HUL is 'Employer of Choice' for third successive year

HUL has emerged as the No. 1 Employer of Choice for the 2014 graduating batch of B-School students for the third year in a row.

This achievement is recognition by students of the consistent actions HUL has taken over the years to build mutually beneficial relationships and engagements with the student and academic community. HUL believes in a 365 day relationship with our campus audience, investing senior leadership time and effort in brining alive our employer value proposition on campuses. HUL also reaches out to students to understand their needs and expectations on the medium that they spend most time on; Unilever Diaries with a fan base of approximately 3.5 lakhs is a testimony to our strong presence on social media.

HUL’s value proposition

HUL’s strong employer value proposition is rooted in its unique positioning as a “Leadership Factory” – offering big jobs early on in career to groom for functional and business leadership responsibilities.

HUL’s approach to grooming talent and leaders has been built over several decades where every generation of leaders has left a legacy for the future through their commitment, ownership and active participation in the talent attraction and development process.

Attracting the best & laying the right foundation early

With its robust talent systems and processes, HUL identifies talent early and invests to build capability.

HUL offers a rigorous Summer Internship Programme, where interns go through an enriching learning experience by managing live projects that have a direct and huge impact on the business. In 2013, over 40% interns completed projects at international locations in Unilever. HUL is also one of the first to announce Pre-Placement Offers (PPO) for interns across campuses.

Our flagship Unilever Future Leaders Program (UFLP) - a highly sought after program by fresh recruits and acknowledged within and outside Unilever as the best programme of its kind – is another key program. The UFLP provides young managerial recruits an extensive cross functional experience through live projects and learning assignments, including rural & international exposure, within 12-15 months preparing them for bigger responsibilities very early in their careers. What makes the program unique is the strong support system of senior leaders who act as Tutors/ Coaches and Mentors.

Over the years, the UFLP has emerged as an established foundation for many inspiring leaders across and beyond Unilever.

Growth through a diversity of experience/ international experience

HUL has a clearly defined career philosophy which revolves around job rotation and diversity of experiences at all stages of the individual’s career. Clearly defined career paths for all functions help convert this philosophy into reality. Internationalisation is also built in and currently we have almost 200 managers who have been expatriated to other Unilever countries.

Building a high performance culture

HUL’s Performance Management and Reward processes are geared to building a high performance and execution focused culture. The objective is to inspire employees to deliver to their best potential every day by setting ambitious goals and ensuring top rewards for top performance. Periodic performance and development review and feedback discussions ensure high clarity and transparency for employees.

Capability building

Individual Development Plans drawn out for each employee focus on building knowledge and skills for the immediate role and preparing them for future roles. The holistic 70:20:10 capability building approach ensures blended learning with 70% capability built on the job through live assignments, 20% through coaching, short term projects and exposures and 10% through classroom, virtual and e-learning. Over and above, these there are leadership programs led by leaders through the year to build functional capabilities.

Rigorous & transparent people planning processes

HUL has a rigorous and transparent People planning process which is owned by leaders at each level who review and assess talent on both the “What” and the “How’” of performance through an objective process. Capability building and career plans for talent form an integral part of this process. These plans and outcomes are then transparently shared with employees as part of the bi-annual performance and development discussions.

Focus on leadership development

Leadership Development at HUL is about building leaders through a combination of disciplined routines and processes, and something not always evident from outside: a collective expertise, honed through practice, in recognizing and developing talent. This has established HUL as a source of leadership talent, both for Unilever globally and in industry in general. Over 200 managers of HUL currently serve Unilever globally in leadership roles across markets and functions with the numbers steadily increasing over the last few years. HUL is often referred to as a “CEO Factory having contributed over 400 CEOs within the corporate world.

Recognizing the importance of leadership in the larger communities we operate, HUL has also been extending its role in building and harnessing leadership amongst the student community. Senior Leader campus interactions with students to share leadership perspectives and insights and leadership development program and intervention for student leaders are part of this larger initiative which has created great visible impact on students.

Values led & purpose driven

Increasingly, young men and women want to work for a company that reflects their own values. If they believe in a common vision and the larger corporate purpose, they are motivated to deliver great performance. They are looking to join organizations that are values led and purpose driven. In Unilever, we have always believed in doing well by doing good. The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan launched by the company in 2010 has further strengthened our value proposition with young talent.

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan embodies our values and purpose. It underscores our commitment to grow our business responsibly. We have committed to doubling the size of our business while reducing our environmental footprint and increasing our positive social impact. What is most significant about the Plan is that it covers the entire value chain of our business from sourcing to consumer use.

About Hindustan Unilever Limited

Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) is India's largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods company touching the lives of two out of three Indians. HUL works to create a better future every day. We help people feel good, look good and get more out of life with brands and services that are good for them and good for others.

Hindustan Unilever Limited

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Mumbai - 400 099.

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