6 March 2015 – 14th anniversary of Kodaikanal - In Kodaikanal, India, Hindustan Unilever operated a second-hand mercury thermometer factory it inherited from Chesebrough Pond's for 18 years. The factory was located adjacent to a dense and biodiverse protected forest that is part of a prominent watershed. On the 16 March 2001, the factory was shut down for violating environmental laws when it was found to have dumped toxic mercury wastes in nearby forests, within its factory premises and in a scrapyard in a crowded part of town. A Government of India report found that the factory's negligence extended even to occupational hygiene and work safety practices. The report found these to be inadequate and concluded that workers and their families had been affected due to mercury exposure of workers in the shop-floor.

The people of Kodaikanal are calling on you for solidarity in their struggle. Former workers continue to suffer:

Unilever Pty Ltd. (UK) CEO, Paul Polman speaks about improving labour and human rights, ending global poverty and working towards sustainable development. Ex-workers don't believe his promises:

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