Company Monitor – Unilever in South Africa
The Company Monitor analyzes the performance of Ahold, Unilever, Philips and Akzo Nobel in six countries. The surveyed companies were chosen based on three criteria: operate in different countries, in various sectors and be known to the Dutch public. For five years these companies were monitored in developing countries, noting aspects of rights and labor relations, in addition to working conditions. The central issue is to verify that in this period there was no improvement in the situation of workers.
Unilever's presence in South Africa
Unilever products have been available in South Africa since the introduction of Sunlight Soap in 1890. The South African subsidiary of Lever Brothers was registered in 1904, and its first factory was opened in 1912 in Cape Town. A second factory was opened in 1914, in Durban. This factory produced soap and remains at Durban’s Maydon Wharf. A margarine factory was built in 1954 in Boksburg, Gauteng.