Co-founder and Chair
Paul Polman is co-founder and chair of Imagine, a benefit corporation and foundation accelerating business leadership to achieve the Global Goals; chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, The B Team and Oxford Said Business School; and vice-chair of the U.N. Global Compact.
Polman was CEO of Unilever for 10 years where he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with good financial performance. During his tenure, Unilever was one of the best-performing companies in its sector, delivering 10 years of consistent top and bottom-line growth.
Polman was appointed to the U.N. Secretary General’s High-level Panel that developed the Sustainable Development Goals and has played a leading role since in highlighting the business case for the 2030 development agenda, including as a founder member of the Business & Sustainable Development Commission. He remains a U.N.-appointed SDG Advocate.