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Paul Polman

Co-founder, IMAGINE

Paul Polman is Co-founder/Chair of Imagine, a B-Corp company promoting future implementation of the global goals by driving transformational leadership.  He is also Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, The B Team and Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact. As Unilever’s CEO for ten years, he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance. FT named him “The standout CEO of the past decade“.

Due to his commitment to a more responsible form of business, Polman was appointed to the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel to develop the Sustainable Development Goals. Polman engages across industry sectors and global organisations to build coalition to drive transformative change to achieve the Global Goals.

The recipient of many awards including the prestigious Oslo Business for Peace award, Climate Visionary Award, Appeal of Conscience Award,  Rainforest Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award and the UN Environment Programme’s Champion of the Earth Award, Polman received Singapore’s Public Service Star, France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur for his role in the Paris Agreement, and is an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.