Notes to the Annual Report on Form 20-F This PDF version of the Unilever Annual Report on Form 20-F 2012 is an exact copy of the document filed with the SEC at www.sec.gov. Certain sections of the Unilever Annual Report on Form 20-F 2012 have been audited. These are where indicated on pages 23 to 29. The Annual Report on Form 20-F 2012 references the Unilever Annual Report and Accounts 2012. The sections of the Unilever Annual Report and Accounts 2012 that have been audited are set out on pages 86 to 131, 133 to 136, 139 to 141 and those parts noted as audited within the Directors’ Remuneration Report on pages 77 to 81. The maintenance and integrity of the Unilever website is the responsibility of the Directors; the work carried out by the auditors does not involve consideration of these matters. Accordingly, the auditors accept no responsibility for any changes that may have occurred to the financial statements since they were initially placed on the website. Legislation in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions. Disclaimer Except where you are a shareholder, this material is provided for information purposes only and is not, in particular, intended to confer any legal rights on you. This Annual Report on Form 20-F does not constitute an invitation to invest in Unilever shares. Any decisions you make in reliance on this information are solely your responsibility. The information is given as of the dates specified, is not updated, and any forward-looking statements are made subject to the reservations specified in the Safe harbour statement on pages 12 to 13 of the Report. Unilever accepts no responsibility for any information on other websites that may be accessed from this site by hyperlinks.
UNILEVER N.V. AND UNILEVER PLC
ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 20-F 2012
MAKING SUSTAINABLE LIVING COMMONPLACE
Item 1 Identity of Directors, Senior Management and Advisers Item 2 Offer Statistics and Expected Timetable Item 3 Key Information Item 4 Information on the Company Item 4A Unresolved Staff Comments Item 5 Operating and Financial Review and Prospects Item 6 Directors, Senior Management and Employees Item 7 Major Shareholders and Related Party Transactions Item 8 Financial Information Item 9 The Offer and Listing Item 10 Additional Information Item 11 Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk Item 12 Description of Securities Other than Equity Securities Item 13 Defaults, Dividend Arrearages and Delinquencies Item 14 Material Modifications to the Rights of Security Holders and Use of Proceeds Item 15 Controls and Procedures Item 16 Reserved Item 17 Financial Statements Item 18 Financial Statements Item 19 Exhibits
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References in this Report on Form 20-F are to certain references in the Group’s Annual Report and Accounts 2012 that include pages incorporated therein, including any page references incorporated in the incorporated material, unless specifically noted otherwise. The following pages and sections of the Group’s Annual Report and Accounts 2012 and specified information referenced therein, regardless of their inclusion in any cross-reference below, are hereby specifically excluded and are not incorporated by reference into this report on Form 20-F: • • • • • • pages 2 to 5; ‘Operational highlights‘ on page 6; ‘Five-year historical Total Shareholder Return (TSR) Performance’ on page 75; pages 84 and 85; pages 132 to 143; and information on our website or any other website or social media site, including our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.
This report on Form 20-F and the Group’s Annual Report and Accounts 2012 (furnished separately on 8 March 2013 under Form 6-K) contain certain measures that are not defined by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) such as IFRS. We believe this...