heartbrand was begun in 1999. I remember many of the national brands in different countries all using the same (pre-heart) logos long before that date. What was the situation before the heart? Were they owned by a different company? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Cospelero (talk • contribs) 17:33, 28 October 2007 (UTC)
Home and Personal Care
The article states that almost all of Unilever's brands fall into two categories, Food and Beverages, and Home and Personal Care. What follows is a Food and Beverage section, with no Personal Care products listed afterwards. A check of history shows that the entire section with all products was deleted by an unregistered user. I am restoring this section as best I can. If there are factual problems with the list as it existed, these should be explained before deleting the entire section. --Bridgecross 20:16, 1 November 2007 (UTC)
A & W Canada ownership?
This article reads that Unilever owns A & W in Canada. This is an entirely new addition, and there is no citation. Furthermore, on Unilever's international website and it's Canadian website there is no A & W listed in it's brands. Is this true? 22.214.171.124 17:43, 15 November 2007 (UTC)
- I work for Unilever and even I can't be sure about this! I don't think it's correct - but you're right, we need something to cite. If I can find out one way or another I'll add the details here on the Talk page. --Chris Jefferies 00:39, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
- Didn't take as long as I thought, A & W is owned by Cadbury-Schweppes according to their Company website. As the item in the Unilever article is demonstrably incorrect I think I'll just remove it. --Chris Jefferies 00:49, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
Cadbury owns the A&W Root Beer brand and not the Canadian A&W restaurant chain. I did some more research, Unilever owned A&W Food Services of Canada from 1972 until July 1995. A management buyout was initiated by former CEO Jeffrey Mooney (). Toni S. 06:40, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
- An impressive bit of research, I salute you! Seems pretty definitive. --Chris Jefferies 08:51, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
Addition youtube criticism
I added the recent criticism of the Dove vs. Axe ad campaigns, including a major media outlet's article about it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mcas (talk • contribs) 07:48, 26 November 2007 (UTC)
I think it is a relevant addition but a little too extensive for an encyclopedic article. I suggest it be trimmed down to become a useful summary- if people want to know more they can then follow the links or references. Remember that this article is supposed to give an overview of Unilever as a company through time and worldwide. dedicating a fith of the article to the dove-axe controversy seems a bit excessive. Mtl1969 (talk) 12:45, 12 December 2007 (UTC)
comments moved from personal talk page
- Minor co-operations between competitors is not uncommon. I am going to move this section to the unilever article where it has more relevance. Abtract (talk) 23:37, 11 December 2007 (UTC)
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Deforestation for palm oil production
The criticism section of the article now contains a strong condemnation of Unilever for destroying rainforest for palm oil production. A more balanced view might take account of statements like this one from Greenpeace. 'Unilever is supporting our call for a moratorium on the ground but even though they are the biggest buyer they represent only 3 per cent of the palm oil purchasers and the moratorium will need a lot more support from other companies before we see real change on the ground in Indonesia.' The paragraph is taken from the Greenpeace website.
The quality of the article and the standing of Wikipedia both depend on achieving balance, ie NPOV. There seems to be a strange perception in the minds of some that a company view is bound to be partisan while the view of a pressure group is not. As a Unilever employee it's probably not advisable for me to do more than raise this on the discussion page. The same might be true for any member of a protest organisation. --Chris Jefferies (talk) 10:33, 24 June 2008 (UTC)
RfC: Is the content and tone of the Criticism section suitable for this article?
(RFCecon tag was here.)
Some of the material in the Criticism section may be inaccurate or PoV. As an employee of Unilever I do not wish to edit the article but would like others to consider the section and edit it if necessary.
- I made changes to the presentation, but not the content. What exactly do you find questionable? − Twas Now ( talk • contribs • e-mail ) 04:34, 12 July 2008 (UTC)
The part that troubles me most is the claim, 'In Ivory Coast, too, Unilever is clearing forest for oil palm plantation'. Thanks for adding the fact tag, that's useful. It's a bold claim that is (I believe) POV and unsupportable. Let's see if the author can come up with a suitable reference.
