I believe that nothing can be greater than a business, however small it may be, that is governed by conscience; and that nothing can be meaner or more petty than a business, however large, governed without honesty and without brotherhood.William Hesketh Lever
Our Corporate Governance Philosophy
At Unilever Consumer Care Limited, the principles of Corporate Governance are based on transparency, accountability, integrity and focus on the sustainable success of the Company over the long-term. Responsible corporate conduct is integral to the way we do our business.
Our actions are governed by our values and principles, which are reinforced at all levels within the Company. At UCL, we are committed to doing things the right way which means taking business decisions and acting in a way that is ethical and in compliance with all applicable legislations. Our Code of Business Principles( the Code) is an extension of our values and reflects our continued commitment to ethical business practices across our operations.
We acknowledge our individual and collective responsibilities to manage our business activities with integrity. These Code inspires us to set standards which not only meet applicable legislation but go beyond in many areas of our functioning.
To succeed, we believe, requires highest standards of corporate behavior towards everyone we work with, the communities we touch and the environment on which we have an impact. This is our road to consistent, competitive, profitable and responsible growth and creating longterm value for our shareholders, our people, and our business partners. The above principles have been the guiding force for whatever we do and shall continue to be so in the years to come.
The Board of Directors (‘the Board’) are responsible for and committed to sound principles of corporate governance in the Company. The Board plays a crucial role in overseeing how the management serves the short and long-term interests of shareholders and other stakeholders. This belief is reflected in our governance practices, under which we strive to maintain an effective, informed and independent Board. We keep our governance practices under continuous review and benchmark ourselves to best practices across the globe.
Corporate Governance Certification
As part of its corporate policy, the Company always strives to maintain high standards of compliance in Corporate Governance. The Company has complied with all necessary guidelines in accordance with the requirements of Corporate Governance Code as mandated by BSEC. The Status of Compliance on Corporate Governance Code for the year 2022 is presented as annexure # IV of Directors’ Report 2022, along with the Certificate of Compliance required under the said code.
Compliance to various laws, rules and regulations is one of the core fundamentals for good corporate governance. UCL delivers accurate and periodic reporting on issues/events and certifications, wherever necessary under the local legislations. Furthermore, the Company always embraces the highest levels of compliance with all the applicable legal and regulatory obligations through the establishment of an effective governance regime, which facilitates the practice of the highest levels of corporate governance within the Company. Being a fully compliant Company, it strives to remain the same, not only in letters but in its real spirit.