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.

Business leader, campaigner, Co-Author of “Net Positive: how courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take”, recently published October 2021.

Paul Polman works to accelerate action by business to tackle climate change and inequality. A leading proponent that business should be a force for good, Paul has been described by the Financial Times as “a standout CEO of the past decade”.

As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance. Paul was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel which developed the Sustainable Development Goals and which he continues to champion, working with global organizations and across industry to advance the 2030 development agenda.

Paul’s new book, “Net Positive”, is a call to arms to courageous business leaders, setting out how to build net positive companies which profit by fixing the world’s problems rather than creating them. He Chairs IMAGINE, a social venture dedicated to systems change, and Saïd Business School, and he is Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact as well as a B Team Leader. Paul is Honorary Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, which he led for two years.

“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.”