Paul Polman

CEO, Unilever



Paul Polman is a Dutch businessman, who has been CEO of Unilever since 2009.

Polman worked Procter and Gamble for 27 years, initially as a cost analyst, then rising to become group president of its Europe division in 2001, and five years later, he joined Nestlé as chief financial officer.

Paul Polman is best known for his work with Unilever, for which he was appointed CEO in 2009. Under his leadership, Unilever has implemented the Sustainable Living Plan, which seeks to double its size while reducing its overall environmental footprint and improving its social impact. Polman is a longtime advocate of sustainable business, arguing that in a world of finite resources, sustainability is crucial to responsible business practices, and ensuring long-term growth in emerging markets.

Paul serves as Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a member of the B Team, and a board member of the UN Global Compact and the Consumer Goods Forum, where he co-chairs the committee on sustainability. He also served on the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda at the request of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Paul Polman has attended One Young World Summits in: 2015 Bangkok, 2014 Dublin, 2013 Johannesburg, 2012 Pittsburgh and 2011 Zurich.

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