Innovation in Unilever
Brands and innovation are at the heart of everything we do. In Unilever, research and development (R&D) is the home of breakthrough technology for bigger, better, faster innovations.
Success for us means creating products that keep pace with changes in consumer lifestyles and that appeal to people at all income levels.
Professor Geneviève Berger, Chief Research & Development Officer and Michael Polk, President Global Foods, Home and Personal Care outline how we combine global strength in R&D with local knowledge to create unique products with proven benefits for consumers.
Overview of research & development in Unilever
The R&D function at Unilever employs over 6,000 professionals located in 20 countries spanning the globe from Mexico to Australia.
Expertise in Unilever
The journey from idea to branded product is only achieved with the collective expertise of our R&D professionals.
The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (launched in 2010) is the company's roadmap on how it will achieve a doubling of the business while halving the environmental footprint of its products.
Ethics of human research
The Central Research Ethics Advisory Group (CREAG) advises the company on the ethics of involving human subjects in research studies. Its aim is to ensure that this remains an intrinsic part of Unilever’s R&D culture, and that Unilever operates to the highest ethical standards in this area.