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 and Michael Polk

The role of R&D in Unilever

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.

Scientist at Unilever’s R&D centre in Shanghai

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.

Scientist checks the fragrance of washing powder

Expertise in Unilever

The journey from idea to branded product is only achieved with the collective expertise of our R&D professionals.

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Ethics of human research

To deliver the products that people want, we need to involve people in the research and development process. Unilever is committed to ensuring that research on human subjects is conducted to the highest ethical standards, whether or not there is any legal requirement to apply such standards.