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Paul Polman
Paul Polman is CEO of Unilever.

Entries by Paul Polman

Climate Change -- Do We Really Mean Business?

(162) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 9:53 AM

Business must take a role in this crucial year of climate talks - it's not only a moral argument, but a way to drive growth.

Over 250 years ago, a British entrepreneur called Richard Arkwright built the first automated textile machine and, in doing so, started the industrial revolution. It...

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The Business Case for Low Carbon Growth

(28) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 3:01 PM

The clock on climate change is ticking louder than ever. Without stronger action in the next 10-15 years, it is near certain that global warming will climb beyond the level the international community has agreed not to cross, with extreme and potentially irreversible effects.

That's the bad news.


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A New and Powerful Tool for Achieving Sustainable Development

(4) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 11:48 AM

Ecosystems provide for a plethora of human needs, from nutritious food, to timber, fiber and fuel. Yet, over the past 50 years, humans have degraded ecosystems more rapidly than in any comparable period in history. While these changes have contributed to unprecedented advances in human prosperity, they have come at...

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Reframing the Game: On the Pivotal Role of Business in Driving Societal and Systemic Transformation

(24) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 9:58 AM

A growing threat

The world faces enormous challenges, from poverty to food security and climate change. For too long business sat on the sidelines, unable or unwilling to be part of the solution to these systemic challenges. This is changing -- as the limitations of governments in resolving these critical...

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Global Businesses & Climate Change: Don't Get Left Behind

(3) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 10:03 AM

Here's a simple fact: taking decisive action on climate change will cost us less than failing to do so.

At Unilever, we operate in 190 countries with two billion people using our products daily. We take climate seriously because we know that it impacts those two billion people -- and...

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On International Women's Day, Business Leaders Call for Action

(6) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 8:46 AM

On Sunday, millions of women and men will celebrate International Women's Day. A great deal of progress has been made since this day was first marked in 1911, yet more than a century later, gender equality is still a major challenge.

On this important day, we have joined forces with...

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Redefining Business Purpose: Driving Societal and Systems Transformation

(3) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 3:42 PM

A Growing Threat

The world faces enormous human development and environmental challenges, from poverty and disease to food security and climate change. Significant progress has been made in the last two decades -- extreme poverty has halved, hunger has reduced and over two billion people have improved access to drinking...

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Now Is the Time for Action to Preserve Our Precious Ecosystems

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 4:42 PM

It was Ghandi who said, "What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and one another." This wisdom predated our knowledge of the climate change challenge by half a century, but it couldn't be more prophetic....

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Forests and Food Are on the Front Line of the Battle Against Climate Change

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 1:24 PM

The planet's forests are essential for life. They support a staggering 80 percent of terrestrial biodiversity, and many of the 'ecosystem services' that we depend on -- food security, watershed protection and fertile soils.

1.6 billion people worldwide depend on forests for food, medicines and fuel, as well as...

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Wirtschaft muss sich endlich die Lizenz für Führungsverantwortung verdienen

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 8:21 AM

Die Abkürzung VUCA - Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous (Unberechenbar, Unsicher, Kompliziert, Unklar) - stammt vielleicht ursprünglich vom Militär, aber es wird immer offensichtlicher, dass sie heute für alle Lebensbereiche gilt. Tatsache ist, dass wir in einer schnelllebigen Zeit leben, in der Veränderungen immer unvorhersehbarer werden. Weder ein Land, eine Gesellschaft,...

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È ora che le aziende si guadagnino la leadership

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 5:00 AM

L'acronimo inglese VUCA - Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous, ovvero Volatile, Incerto, Complesso e Ambiguo - potrebbe aver avuto origine in un contesto militare, ma è sempre più chiaro che si può applicare a tutti gli aspetti della nostra vita quotidiana. Il problema è che viviamo in un'epoca di cambiamenti sempre...

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Es el momento de que el mundo de los negocios se gane su 'licencia para liderar'

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 4:35 AM

Las siglas VUCA -Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity (en español Volatilidad, Incertidumbre, Complejidad y Ambigüedad)- pueden tener un origen militar, pero está cada vez más claro que se pueden aplicar a cualquier aspecto de nuestras vidas. El hecho es que nos movemos en una era de constante evolución y cambios cada...

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It's Time for Business to Earn a License to Lead

(24) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 4:33 PM

The acronym VUCA -- Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous -- may have its origins in the military, but it is increasingly clear that it applies to all aspects of our lives today. The fact is we operate in an age of fast-moving and increasingly unpredictable change. No one country, society, industrial...

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Why UN Climate Talks Must Deliver a Brighter Future for Us All

(61) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 11:33 AM

In September, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published the first part of its review of the latest climate science, the AR5 report. What makes the IPCC unique is that it is not the voice of a single scientist, or even that of a group. It represents a combined view...

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持続可能なビジネス:倫理基準と収益が合致するために必要なもの【The B-Team】

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 3:40 AM

成功には勇気あるリーダーシップが求められる。新しい働き方とビジネスモデルの構築の先駆者となり、先頭に立って前進する覚悟のある企業が多く必要だ。そうする中で、企業はビジネスで信頼を勝ち取り、そして多くの利益も出せると私は確信している。「The B Team」はこの計画を加速し、最大限の効果をあげるためにビジネスリーダーたちが集まったものである。

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Développement durable: quand notre moralité et nos besoins essentiels sont sur la même longueur d'onde

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 3:38 PM

Ce fut Winston Churchill qui déclara: "la démocratie est la pire forme de gouvernement totalitaire à l'exception de toutes les autres déjà essayées dans le passé". On pourrait dire la même chose du capitalisme, surtout de celui qui a été pratiqué au cours des vingt dernières années.

Pourtant, cette forme...

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Nachhaltiges Wirtschaft: Wo unser innerer Kompass auf das Entscheidende stößt

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 8:26 AM

Es war Winston Churchill, der einst sagte, "Demokratie ist die schlechteste aller Regierungsformen - abgesehen von all den anderen Formen, die davor ausprobiert worden sind." Ziemlich dasselbe kann man auch über den Kapitalismus sagen. Vor allem für jene Form des Kapitalismus, die in den vergangenen 20 Jahren praktiziert wurde.

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Imprenditoria sostenibile: quando la bussola morale incontra il profitto

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 4:27 AM

È di Winston Churchill la celebre affermazione secondo cui "la democrazia è la forma di governo peggiore, escluse tutte le altre sperimentate finora." Si potrebbe dire altrettanto del capitalismo, in particolare della forma di capitalismo attuata da vent'anni a questa parte.

Questa forma di capitalismo ha certamente alcuni punti...

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Empresas sostenibles: el punto de encuentro entre nuestra brújula moral y la cuenta de resultados

(4) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 1:21 AM

Fue Winston Churchill quien dijo la famosa frase de que "la democracia es la peor forma de Gobierno, salvo por todas las otras formas que se han probado". En gran medida se puede decir lo mismo del capitalismo, en especial la forma de capitalismo que se practica desde hace 20...

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Sustainable Business: Where Our Moral Compass Meets the Bottom Line

(86) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 11:59 AM

It was Winston Churchill who famously said that "democracy was the worst form of government apart from all the others that had been tried." Much the same can be said for capitalism, particularly the form of capitalism that has been practiced over the past 20 years.

This form of capitalism...

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