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Paul Polman    

Former CEO of Unilever, Advocate for the UN's Sustainable Development Goals & Author

Paul Polman works to accelerate action by business to achieve the UN Global Goals, which he helped develop.

He was the CEO of Unilever from 2009 to 2019, the first from outside the company in its century-plus history, and has been described by the Financial Times as “a standout CEO of the past decade.” He created a new framework for decision-making in the organization to focus the business on multiple stakeholders and long-term value creation, committing the company to doubling its sales while keeping its footprint flat, to touching one billion people, and to greatly improving the lives of suppliers around the world. Peers and experts have ranked Unilever as the most sustainable company—above long-standing, privately run leaders like Patagonia and IKEA—for eight years. Today, Polman works to accelerate action by business to meet our UN Global Goals .

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Former Unilever CEO Paul Polman tells Amanpour why investing in climate solutions could create "the growth story of the century."
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