Paul Polman

Co-Founder & Co-Chair, IMAGINE
Chair, International Chamber of Commerce
Chair, The B Team
Vice-Chair, UN Global Compact

Paul Polman is Co-Founder & Co-Chair, IMAGINE, a B-Corp company that promotes implementation of the global goals through transformational leadership.

He is also Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, The B Team and Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact.

A leading proponent that business can – and should – be a force for good, he has been described by the Financial Times as “a standout CEO of the past decade”, whose role in helping to redefine the relationship between business and society has been “path-breaking”.

As CEO of Unilever (2009-2018), he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model – captured in the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan – goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance.

In recognition of his commitment to a more responsible way of doing business, Paul was appointed to the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel to help develop the Sustainable Development Goals. He was also recently re-appointed as an SDG Advocate to continue his work in making the business case for the 2030 development agenda. This includes engaging with global organizations and across industry sectors to build coalitions that drive system-wide change.

“Leaders of tomorrow need to be purpose-driven: comfortable with transparency, working in partnership, wrestling with complexity. But above all, they need to be human beings.”