Unilever Southern Africa has agreed to partner with the Department of Small Business Development to increase investment in Small, Micro and Medium Enterprise development. This commitment was made by Unilever CEO, Luc-Olivier Marquet, during a meeting with Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni on Friday, 18 September. Present at this meeting was a board-level delegation from Unilever, a senior delegation from the Department of Small Business Development as well as representatives from the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA).
The meeting follows the publication of a racially offensive advert on the Clicks website by Unilever hair brand, TRESemmé. “We were shocked to discover that we had supplied images for the Clicks website that portrayed Black hair as inferior. This was racist and we apologise unreservedly. We immediately began an investigation to understand what happened. At the same time, we began reviewing all the marketing campaigns and images