Students get taste of food, sustainability and finance at Unilever

Students from the MSc Finance & Investments Advanced programme at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) visited Unilever as part of their curriculum on 8 December 2017. In addition to attending a session about combining sustainability with profit and employee development, the students played a tasting game with Unilever food products.

At Unilever Bestfoods Netherlands’ head office, the 46 students from the Class of 2018 learned how Unilever fosters its employees’ development from the company’s staff Jules de Vrijer, EU material cost manager; Guido van der Horst, finance intern; and Jeroen Berends, management trainee finance.

Sustainability for profit and people

Especially the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan plays a central role at the company and is embedded in every activity at Unilever, they learned.

“It seems to me that Unilever has recognised the need for sustainability and reconciles it with business in value enhancing activities, both for its profit and the people surrounding them,” said finance student Anne Mesguich from France.

Tasting competition

Senior finance professionals Patrick van den Boom and Frank Verhagen, walked the students through their careers at Unilever and discussed challenges and opportunities they found along the way.

The company visit also included an office tour and a tasting competition, where students were challenged to identify which product was from Unilever and which was from competitors.

The day ended with networking drinks at the office. “I loved talking to the employees of Unilever. It gave a great impression of their culture,” said Dutch finance student Dominique Nolen.

Corporate partnership

Unilever is a corporate partner of the advanced finance master. The programme regularly organises such company visits so students can learn about career opportunities, industries and company cultures.

Partnering with RSM’s top-level MSc Finance & Investments Advanced programme gives companies access to an exclusive group of world-class finance students who have been carefully selected for their exceptional ability, advanced knowledge and quantitative skills, as well as their managerial and social skills.

There are many other mutual benefits to being a corporate partner of this unique programme, including real-life business case support, recruitment opportunities, and networking opportunities with highly talented young professionals and a top finance research group.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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