On Friday, Shares of Unilever plc (ADR) (NYSE:UL), gained 0.16% to $43.53.
Unilever, declared it has received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Right’s Campaign’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality.
“We are honored to be recognized for an eighth straight year as one of the ‘Best Places to Work’ by the Human Rights Campaign,” said Mike Clementi, Vice President of Human Resources, Unilever North America. “As a company we work extremely hard to create an inclusive workplace—one where we uphold the belief that everyone should be treated equally and can feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work each day.”
Unilever supports the LGBT community through its PRIDE Group and diversity and inclusion initiatives counting the Ad Council’s “Love Has No Labels” campaign. PRIDE (People Respecting Individuality, Diversity and Equality) is an LGBT Business Resource Group open to all Unilever employees that share a common aim of endorsing respect, individuality, diversity and equality throughout the organization.
Unilever PLC operates in the fast-moving consumer goods market in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australasia, Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Belarus. The company operates through Personal Care, Foods, Refreshment, and Home Care segments.
Shares of SYSCO Corporation (NYSE:SYY), declined -1.16% to $40.92, during its last trading session.
Sysco Corporation, declared that the Board of Directors has approved a 3.3 percent improvement in the quarterly cash dividend to $0.31 per share from the current $0.30 per share. The new dividend is payable on January 22, 2016, to common stockholders of record at the close of business on January 8, 2016.
“This dividend improvement affirms Sysco’s commitment to return value to its stockholders through a combination of dividend payments and share repurchases,” said Bill DeLaney, Sysco’s president and chief executive officer. “Sysco has paid a quarterly cash dividend every quarter since its founding as a public company in 1970 and has raised its dividend 47 times in that period.”
Sysco Corporation, through its auxiliaries, markets and distributes a range of food and related products primarily to the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry. It distributes a line of frozen foods, such as meats, seafood, fully prepared entrees, fruits, vegetables, and desserts; a line of canned and dry foods; fresh meats and seafood; dairy products; beverage products; imported specialties; and fresh produce.
Finally, Shares of Energy XXI Ltd (NASDAQ:EXXI), ended its last trade with -1.25% loss, and closed at $1.58.
Energy XXI, declared its Board of Directors declared a $1.8125 per share quarterly dividend on its shares of 7.25% Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock, which have a face value of $100 per share, and a $3.5156 per share quarterly dividend on its shares of 5.625% Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock, which have a face value of $250 per share. Dividends on both issues will be paid in cash on December 15, 2015 to the holders of record on December 1, 2015. The company presently has 3,000 shares of its 7.25% Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock outstanding and 797,759 shares of its 5.625% Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock outstanding.
Energy XXI Ltd engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and operation of oil and natural gas properties onshore in Louisiana and Texas, and on the Gulf of Mexico. As of June 30, 2015, the company had net proved reserves of 183.5 million barrels of oil equivalent.