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Open innovation

If you have a technical solution that will help us achieve our vision we would like to hear from you.

Open to your ideas

Unilever has world-class research and development facilities, but we are constantly looking to work with partners with great technical solutions, whether they are individuals, businesses, existing suppliers, universities or NGOs. We will work with anyone who has an idea that will help us achieve our ambition of doubling the size of our business while reducing our environmental footprint and increasing our positive social impact.

We call this way of working Open Innovation.

By working with us, you could help change the world – even if it is a little at a time. More than two billion people use a Unilever product every day, so even the smallest improvement can have a huge impact.

Our wants

There are a number of challenges which we're already working on and where we'd like to link up with partners. We call these our ‘wants’ and they cover three main areas:

Changing habits, improving hygiene

We're looking for solutions around handwashing, oral care, self-esteem and drinking water safety. We have made commitments on the amount of salt, saturated fats, trans fats, and sugar we will use in our products. We also want to develop foods that supply micro-nutrients at an affordable price and functional ingredients that reduce the risk of heart disease.

Reducing our environmental impact

Most of the water and more than half the greenhouse gas emissions associated with laundry product use come not in our factories but when consumers use them to do a wash. Similar challenges apply to our soaps, shampoos, and other home care and personal care products.

Building better livelihoods

Smallholders in developing and emerging economies face many challenges. Yet relatively small improvements to their agricultural practices can bring large increases in yield. We want to help them make their land more productive and their methods more sustainable.

See a full list of our ‘wants’ on our global website,

From this point, all information and details of submitting a technical solution is in English.

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