6,000 professionals located in 20 countries.

  • 129  R & D  Centres located Globally

  • 6  Global  R & D Technology Centers

  • 31  Regional  Development Centres

  • 92  Local  Development Centres

  • €1 billion  annual R & D budget

  • Over  6,000  scientists and R & D specialists globally

  • 250 - 350  new patent applications filed annually

We realise innovation is key to our progress, and through cutting-edge science we’re constantly enhancing our brands, improving their nutritional properties, taste, fragrance or functionality.

We invest around  €1 billion every year in research and development, and have established laboratories around the world where our scientists explore new thinking and techniques, applying their expertise to our products.
The R&D function at Unilever employs over  6,000 professionals located in 20 countries spanning the globe from Mexico to Australia.

Consumer research plays a vital role in this process. Our unrivalled global reach allows us to get closer to consumers in local markets, ensuring we understand their diverse needs and priorities.