Dennis Shuler, our Executive Chairman for Kinetic North America spoke exclusively to Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever - one of the largest consumer goods companies in the world about his commitment to creating, “…a better, more inclusive model for business.”
Polman believes that business leaders must acquire new skill sets and new ways of thinking about what business is for: “Many businesses still see their role as serving only the shareholders – but this defeats the object of why business is there. The broader role is to serve society. If you do that well, then society will accept you.”
For Polman, having a clear strategic focus on sustainability is key to business success: “At a time that the world is very volatile, having a strong purpose provides a beacon for people to take decisions.”
This focus, combined with his relentless determination to continue to invest in developing a strong Unilever culture and company values, have made him an aspirational figure for business and the investor community alike. Launch the player below to listen to the full interview with Paul now…
About Paul Polman
Paul Polman has been CEO of Unilever since January 2009. Under his leadership Unilever has an ambitious vision to fully decouple its growth from overall environmental footprint and increase its positive social impact through the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.
An experienced senior-level human resources executive, Dennis has over three decades of business experience specialising in strategy development and deployment, building high performance organisations and with large-scale mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.