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.