Unilever

Unilever, a global company, produces and markets a wide range of foods, home and personal care products. The Unilever Canada Rexdale Plant, an ISO14001 registered site since 1999, produces approximately 185 million pounds of edible oil products each year. Its products include some of the leading brand name margarines, such as Becel and Imperial.

In March 2004, Unilever Bestfoods North America awarded the Rexdale Plant the Recognition of Eco-Efficiency Initiative for its Energy Conservation initiative in support of Unilever's Environmental Sustainability efforts.

Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, MD, MPP Etobicoke North, met with the Rexdale Plant's Energy Team on April 23, 2004, in recognition of the company's environmental stewardship and conservation.
Unilever and Dr. Shafiq Qaadri

Unilever Canada is a corporate sponsor of the Humber Arboretum. In May of this year, Unilever donated $100,000 to the Humber Arboretum.

On the last safety day held on October 27, 2003, Unilever celebrated four years without a lost time accident.

Through a comprehensive energy savings program implemented since 1999, the Unilever Canada Rexdale Plant has received close to $10k from Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) in rebates; they have also assisted us with energy audits, and training at much reduced rates. Our site has put its energy team, The Watt Watchers, through the comprehensive 1-day Spot the Energy Savings training. The total energy savings since 1999 has exceeded 3.5 million. Our site has also been featured in the 2002-2003 CIPEC annual report, just published. For more information, contact names, etc., please contact our Energy Team Leader, Doug Dittburner, C.E.T. for specific details.


March, 2005

The Unilever Canada, Rexdale, Ontario plant's Energy Team, The Watt Watchers, took a pleasant trip to Ottawa to receive a Natural Resources Canada award for energy efficiency.

From the Canadian Edition of Time magazine: "Manufacturing 84 million kg. of margarine and other vegetable-oil products every year; the 170 employees of Unilever Canada's Rexdale, Ontario, plant haven't hesitated to submit their ideas for saving energy under the plant's Watt Watchers Energy Team program. Since 2001 the plant has turned 120 ideas into energy-efficiency projects, saving about $3 million in energy costs and eliminating about 23,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases. Two of the more innovative projects include using waste oil and margarine as fuel for boilers and a water treatment process that reduces water consumption and reclaims heat. To keep employees interested, the plant recognizes their good ideas with T-shirts, energy -efficient light bulbs and photos prominently displayed of winning submissions. 'We encourage people to question everything,' says Doug Dittburner, the plant's Chief Engineer."