Close up picture of a women with a mute button symbol over her lips

Unilever

Project: Unmute

Tackling taboo & stigma 

“UNMUTE: End the silence on domestic violence” was a smart twist on a piece of Zoom-zeitgeist social currency – “you’re on mute” – exploiting its lightheartedness to confront audiences with a recognition of just how serious “being silenced” can be.

01The challenge

During the coronavirus lockdown, cases of domestic violence rose by 20% worldwide. Unilever wanted to revolutionize corporate thinking on an employee issue “too big not to tackle.”

02The solution

Our strategy focused on a highly visual campaign underlining the issue that knows no socio-economic boundaries. A LinkedIn Live interview with Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement.

Leading the charge for change

 

UNMUTE is a vital first step to confronting ingrained attitudes to domestic violence at every level: employee, leadership, company, and in global employer culture. This was the revolution Unilever wanted to ignite, and they are committed to continuing to act.

03The impact

Igniting a Revolution

From workplace initiatives to “unmute” employees in need of help, to consumer-facing social media, in just five weeks our campaign reached 12.6M people, broke company records for live engagements, and provoked new thinking on employers’ responsibilities in the COVID emergency era.

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2021: Best Campaign of the Year

PRWeek Global Awards, Internal Communications, 2022

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