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Company Response

Response by Unilever to the paper written by Libby Abbott relating to our tea plantation in Kericho, Kenya

We welcome the opportunity to respond to the paper written by Libby Abbott...We are pleased that the paper highlights the positive living and working conditions of our employees – access to housing, health care...Following previous serious allegations raised in relation to sexual harassment and abuse at our Kericho plantation we have...taken extra preventative measures including the rolling-out of human rights training with the Kenya National Human Rights Commission to a total of 151 managers and 491 unionised employees...A dedicated welfare manager for Kericho has been appointed and she has reached out to over 5,000 people. We also regularly rotate our plantation unit leaders and have initiated a welfare committee with at least 30% female representation to improve liaison between employees and management. However, although we have made substantial improvements, we accept that there is always more that can be done. The nature of such sensitive allegations makes it harder to prove that the reported behaviour has taken place but we recognise that this should not be a reason for inaction...

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