Hindustan Unilever Limited (abbreviated to HUL) (BSE: HUL) formerly Hindustan Lever Limited, is India’s largest consumer products company and has an annual turnover of over Rs 13,000 crores (calendar year 2007). It was formed in 1933 as Lever Brothers India Limited and came into being in 1956 as Hindustan Lever Limited through a merger of Lever Brothers, Hindustan Vanaspati Mfg. Co. Ltd. and United Traders Ltd.. It is headquartered in Mumbai, India and has an employee strength of over 15,000 employees and contributes for indirect employment of over 52,000 people. The company was renamed in late June 2007 to “Hindustan Unilever Limited”. In 2007, Hindustan Unilever was rated as the most respected company in India for the past 25 years by Business World, one of India’s leading business magazines . The rating was based on a compilation of the magazines annual survey of
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