Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever  

Unilever is a British-Dutch consumer goods company based in London, the United Kingdom, and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Their consumer goods include food, beverages, hygiene products, and cleaning supplies. Polman was also elected in March 2018 to be the first Vice-Chair of the ICC. Prior to being the CEO of Unilever, Polman was a part of the “UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel responsible for formulating the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) – launched in 2015 – and was subsequently appointed as a UN SDG Advocate responsible for promoting the “Global Goals”.

Polman is committed to long-term sustainable economic and business growth, as reflected in the SDGs he created within the UN. He has shown distinct leadership in pushing forward the UN development agenda. As the Vice-Chair of the ICC and with the upcoming G20 Summit, Polman is expected to continue to advocate for long-term, inclusive growth, bringing in his expertise from the business world and the UN. He has received various awards for his efforts, including the Treaties of Nijmegen Medal.

“I am very much looking forward to joining the ICC Chairmanship. As the world’s largest business organization, ICC plays a vital role in speaking up for the private sector and helping businesses to adapt swiftly and responsibly to current and emerging global challenges and drive progress against the Sustainable Development Goals.”

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