The next sentence is also a cause for concern. To present as a fact, that Unilever is directly responsible for threatening an endangered primate species is entirely unsupportable, I think. Is the reference unbiased? If the article contains a reference to Wildvet.at perhaps it should also give a reference to this Greenpeace article or even Unilever's own statement.
Strong, possibly biased remarks in Wikipedia articles need strong, independent references that clearly support those remarks. At the time of writing, this Google search lists ten more references that might help. Some are from eco sites, the others from business news sites.
RFCecon tag removed following a further edit by Twas Now ( talk • contribs • e-mail ). The criticism section reads much better now. Thanks to anyone who helped with this. --Chris Jefferies (talk) 08:54, 16 July 2008 (UTC)
- I have attempted to update the status of some of those critiques. I also noted that this article omits a lot of the positive things that this co has done from its history (e.g. founding Port Sunlight) through innovation (e.g. Pureit low-cost water filters) to its recognition as one of the first stocks entered on the FTSE4Good index of companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards. Ephebi (talk) 20:50, 19 July 2008 (UTC)
It has gone worse again, but now we also have CSR sections. I think this is all undue at best and more likely pov. I have tagged the section as POV, lets wait for response. Arnoutf (talk) 19:05, 17 June 2010 (UTC)
- Bit bold again but I merged the critisism and pro-unilever comments in a single section "Corporate image", where I classified according to social and environmental, and included both positive and critical remarks. I hope that this way I have prepared a more balanced view of the Unilever corporate behaviour. Arnoutf (talk) 19:35, 20 June 2010 (UTC)
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list sections overextensive
I think this article is quite promising, but I think the central section, which is currently filled by long, long lists, should be seriously considered. Remember wikipedia is not a catalog of Unilever brands. (For some obscure reason the listmania seems a very Dutch thing, as I have mainly encountered this on Netherlands related articles, or translations from Dutch wikipedia. Perhaps that style is widely accepted on Dutch wikipedia, but it is seen as undesirable here. So some translation between the Wiki cultures may be in place). Arnoutf (talk) 15:09, 7 December 2008 (UTC)
- Been bold, moved the lists of brands to a new place List of Unilever brands. Arnoutf (talk) 19:45, 8 March 2009 (UTC)
India child labour article merger proposal
The proposed merger of the Child Labour Issues of Unilever in India into this one is in my opinion not a good idea for several reasons.
- The Child labour issues article is very clearly showing an anti Unilever POV. The tone of that artice is not encyclopedic at all, and rather opiniating (soapbox style). The current article child issues article cannot be merged without lowering the quality of any article it would be merged into, and therefore it should not be merged into any article.
- The relevance of this case is, in the context of Unilevers global operation, hardly notable. To prevent undue attention in the context of this article, the whole case warrants (at best) a very short 3-4 line paragraph; probably even less. The Child labour article is many times larger, and can hence not be merged into this article. Arnoutf (talk) 20:48, 27 May 2009 (UTC)
- Disagree Those items are related, but have a whole different scope. -- Marcel Douwe Dekker (talk) 23:54, 5 June 2009 (UTC)
- That article reads like an essay, and offers little encyclopedic information. At first a better option seems to be to delete that whole article, maybe add a few lines here and in the Child labour article. -- Marcel Douwe Dekker (talk) 00:06, 6 June 2009 (UTC)
Information about the 'heartbrand' has been removed from the article, and replaced with a link. But the link just redirects back here. What's up with that? 126.96.36.199 (talk) 07:03, 7 July 2010 (UTC)
- Solved, old redirect from time when Heartbrand information was still here; redirected to List_of_Unilever_brands#Heartbrand. Arnoutf (talk) 11:33, 7 July 2010 (UTC)
Conopco redirects here, but there's no explanation in the article of what Conopco is. (A portmanteau of "CONsolidated OPerating COmpany", it's the operating subsidiary of Unilever United States.) Not sure where this would actually belong in the article. (I suspect it might actually make sense to have a separate ULUS article or section, since that division accounts for a lot of the company's history, and then Conopco could redirect there.) 188.8.131.52 (talk) 02:22, 8 November 2011 (UTC)
'Unilever claims that corporate social responsibility is at the heart of its business. '
'However, the transition to a responsible and sustainable company is ongoing and Unilever has attracted a variety of criticisms from political, environmental and human rights activists on not achieving the high aims it communicates on a number of topics.'
