Open Innovation

We have a vision of a better future for our world and our business – and we want partners to share it.

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We want to create a better future – for consumers, for the environment, and for our business. To achieve that vision, we need to innovate – to improve existing products and create new ones.

We have world-class research and development facilities, making breakthroughs that keep Unilever at the forefront of product development.  But we know that the world is full of brilliant people, with brilliant ideas – and we are constantly looking for new ways to work with potential partners.

We call this way of working Open Innovation.

Small actions, big difference

By working with us, you could help change the world – even if it is a little at a time. More than 2 billion people use a Unilever product every day, and improving our products, or creating new ones, makes a difference to millions of people's lives.

We’re looking for help in achieving our most important ambition. We've recognised that the planet will not be able to sustain the demands on its resources that will come from a growing population unless people everywhere – including us – find new ways to do things. The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan sets out our commitment to halving the environmental impact – and increasing the social benefits – of our products as we grow our business. For details on the submissions process, please read the information on our Open Innovation process.

We want good technological ideas to become reality quickly – whoever thought of them first.

Often we will have specific challenges we'd welcome your collaboration on: a new formula, a new technique, new packaging or a fresh design solution to a product we already have in mind. We call these our 'wants' - view the latest list of 'wants'. To find out more about the process of collaboration with Unilever, please take a look at the information on submitting a technical solution.

The formal submission process requires you to complete a ‘Submitter Information Form’ and provide a certain amount of non-confidential information about your submission. This will help us assess your solution in greater detail. So if you believe that your innovation could help us make a difference, this could be the beginning of an exciting journey for both of us.