Unilever, owner of brands including Wall's Ice Cream and Dove beauty products, has extended its IT outsourcing deal with BT by three years.

This is the third time the contract has been extended since BT first began working with the Anglo-Dutch company in November 2002. The outsourcing agreement has been valued at over £1 billion since it was first signed over a decade ago.

BT will deliver a fully integrated network providing voice, data, video and mobility services to Unilever's 173,000 employees across nearly 100 countries. It will also deliver audio-conferencing and video-conferencing. 

Unilever, whose CIO Willem Eelman was placed third in the CIO 100, hopes that through the use of collaborative technology to encourage flexible working, it will be able to reduce travel spend, increase productivity and efficiency and drive down costs.

Paulo De Sa, vice president of infrastructure services at Unilever said: “The continued innovative use of technology is helping us increase productivity by making our workforce more connected. 

“We are becoming a more agile business and introducing more sustainable ways of working for our employees, customers and suppliers, as well as the two billion consumers who rely on our products every day.”