Transition? So it wasn't before? Source please.
And then the criticisms are cited to 'Unilever Corporate Crimes' at 'Corporate Watch.' ORLY? WP:RS
I don't think so.
'Unilever states it is committed to the elimination of animal testing, and that in those countries where it is a legal requirement it tries to convince the relevant authorities to change the law.'
This is not controversial.
' Some activists[who?] argue that this is little more than an effort to gain good publicity and Unilever continue to use animal experimentation such as the LD50.#
Unsourced, potentially libellous.
'In 2003, Hindustan Unilever was accused of making use of child labour.
Hindustan Unilever, had been showing television advertisements for skin-lightening cream, Fair and Lovely, depicting depressed, dark-skinned women, who had been ignored by employers and men, suddenly finding new boyfriends and glamorous careers after the cream had lightened their skin.'
Ok, is this relevant to the wider Unilever, considering that Hindustan Unilever already covers this?
'The Austrian branch of Unilever (Eskimo) is producing and marketing an ice-cream under the name Mohr im Hemd. "Mohr" (moor), is a colonial German word for African or black people, has a heavily colonialist and racist connotation., "Mohr im Hemd" (moor in the shirt) is a traditional Austrian chocolate speciality which refers to naked, "wild" Africans. Unilever refutes any racist intentions and claims that it has tested the name in broad market studies in Austria without any critical feedback.'
It's a traditional dessert, like spotted dick, why does this need mentioning here, on the page for a multi-billion-euro company?
'Unilever received criticism from The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood for a 2007 Axe marketing campaign, which they considered sexist. Unilever's response was that the campaign was intended as a spoof and "not meant to be taken literally".'
Ok, so some group of anti-capitalists got pissed off. Is this really a sufficiently key criticism of the Unilever corporation to go here? Try Lynx (grooming product) perhaps?
What about skin lightening creams? Unilever's Fair and Lovely cream is a major product in South Asian countries. It's also super controversial on the fact that it's blatantly colorist. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Houdinipeter (talk • contribs) 04:32, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
Opposition to labelling food with genetically modified ingredients
I do NOT agree that this section is WP:UNDUE and therefore I believe it should remain.
If you disgree, please explain why. (I might agree with you!) Thanks in advance, Pdfpdf (talk) 04:57, 2 December 2012 (UTC)
- Firstly this is new content and the issue is therefore whether it should be added, not removed.
- The sourcing for this is low quality and demonstrates no significance in the context of Unilever's overall operations. There is no evidence whatsover of a "growing boycott of Unilever products across America". This is undue, recentist, WP:LOCAL and trivial.Rangoon11 (talk) 11:14, 2 December 2012 (UTC)
- Firstly this is new content and the issue is therefore whether it should be added, not removed. - Fair comment.
- The sourcing for this is low quality - If you feel the sourcing is inadequate, add. Don't just delete it.
- and demonstrates no significance in the context of Unilever's overall operations. - I'm afraid I have to disagree with you there - it is no less significant than many of the other things mentioned on the page. (Do you feel that they, too, should be removed?)
- There is no evidence whatsover of a "growing boycott of Unilever products across America". - Fair coment.
