Episode 188: What's up with former Unilever CEO Paul Polman; one busy day for Interface CSO Erin Meezan

GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 188: What's up with former Unilever CEO Paul Polman; one busy day for Interface CSO Erin Meezan

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Features

What's up with retired Unilever CEO Paul Polman (19:19)

The longtime champion of corporate climate action chats with Executive Editor Joel Makower on the recent CEO declaration on corporate social responsibility from The Business Roundtable, why more CEOs are willing to speak up on issues of environment, inclusion and equity, and the goals of his new sustainability foundation, Imagine. First up: redesigning fashion.

A day in the work-life of Interface CSO Erin Meezan (28:18)

Balancing internal and external communications are a huge responsibility for every sustainability professional. In an interview outtake from the latest Purpose and People column by Shannon Houde, the chief sustainability officer, Erin Meezan, offers a peek into her busy schedule. Plus, how she prioritizes engagement opportunities.

Sustainability can be cheesy if you're a dairy co-op (33:25)

Sarah Beaubien, lead on stewardship and government affairs for Tillamook County Creamery Association, chats about why sustainability always has been at the heart of farming. Plus, the push to cultivate next-generational practices, financial literacy and perspectives to age-old concerns, such as sustainable irrigation and long-term agricultural land use.

*Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: "Waiting for the Moment That Never Comes," "4th Ave Walkup," "I'm Going for a Coffee," "Arcade Montage" and "Thinking It Over."

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