Unfortunately, we have been unable to bottom the Unilever brands. Unilever Helplines just tell us and the consumer which products contain animal and which do not, not the source of the animal ingredient. They do not know and cannot get this information for us. The consequence is that we don't know if it is suitable or not as not all animal products are impermissible.
We tried very hard to convince Management the importance of divulging such information. However, though the Helplines were very helpful and wanted this issue to be progressed, Management were not so helpful. In short they told us that they would like to tell consumers which products are ok for Muslims and would consult a Muslim body to-do this but it wont be any time soon. They did not want our immediate help and said they would contact us if they needed our assistance. A case of: "Don't call us, we will call you."
At the very least, we would want to know what animal ingredient it is in a product so that one may determine suitability. Insha-Allah Ta'ala. Please read on to see how you can help the Ummah (and yourselves) Jazakakumullah.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
CONTACT Unilever's email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
please copy email@example.com
Please do not forward this message but compose a new message. IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN THE UK, EVEN THEN WE URGE YOU TO EMAIL . PLEASE DO COPY FOODGUIDE@GMWA.ORG.UK SO WE KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE RESPOND PLEASE. WHETHER YOU LIVE IN THE UK, MALAYSIA, USA, AFRICA YOU CAN HELP THIS ENDEAVOUR. IT DOES NOT TAKE LONG TO SEND AN EMAIL OFF. REAP THE REWARDS, INSHA'ALLAH.
Ring the Helplines - Check out the Unilever cosmetic products like Lynx, Elina Faberge, BRUT, Organics, Clairol, Vaseline Dermacare and ring the 0800 number on the packaging. Relay your concerns with regards to the use of animal products and then follow up the call with an email. Ringing them would be very useful. In fact, when we contacted the Organics Helplines to get assistance the representative I spoke to told me how she had just spoken to a couple of Muslim women who were insisting on the source of animal in a product.
You could try this number:
WHAT WILL YOU WRITE?
Simply, we want you to ask Unilever to provide the source of the animal ingredients in cosmetics so that Muslims can determine suitability and to liaise with www.foodguide.org.uk Please note: That is it! You may be professional, polite, persuasive or passive but under no circumstances must you be rude. Islam does not condone rude behaviour and it does not help our cause. At the very least you may copy and paste this message in a new message. DONT FORWARD THIS UPDATE AS IT LOOKS TERRIBLY UNPROFESSIONAL!:
Dear customer services,
re: Unilever Cosmetics
For a Muslim, using Halaal is very important part of everyday life.
For Muslims to have a central, authentic location for Halaal updates is most important. I hope that your organisation will comply like scores of major, prominent corporations like Beirsdorf, L'oreal, Boots, Avon and Superdrug.
I am sure that your organisation will work with the GMWA Foodguide UK to help Muslims determine what is Halaal.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org www.foodguide.org.uk and let me know what Unilever decides.
Why set-up the 'Protest by E-mail' Programme?
We decided to set-up the protest by email venture as it affords the Muslim Community the opportunity to strengthen its consumer power. We calculated 10 seconds (maximum 15 seconds) to post your protest email. It doesn't take much time and all the information is already pre-prepared - not dissimilar to a petition in the Masjid to the local council. We hoped that those out of the UK who receive this Newsletter would also lend a helping hand after all the Muslims are one body and a fraternity unto each other. AlhamdoLillah, we have a wide range of subscribers from all over the globe.
Muslim Consumer Clout a Necessity
Alhumdolillah, it is a great pleasure and privilege for the Foodguide to assist the Muslim Community. However, we need more "Consumer Clout" to assist us to bring you the product lists that you want! Notwithstanding, we have to regretfully report that unless future "protests" are more successful, we will consider discontinuing such a programme. Our limited resources and time just do not justify the time spent. We can either answer questions or manage the sending scores of emails out - not both. We need 15 seconds of your time for the activism part.
Jewish Consumer Power
We Muslims should learn from the success of other communities and give credit to the Jewish Community in particular for their efforts in lobbying and making themselves heard. In the USA, the Jewish community number nearly 5,602,000 and though their population is small they have mustered tremendous pressure for companies to clamour for Kosher certification amongst other things. We in the UK have to be satisfied with the "Suitable for Vegetarians" certification. If we worked together as Muslims companies would seek want Halaal certification too Insha-Allah.
The Choice is yours
Please do take part in the email protests. It will not take no more than 15 seconds of your time and Insha-Allah we would have more leverage over companies. Remember if companies are convinced they might lose Muslim business, they would immediately assist us with our queries. This is the simple fact of the matter. It is up to you. Let us work together on this one.
Please do tell your friends and Ulama about this site.
Allah reward you for using the Foodguide Service. Allah give us tawfique to eat Halaal all the time. Please tell your friends and please pray for us too.
Jazaakumullah and request for Du'aas
and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best