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Paul Polman


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Paul Polman has been CEO of Unilever since January 2009. Previously Polman worked for Procter & Gamble for 27 years. Paul actively seeks cooperation with other companies to implement sustainable, long-term business strategies and drive systemic change. Under his leadership, Unilever has seen eight years of top line growth, averaging twice the rate of overall market growth delivering a total shareholder return of 290%. Paul is Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, Chair of The B-Team, vice-chair of the UN Global Compact, and a board member of the Consumer Goods Forum. Paul has played a significant role first in developing the Sustainable Development Goals, and now in promoting action towards their delivery as a member of the SDG Advocacy Group. In recognition of his contribution to responsible business and sustainable development, Paul has received numerous awards and accolades including the Rainforest Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award (2014), the Oslo Business for Peace Award (2015), the UN Environment Programme’s Champion of the Earth Award (2015).

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