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Unilever schrijft tender uit voor accountantscontrole

Unilever heeft aangekondigd dat haar Auditcommissie toonaangevende accountantsbedrijven zal uitnodigen in te schrijven op een tender voor het uitvoeren van de wettelijk vereiste controlewerkzaamheden. (Bericht alleen uitgegeven in het Engels.)

Unilever invites tenders for statutory audit services

London/Rotterdam, 26 July 2013 – Unilever today announced that its Audit Committee will invite leading accountancy firms to tender for its statutory audit contract. PricewaterhouseCoopers’ appointment will expire upon completion of their audit of the accounts for the year ending 31 December 2013.

Unilever Chief Financial Officer Jean-Marc Huët said: “To maintain Unilever’s position at the forefront of good governance, we have decided to put our statutory audit work out to tender with the intention of nominating a new external auditor for 2014.

“Our business is very large in scale and reach, with operations in over a hundred countries. The challenge that this poses for our auditors has been successfully met by PricewaterhouseCoopers over many years and we have always been impressed with the rigour and quality of their audit. However, given changes in the regulatory environment and market expectations, it makes sense for Unilever to rotate its auditors at this time. “We look forward to continuing to work with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a key provider of other professional services going forward.”

Unilever intends to conduct the tender process as quickly as possible, so that a decision can be made in time for the 2014 Annual General Meetings.

For more information, please contact:

Lucila Zambrano
Lucila.Zambrano@unilever.com
+44 (0) 207 822 5354
+44 (0) 7825273767

Flip Dötsch
Flip.Dotsch@unilever.com
+31 (0) 10 217 3715
+31 (0) 6 11375464

About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with operations in 100 countries and sales in over 190. Our products are present in 7 out of 10 homes globally and are used by over 2 billion people on a daily basis. We work with 173,000 colleagues around the world and generated annual sales of over €50 billion in 2012.

Over half of our company’s footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (57% in first half of 2012). Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Our portfolio includes some of the world’s best known brands such as Knorr, Persil / Omo, Dove, Sunsilk, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Rexona / Sure, Wall’s, Lux, Rama, Pond’s and Axe, 14 of which now generate a turnover of €1 billion or more.

For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com

Safe Harbour

This announcement may contain forward-looking statements, including ‘forward-looking statements’ within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as ‘expects’, ‘anticipates’, ‘intends’, ‘believes’ or the negative of these terms and other similar expressions of future performance or results, and their negatives, are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon current expectations and assumptions regarding anticipated developments and other factors affecting the Group. They are not historical facts, nor are they guarantees of future performance. Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, including, among others, competitive pricing and activities, economic slowdown, industry consolidation, access to credit markets, recruitment levels, reputational risks, commodity prices, continued availability of raw materials, prioritisation of projects, consumption levels, costs, the ability to maintain and manage key customer relationships and supply chain sources, consumer demands, currency values, interest rates, the ability to integrate acquisitions and complete planned divestitures, the ability to complete planned restructuring activities, physical risks, environmental risks, the ability to manage regulatory, tax and legal matters and resolve pending matters within current estimates, legislative, fiscal and regulatory developments, political, economic and social conditions in the geographic markets where the Group operates and new or changed priorities of the Boards. Further details of potential risks and uncertainties affecting the Group are described in the Group’s filings with the London Stock Exchange, Euronext Amsterdam and the US Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Group’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended 31 December 2012. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this document. Except as required by any applicable law or regulation, the Group expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Group’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

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http://www.unilever.nl

+31(0)10 217 4844 (na 17.30 +31(0)10 2174000)
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