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Unilever: Clean up your Mess

By Namrata Chowdhary

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Ended 04/20/2016

"#UnileverPollutes: I want @Unilever & @PaulPolman to use science not commerce, commit to cleanup #KodaiMercury now."

— Namrata Chowdhary and
other supporters

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On the 20th of April, 2016, Unilever is hosting its Annual General Meeting in Leatherhead, Surrey, UK. I will be there, along with a few other people who care about the toxic legacy that Unilever has left behind in Kodaikanal (India) the beautiful 'princess of hill stations'. We would just like to remind Unilever of something Paul Polman, the CEO of Unilever, tweeted as recently as the 15th of April: Responsible business is public good as well. Please join my campaign so that we can send out a loud reminder to Paul Polman, to all the management team at Unilever, and to shareholders attending the AGM on the 20th, that they must resolve this toxic legacy and protect this fragile ecosystem from further harm. Please sign up in support for a simple message: Unilever needs to clean up its mercury mess in Kodaikanal... and it must apply safe standards, not double standards in doing so. For more information on this 15 year old campaign and to sign our petition, please go to:
  • Thanks for all your support, friends. With your support, we managed to reach out to *over 1 million people* and the message was loud and clear to Unilever: the world expects them to live up to their Sustainable Living Plan in spirit, not just for namesake. Our shareholder engagement was also extremely successful. I was at Leatherhead Station with a few others, and we handed out an open letter to shareholders as they arrived for the AGM. Most of them were sympathetic, many were surprised to hear that this campaign is still on 15 years after the thermometer factory was shut down, and almost all of them agreed that it was simply unacceptable that the dumped mercury should be allowed to remain in Kodaikanal, poisoning this fragile ecosystem and continuing to affect the health of the local community. Most promisingly, we also had a meeting with three senior staff members from Unilever - the company's Chief Legal Officer, the Senior Vice President of Sustainable Business Development and Communications, and the Global Communications Director. At the meeting, we were assured of Unilever's good intent to clean up the mercury mess at Kodaikanal. We have agreed to keep up the conversation in the coming days, so we can arrive at a clear plan ahead in consultation with all involved stakeholders. I shall add further updates as this conversation progresses, but for now, thank you again for helping me shine a spotlight on the continuing toxic disaster at Kodaikanal at this critical time. Your voice helped amplify our message, and together we were impossible to ignore!

    Posted on 2023-04-21 10:51:50