Unilever is to be helped meet its sustainability targets through a partnership with Northumbria University, Newcastle.
Academics and students from Northumbria’s School of Design are working at the university’s design-led INNOVATE centre to help Unilever meet targets on packaging, water use and energy.
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Northumbria University pro vice-chancellor (business & engagement) Lucy Winskell said: “We have a strong track record of collaboration with Unilever and we are delighted to be strengthening the relationship through INNOVATE. It is an incredibly exciting opportunity to help Unilever hit its sustainability targets and make a genuine difference on a global scale, for our pioneering research to have positive impact and for our students to gain real world experience at the highest level.”
Unilever vice president R&D for packaging Paul Howells added: “For a business like Unilever, tapping into the latest academic thinking and research is clearly invaluable. We are working with Northumbria because we believe they bring something unique and special which can help us to achieve our long-term goals, particularly associated with sustainability. The university already has extremely strong design, technology and business capabilities – bringing this together under one roof, as INNOVATE has done, makes for a very attractive proposition.”