At last count, India’s largest fast moving consumer goods company has given over 500 CEOs to corporates across the world. Hindustan Unilever also repeatedly features amongst the most respected and most innovative companies, nationally and internationally. HUL believes in ‘starting early’ with its flagship global management trainee program, Unilever Future Leadership Program (UFLP). A majority of the company’s senior leaders emerge from this program centered on the ‘Leaders Build Leaders’ philosophy. It is a 15-month program that blends the formal learning component with functional rotational schemes, coaching, on-the-job development followed by assessment. It is no surprise then, that HUL is often called the ‘best school for CEOs’. Another philosophy adding to their compelling employer brand is that ‘sustainable, equitable growth is the only acceptable business model’. This strategy, embodied in the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) aspires for HUL’s brands and services to reach and inspire people across the world, helping it double the size of its business whilst reducing its environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact. BP Bidappa, Director, HR, says “We want people to bring their individual dimension into their jobs, sync people’s motivations with what they are doing.” And that’s what has kept them amongst the Top Companies for Leaders through the years.
Learning and Development Manager, APAC & MEA, Aon Hewitt