Company Monitor – Unilever in South Korea
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 Korea
In 1985, Unilever penetrated South Korea for the first time in a joint venture with AEKYUNG. It bought out AEKYUNG’s remaining shares and established Unilever Korea in 1993. Unilever Korea has nine sales offices around the country. It has a factory in Daejeon that produces many of Unilever’s “home and personal care” products, which are popular in South Korea.