Case Study: Hindustan Lever Limited
tion and management to work with rural entrepreneurs in spreadingawareness.
HLL is a multinational company 51 percent owned by the Anglo-Dutch company Unilever. Its product portolio eatures household andpersonal care products—including such leading household brands inIndia as Sur—as well as oods and beverages. Te company distrib-utes nearly a thousand products through its network o 4 warehouses,more than 40 agents, 7,500 wholesalers, and many large institutionalcustomers. It also sources raw materials, intermediates, and packagingmaterials rom more than 2,000 suppliers. Net sales in 2005 totaledUS$2.2 billion.Since the 1980s HLL has directed most o its investments to des-ignated backward areas and zero-industry districts, helping to reviveseveral sick industries and develop local entrepreneurship. Te com-pany also ocuses on a range o community support activities, includingwater management, empowerment o women, and health and hygieneeducation.
Why do something about HIV and AIDS?
As a subsidiary o Unilever, HLL is committed to providing a sae andhealthy working environment or all employees in accordance with bothUnilever standards on occupational health and national and internation-al public health regulations and requirements relating to HIV and AIDS.Tis commitment is reected in the company’s HIV and AIDS policy (box 3).