- This is undue - Just which "this" are you referring to? The previous phrase, or the whole section? If the previous phrase, I agree. If the whole thing, then I ask you again: please explain why. (Simply restating something that you have already said is not helpful.)
- recentist - Not really - issues related to food labelling have been under discussion for decades.
- WP:LOCAL - Hardly! (One of the web pages quoted is European, and similar discussions are occurring in other states of the US, and in many other countries around the planet.)
- and trivial. - Again: Hardly! (Governments don't organise referendums on matters that are "trivial", and companies don't spend $46 million campaigning against "trivial" matters.)
- The removed text was:
Throughout 2012, Unilever contributed US$372,100 to a US$46 million dollar political campaign known as "The Coalition Against The Costly Food Labeling Proposition, sponsored by Farmers and Food Producers" <ref>http://www.kcet.org/news/ballotbrief/elections2012/propositions/prop-37-funding-genetically-engineered-food.html</ref> This organisation was set up to oppose a citizen's initiative, known as Proposition 37, demanding mandatory labelling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. As a result, there is a growing boycott of Unilever's products across North America.<ref>http://anh-europe.org/news/anh-calls-for-international-boycott-of-prop-37-no-campaign-companies</ref>
- Do you have any problems with the following? If so, please state specifically what, and why.
Throughout 2012, Unilever contributed US$372,100 to a US$46 million dollar political campaign known as "The Coalition Against The Costly Food Labeling Proposition, sponsored by Farmers and Food Producers". This organisation was set up to oppose a citizen's initiative, known as Proposition 37, demanding mandatory labelling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients.<ref>http://www.kcet.org/news/ballotbrief/elections2012/propositions/prop-37-funding-genetically-engineered-food.html</ref> The vote was held on 6 November 2012, and Proposition 37 was defeated 53% to 47%.<ref>http://www.voxxi.com/prop-37-labeling-gmo/</ref><ref>http://anh-europe.org/news/anh-calls-for-international-boycott-of-prop-37-no-campaign-companies</ref>
- The new text is certainly better with the removal of reference to a boycott. The text still needs to clarify that the initiative applied to California only. I am still skeptical that a contribution of $370,000 is significant in the context of a 100 year old multinational with revenues of Euro 46 billion however. To demonstrate significance to Unilever and to this article I would like to see some coverage of Unilever's contribution which is not from local media in California. I am aware of no coverage of this in Unilever's home country, the UK.Rangoon11 (talk) 15:41, 2 December 2012 (UTC)
- The new text is certainly better ... - Thank you.
- The text still needs to clarify ... - Agreed.
- I am still skeptical ... - That sort of misses one of the major points, that being the fact that they contributed to the cause ...
- To demonstrate significance to Unilever and to this article I would like to see some coverage of Unilever's contribution which is not from local media in California. - Fair comment.
- So where to from here? Pdfpdf (talk) 11:51, 3 December 2012 (UTC)
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Unilever acquired Mac Fisheries before it was Unilever?
Under the History subhead it states: para 1: Unilever was formed in September 1929 by a merger of ... para 3: In 1922 Unilever acquired Mac Fisheries, owner of T. Wall & Sons. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 20:05, 30 September 2014 (UTC)
Kodaikanal mercury poisoning
I added Kodaikanal info in controversy section after the release of Sofia Ashraf's song, with information on the song and the allegations. Since then, it's been revised with the bulk of information coming directly from Unilever's website, citing the website itself, asserting that the spill is not Unilever's fault and they are waiting on the government to clean-up. This violates WP:NPOV, and while I think it's good to mention Unilever's response, hardly gives an accurate or balanced picture of the incident. (Not to mention the page itself is very biased, with unsourced claims like, "There were no adverse impacts on the health of employees or the environment. This has been confirmed by many independent studies." I would much appreciate help in clarifying and expanding sources and info on Unilever's environmental impact. Preferably not with Unilever as the main source. Fuzchia (talk) 21:28, 27 August 2015 (UTC)