Open Innovation

We have a vision of a better future for our world and our business – and we want partners to share it. If you have a new design or technology that could help us grow our business and solve the challenges we’ve set ourselves, we’d like to work with you through Open Innovation.

Bringing the best ideas to billions of consumers

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.

Our world-class research and development facilities are 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 through Open Innovation.

Open to your ideas

Our Open Innovation partners can help us achieve our most important ambition. 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.

Innovation will play a vital part in this – so we want good technological ideas to become reality quickly, whoever thought of them first. If you are working on a project that could match our ambitions, why not consider a partnership with us - so that we can build success together?

Who will we work with?

Open Innovation is just that – open! We will consider partnerships with established suppliers, start-ups, academics, designers, individual inventors – anyone with a practical innovation that can help us meet our challenges.

How you can work with us

If you believe that we could work together on your innovation, please use the ‘Submitter Information Form’ to give us non-confidential information about yourself and your idea. This will help us assess your solution in greater detail. You can find out more about submitting a technical solution here.

Often we will have specific challenges on which we'd welcome your collaboration: 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' - our latest list of 'wants' is here.

Help us meet our challenges

We want to work with partners to solve essential challenges to make our world - and our business – better

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