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Website: https://www.unilever.com
Industry: Manufacturing
Location: Canada
Technology: Intranet, SharePoint

Revamping Intranet with SharePoint framework (SPFx): Unilever Case study

Revamping existing intranet with SPFx: Unilever 

Background and History   

Unilever, a global company with a global purpose, with over 400 brand names in 190 countries, has been operating for 125-plus years in Canada. They are a leader in sustainable business. Their portfolio includes some of the iconic brands we all come across in our everyday life – Dove, Knorr, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Magnum, and Axe, to name a few.

The Problem 

Unilever, a global brand, has over 200,000 professionals worldwide who work with clients and external consultants, thousands of partners, customers and vendors; the scale of that teamwork is truly immense—sharing content among that matrix of internal and external colleagues without oversharing presented a challenge. With the outbreak of COVID-19, the crisis hastened the need for remote collaboration and staying connected. They operated over 30 plus sites for different departments, designs and architecture. They wanted to standardize and apply the same corporate theme across all sites, which would be used by suppliers, customers, partners and employees. Their primary focus is on making collaboration as secure as possible.  

Our Solution 

Collaboration is a multifaceted process requiring exquisite attention to protecting internal data and that of its clients, partners, and other external parties. Our team at Evolvous planned and executed the brand-new intranet for Unilever with their desired custom branding and security. Following an analysis of the Customer’s requirements, their corporate landing page was redesigned with a news carousel, document storage and quick links to essential information about corporate branding. It also consisted of a monthly employee newsletter, recent press releases, policies, Upcoming events, time zone, weather and an image gallery. Our team built out different sites on SharePoint for different groups leveraging SPFx web parts, such as – customers, partners and sellers, to self-serve the information they needed.

The Impact 

With the current intranet in place, the team at Unilever now experiences improved collaboration and improved capabilities. The look and feel of their intranet sites match their corporate theme and branding. Documentation is organized, and access to information is faster and easier. Intranet has increased their overall productivity as well as streamlined the processes. Dedicated department sites have broken down the departmental silos and have made knowledge management less confusing and more organized. The brand recognized that SharePoint was another essential way to meet the urgent need to communicate with colleagues, customers, partners and sellers. As a result, Unilever team can now manage their environment more securely and effectively. 

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