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Safe and sustainable by design

How we build safety and environmental sustainability into every product innovation

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We ensure that our products are safe for consumers and workers and have a positive impact on the environment.

Our Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre’s (SEAC) industry-leading safety and environmental sustainability science has been developed and applied in partnership with external experts over many years. We use this science across Unilever, working with our colleagues to ensure that our products and processes are safe and sustainable by design and that our purpose-led brands can be confident in the statements they make about product and ingredient safety, health, environmental sustainability and the planet.

SEAC scientists work closely with other scientists across Unilever at every stage of a product’s life, from discovering and designing new concepts through to fully embedding new technologies in our product innovations and understanding product use and disposal by consumers across the world. By being involved at the very beginning, SEAC scientists can provide essential safety and environmental sustainability guidance throughout the innovation process.

Those partnerships across Unilever allow us to apply the best creative, leading-edge science and to truly design safety and sustainability into our products. This means new Unilever products and processes are always designed to ensure that they are safe for our consumers to use, for our workers to make, and for the environment. Such an approach also helps us to identify how to minimise the environmental impacts of our products and manufacturing processes, notably regarding energy, water and waste across their lifecycle.

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