The planet is warming, and businesses must be a part of the fight to protect it, argues Unilever CEO Paul Polman.
CEO of Unilever
Paul Polman has been CEO of Unilever since January 2009. Under his leadership, Unilever has set out an ambitious vision to double its size while reducing its overall environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact. Paul is chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a member of the B Team, serves on the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, and serves on the board of the U.N. Global Compact. Polman has been closely involved in global discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and action to tackle climate change. In 2016, the U.N. Secretary-General asked Polman to be a member of the SDG Advocacy Group, tasked with promoting action on the 2030 Agenda. Prior to this, he served on the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, presenting recommendations on the SDGs on behalf of the private sector. He is also a member of the newly formed Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development, and serves on the International Council of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate under then-Mexican President Felipe Calderón.