M. Paul Polman

M. Paul Polman

Paul Polman is Co-founder & Chair of IMAGINE, an activist corporation and foundation that promotes implementation of the global goals through transformational leadership.

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 goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance.

He was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel that developed the Sustainable Development Goals, and as an active SDG Advocate he continues to work with global organisations and across industry sectors to make the case for the 2030 development agenda.

Paul founded the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, which supports visually impaired children across Africa by unlocking literacy for life.