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TITLE: To investigate the effects of government policies on the rate of productivity of the Unilever Brothers Ghana Limited

RESEARCH QUESTION: To what extent has government policies on taxation, subsidies and interest rates affected the rate of productivity in Unilever Brothers Limited in Ghana

SESSION: May 2011

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ABSTRACT This extended essay was conducted with the help of the Unilever Brothers Limited which is located in Ghana because it happens to be one of the most leading companies in the country. Due to this reason I decided to base my essay which is “To what extent has government policies on taxation, subsidies and interest rate affected the rate of productivity in Unilever Brothers Limited” on the production process of the company as one can see the effects better when it involves a company and a leading one at that. In the process of conducting this essay, the effects of the policies on Unilever Brothers Limited have been taken into consideration and questions that have been avoided or have not yet been answered have been stated to have a further detailed research into the topic at hand A questionnaire which is at the appendix of this extended essay is divided into two separate parts. The first one is intended for the workers in the company and the second part is for the accountant since he would be more likely to provide accurate and precise information for the research that is being carried out. During the research, enough information was gained from text books, the internet and from teacher’s notes and has been illustrated in the form of pie charts and demand and supply diagrams. This research concludes that the use of taxation has had most effects on the company than subsidies and interest rates. Even though the company did not provide enough information for my research, at the end the government policy on taxation had the most effect on the company and its productivity.

WORD COUNT: 267 WORDS

TABLE OF CONTENTS Topic…………………………………………………………………… Page 1

Abstract………………………………………………………………….Page 2

Introduction……………………………………………………………… Page 4

Research methodology……………………………………………………Page 5

Background Information…………………………………………………Pages 6-9

Findings……………………………………………………………………Pages 10-13

Conclusion…………………………………………………………………..Page 14

Bibliography………………………………………………………………….Page 15

Appendix………………………………………………………………………Page 16

INTRODUCTION
Unilever, an Anglo-Dutch multinational corporation is one of the world’s leading producers that owns and supplies many of the world’s consumer products in beverages, foods and cleaning agents and personal care products. It was created in 1930 by the amalgamation of the operations of British soap maker Lever Brothers and later launched new ventures all over the world. The company is fully multinational with operating companies and factories on every continent in the world except Antarctica. Unilever Limited Ghana is one of the many ventures that are located in West Africa specifically in Ghana. It was established in 1948 and mainly produces toiletries, detergents and cosmetics such as Lipton, OMO washing powder, Geisha bathing soap and Close-Up and was also listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange in 1991. In the 1990’s the business expanded into central and eastern Europe and led to the sale or withdrawal of two-thirds of its brands. The company registered an earnings growth of 58% in 1997 which was largely due to gains from the sales of its shares in UAC textiles and Tractor and Equipment Ghana Ltd. The company is seen to be highly respected as it receives high demand by its consumers all over the world for its products due to its quality and commendable nature. The products serve as a necessity to most Ghanaians since they take into consideration the importance of these basic commodities and which...
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