In 2001, a mercury thermometer factory operated by Unilever subsidiary Hindustan Unilever Ltd was shut down by state environmental regulators after it was found that the company had illegally disposed tonnes of mercury wastes at a local scrapyard. The factory site, which is nestled between two biodiverse and ecologically valuable watershed forests in the beautiful […]
Unilever’s Mercury Pollution in Kodaikanal, India – Claims vs Reality
Victory – Hindustan Unilever settles with 591 Kodaikanal workers
PRESS RELEASE: Activists Celebrate as Unilever Settles with Kodaikanal Workers 9 March, 2016 — The settlement between Hindustan Unilever and 591 former mercury workers from its thermometer factory in Kodaikanal is an unprecedented victory and a fitting culmination of the 15-year campaign by workers and the hundreds of thousands of supporters worldwide, said campaign organisations […]
IPEN Mercury Policy Advisor – Guidance on the indentification, management and remediation of mercury-contaminated sites.
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Scientific Opinion on HUL’s Proposed Cleanup — Dr. Sultan Ismail, Soil Biologist
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Scientific Opinion on HUL’s Proposed Cleanup — Dr. Dilip Boralkar, Member, Supreme Court Monitoring Committee on Hazardous Wastes
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Report shows elevated mercury levels outside HUL factory, claim activists
‘Elevated levels of mercury in a few samples taken outside the now defunct thermometer factory of Hindustan Unilever (HUL) in Kodaikanal’. The latest study conducted by the National Environment Engineering Institute (NEERI) has shown elevated levels of mercury in a few samples taken outside the now defunct thermometer factory of Hindustan Unilever (HUL) in Kodaikanal, […]
PCB chief promises steps to clear mercury waste
A panel of experts should be constituted to assess the pollution level in water bodies due to the release of mercury wastes by Hindustan Unilever’s thermometer factory and a committee, comprising former employees, NGOs and revenue officials, to monitor clearing of wastes as per the international standard were the demands raised by MLAs, former employees […]
Action sought against Hindustan Uniliver Ltd.
Demanding strong action against the Hindustan Unilever for the mercury contamination caused in Kodaikanal, the VCK, CPI (M) and MDMK on Monday wanted the State government to initiate a thorough study of the hill station to ascertain the extent of damage.
The viral video with over 3 million views that made Unilever stand up and take notice
The verdant hills, forests and grasslands of Kodaikanal — a popular tourist destination in South India — hides a toxic secret. Unsafe practices of handling and disposing hazardous material at Unilever’s mercury thermometer factory has exposed hundreds of workers to toxic mercury and contaminated the local environment. Dozens of workers have died prematurely, and hundreds of others and their families are struggling to cope with illnesses they believe are caused by exposure to mercury. The tonnes of mercury released into Kodai’s environment by the company has polluted the soil and water and can affect generations to come unless it is cleaned up to exacting standards. In fact, ex-workers say that Unilever’s toxic act is already claiming lives and futures of a second generation of victims. The company, for its part, acknowledges that mercury contaminates the environment but denies that its past practices and its failure to clean up is hurting people.