Chief Executive Officer, Unilever
Paul Polman has been Chief Executive Officer of Unilever since January 2009. Under his leadership Unilever has set out an ambitious vision to decouple growth from its environmental footprint while increasing its positive social impact. Mr Polman has been closely involved in global discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and action to tackle climate change. In 2016, he was asked by the UN Secretary-General to be a Member of the SDG Advocacy Group, tasked with promoting action on the 2030 Agenda. Prior to this, he served on the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and also on the International Council of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, under former Mexican President, Felipe Calderon.
Mr Polman is a Member of the newly formed Business and Sustainable Development Commission; Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development; a Member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and serves on the Board of the UN Global Compact. He also a Member of the B-team and the European Resource Efficiency Platform. Since 2010, he has been a Non-Executive Director of the Dow Chemical Company.
In recognition of his contribution to responsible business, Mr Polman has received numerous awards and accolades including WWF’s ‘Duke of Edinburgh Gold Conservation Medal’ (2013); the Centre for Global Development’s ‘Commitment to Development Ideas in Action Award’ (2013); the ‘Rainforest Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award’ (2014); the UN Foundation’s ‘Champion for Global Change Award’ (2014); the ‘Oslo Business for Peace Award’ (2015) and the UN Environment Programme’s ‘Champion of the Earth Award’ (2015).