Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast-moving consumer goods with strong operations in more than 100 countries and sales in 180. Consumers buy 170bn Unilever packs around the world every year and our products are used over two billion times a day.
Our portfolio includes some of the world’s best-known and most-loved brands including twelve €1bn brands and global leadership in many categories in which we operate. The portfolio features iconic brands such as: Knorr, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Dove, Vaseline, Persil, Cif, Marmite and Pot Noodle.
We have around 167,000 employees in over 100 countries and generated annual sales of €44.3bn in 2010.
Why Unilever is supporting the Big Innovation Centre
"Unilever’s origins lie in the Lever Brothers business created by William Hesketh Lever in the 1890s in the north-west of England. Thus Unilever has had continuous operations for over a century in Britain and so has deep roots in the nation. Britain houses a significant portion of Unilever’s innovation infrastructure, notably two major R&D centres in Bedfordshire and the Wirral, Unilever’s corporate office on the Embankment in London, which houses many of the brand and category innovation teams, and Unilever’s corporate venturing arm and new business unit. It is still from Britain that many of Unilever’s global innovations are sourced.
Increasingly, Unilever is using the concepts of open innovation to build bigger, better faster innovations that can be deployed globally. Given the longstanding and deep roots of the company in Britain, Unilever is keen to see the development of an innovation ecosystem that can lead both to a more prosperous nation and that can be a stronger source of innovation and enterprise for its global operations."
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