Paul Polman is Co-founder and Co-chair of IMAGINE and his book, “Net Positive: how courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take” is due out in October 2021. A leading proponent that business should be a force for good, Polman has been described by the Financial Times as “a standout CEO of the past decade”. As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance. Polman was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel which developed the Sustainable Development Goals and as an active SDG Advocate he continues to work with global organisations and across industry to push the 2030 development agenda. He is Chair of the B Team and Saïd Business School, Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact and Honourary Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, which he led for two years.
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