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Unilever Unveils Online Forum to Attract Outside Innovation Help

Unilever, the world’s second-biggest consumer-products maker, unveiled a website to gather and assess ideas from outside the company as it looks to bolster sales from new products and improve environmental practices.

The site will focus on sustainable business ideas, such as technologies to lower the cost of providing safe drinking water, Roger Leech, Unilever’s open innovation scouting director, said in a March 15 interview. Unilever will solicit ideas from universities, engineering and design companies, and environmental groups around the world, he said.