Unilever was founded on 1 January 1930 by Antonius Johannes Jurgens, Samuel van den Bergh and William Hulme Lever, 2nd Viscount Leverhulme.
1930s : Business grew and new ventures were launched in Africa and Latin America.
1969 : The Company consolidated its African businesses under Unilever SA, with the following operating subsidiaries.
1972 : Unilever purchased A&W Restaurants' Canadian division
1987 : Unilever strengthened its position in the world skin care market by acquiring Chesebrough-Ponds (merged from Chesebrough Manufacturing and Pond's Creams), the maker of Ragú,Pond's, Aqua- Net, Cutex, and Vaseline. In 1989, Unilever bought Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Fabergé, and Elizabeth Arden, but the latter was later sold (in 2000) to FFI Fragrances.
1996 : Unilever merge Elida Gibbs and Lever Brothers in its UK operations. It also purchased Helene Curtis Industries, significantly expanding its presence in the United States shampoo and deodorant market. The purchase brought Unilever the Suave and Finesse hair-care product brands and Degree deodorant brand.
1997 : Unilever sold the specialty chemicals businesses National Starch & Chemical, Quest, Unichema and Crosfield to ICI for US$8 billion.
1998 : Unilever established a sustainable agriculture program.
2000 : The Company absorbed the American business Best Foods, strengthening its presence in North America and extending its portfolio of foods brands. In April 2000, it bought both Ben & Jerry's and Slim Fast.
2002 : In September 2002, the company sold its specialty oils and fats division, Loders Croklaan.
2007 : In May 2007, Unilever became the first large-scale company to commit to sourcing all its tea in a sustainable manner, employing the Rainforest Alliance, an international environmental NGO, to certify its tea estates in East Africa, as well as third-party suppliers in Africa and other parts of the world. It declared its aim to have all Lipton Yellow Label and PG