Unilever began operating in Israel in 1938. Today, Unilever-Israel is a branch of the global company and operates as an independent unit, employing professionals across various fields including R&D, manufacturing, distribution, sales and marketing. The entire activity is managed in Israel and includes 85% of the company's products marketed in Israel in four manufacturing sites throughout the country. In addition to local production and marketing, Uniliver-Israel exports tens of millions of shekels annually, including products to the kosher market in the United States, France and other countries.
Unilever is collaborating closely with Israeli academy and a number of government ministries in Israel. For example, in 2015 Unilever signed The Multinational Corporations Agreement with the Israel Innovation Authority, which results in cooperation between Unilever and the innovation ecosystem in Israel regarding R&D. In addition, Unilever operates an innovation center in Israel dedicated to locating, examining, and adapting local innovation into the company and its various brands.
Every year, Unilever Israel invests in technology and fixed equipment in Israel. For example, "Knorr" is its international brand produced locally, providing the highest quality based on knowledge and manufacturing methods that were imported to Israel. Additionally, Unilever Israel factories established in the periphery have a significant economic and social impact on their surroundings.
Unilever Israel places great emphasis on reducing its environmental footprint in the manufacturing processes. The company ensures that there is diversity in its company and offers opportunities to workers from all sectors In Israeli society. Unilever Israel promotes programs within the framework of social goals of its various brands. For example, the Dove brand partners with the Ministry of Education to strengthen self and body image among youth. Additionally, Thalma, a Unilever project, promotes a healthy and active lifestyle.