We’re supporting calls for a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics. And we hope that through collaboration between companies, NGOs and governments – and the dedication of scientists passionate about the cause – it will soon be possible for all cosmetic products to be sold without the need for animal testing anywhere in the world.

Unilever is one of just five companies listed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) as a company ‘working for regulatory change’. In fact, R&D experts at our Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre (SEAC) in Colworth, UK have been working on developing and using alternatives to animal testing to assure product safety for more than 30 years.

We caught up with five scientists who are part of the SEAC team and some of its rising stars. All five are women. They’re all under the age of 30. And they’re all passionate about the role science and technology can play in ending animal testing.

Today, on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, they share a little about their work, their motivations and their advice for young women hoping to carve their own career in scientific research. Scroll through the carousel below to read their stories, in their own words.

57%

of Unilever’s R&D employees are women

50%

of women in our R&D function are in managerial roles

170

scientists work at our SEAC hub – many have international scientific reputations

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