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A philanthropist and a firm believer in the idea that businesses should do great things for the planet. Speaker Paul Polman is the former CEO of Unilever and co-founder of IMAGINE, an organization that aims to help leaders build sustainable businesses that can positively impact the world and is the best-selling author of Net Positive. Organizations book Paul Polman to learn how businesses will lead us to a better future.
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Sustainability speaker Paul Polman co-founded IMAGINE, an organization that aims to help leaders build sustainable businesses that can positively impact the world.
In addition, Paul is Chair of The B Team, the International Chamber of Commerce, and Saïd Business School. He also serves as the UN Global Compact’s Vice-Chair. The Financial Times has praised him as a remarkable CEO. This is due to his contributions to redefining the relationship between business and society. He is a firm believer in the idea that businesses should do great things for the planet.
Speaker Paul Polman served as Unilever’s CEO from 2009 to 2018. During that time, he showed that a multi-stakeholder, long-term model can lead to optimal financial performance. Throughout his term as CEO, Unilever was consistently one of the top-performing businesses in its industry. In fact, the company achieved major growth year after year. Additionally, Polman served on the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel that created the Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, Paul is an active SDG Advocate who collaborates with organizations worldwide to make the 2030 development agenda’s case.
Moreover, Polman is a Philanthropist who often contributes financially to important causes. Among such causes is the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, which helps visually impaired kids across Africa by providing them with Braille tools.
In 2021, Paul Polman released the book Net Positive with speaker Andrew Winston. That same year, they both made it to Thinkers 50 for demonstrating that personal and organizational achievement does not need to put the planet at risk. The book argues that businesses should minimize their negative impact on society and the environment. And also, aim to make a positive contribution. Polman presents a vision for a new kind of business that operates in a way that creates shared value and addresses some of the world’s most pressing challenges, such as climate change, social inequality, and environmental degradation.
Runaway climate change and rampant inequality are ravaging the world and costing a fortune. Who will help lead us to a better future? Business.
These massive dual challenges—and other profound shifts, such as pandemics, resource pressures, and shrinking biodiversity—threaten our very existence. Other megatrends, such as the push for a clean economy and the unprecedented focus on diversity and inclusion, offer exciting new opportunities to heal the world, and prosper by doing so. Government cannot do this alone. Business must step up.
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