Humane Society International (HSI) Collaboration

On any given day, 2.5 billion people use a Unilever product.  Whatever the brand, wherever it is bought, we’re working to ensure that it plays a part in helping fulfil our purpose as a business – making sustainable living commonplace.

Experts in our Safety & Environmental Assurance Centre (SEAC) work with teams across Unilever to assess the safety and environmental sustainability of our products, packaging and manufacturing processes. Unilever’s commitment to ending animal testing is underpinned by its work since the 1980s in developing and using alternatives to animal tests for assessing safety, e.g. computer-based modelling and cell-based ‘in vitro’ methods. Unilever’s framework for safety assessment is exposure based which enables us to use a wide range of non-animal approaches to assess product safety. 

SEAC partners with scientific organisations across the globe, leading academics, government scientists, other companies and trade associations, to share our approaches on assuring safety without animal testing and to continue to develop novel non-animal approaches. For example, Unilever is a member of HSI’s Human Toxicology Project Consortium, we collaborate with US EPA and EUToxRisk (an EU-funded research consortium) and work extensively with safety scientists and regulators in China.

In October 2018, Unilever announced that we will be supporting a global initiative from Humane Society International, which aims to reform regulatory legislation with the aim of achieving a global ban on animal testing for cosmetic safety assessment by 2023 #BeCrueltyFree.

The multi-year, open, global collaboration aims to develop capability across companies, regulatory authorities and other interested parties to enable all safety decisions for cosmetics to be based on non-animal approaches.

The collaboration will focus on delivering three primary objectives:

• Global harmonization of non-animal cosmetic safety assessment legislation.

• Sharing information on decision-making approaches without new animal testing with regulators and other stakeholders.

• Building long term capability through investment in education & training.

Further information on details of the initiative and details on how to get involved can be found at:

AFSA (Animal-Free Safety Assessment) Collaboration Website

Press Releases:

Further detail on the proposed training and education topics to be covered:

Education and Training Topics