Every product Unilever makes must be safe for people to use and safe for our planet. We believe that animal experiments should not be used to make sure that our products are safe.
We use a wide range of non-animal approaches to assess the safety of our products. Since the 1980s, our scientists have been developing and using alternatives to animal tests, e.g. computer modelling and cell culture-based experiments. We regularly present and publish our work, and continually collaborate with others to share our knowledge and apply exciting new science to assure product safety. We share our scientific research on a dedicated Safety Science in the 21st Century website.
Occasionally, across our wider product portfolio, some of the ingredients we use have to be tested by our suppliers to comply with legal and regulatory requirements in some markets; and some governments test certain products on animals as part of their regulations.
Unilever supports calls for a worldwide animal testing ban on cosmetics by 2023, and we work with regulators, NGO's and our suppliers across the world to increase acceptance of non-animal approaches. All this work, over more than 30 years, means that Unilever has been recognised by PETA as a ‘company working for regulatory change’.
PETA approved certification:
Our long-term investment in non-animal safety science has enabled several of our brands to be approved by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), including Dove, Suave, St Ives, Simple, Love Beauty and Planet & Love Home and Planet. These brands comply with the criteria set out by PETA.
To ensure our PETA approved brands continue to meet the strict criteria for no animal testing, we have implemented a number of internal procedures around new innovations, and a new supplier assurance process. These measures ensure that the ingredients used have not been tested on animals after 31 December 2010, and that the products are not tested by government authorities.