Paul Polman is the former Chief Executive Officer of Unilever.
What does it take to be a sustainable leader? In this episode, Alannah speaks with Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever. Early in his tenure, Paul realised that capitalism as it was being practised did not meet the challenges of today. In 2010 he launched Unilever’s audacious Sustainable Living Plan, designed to decouple growth from their environmental footprint while increasing positive social impact. Widely hailed as a game-changer, Unilever under Paul’s leadership proved that sustainable businesses are the future. Here, we hear about how Paul brought about these changes and how they continue to benefit both the business and our planet. 
As Super Tuesday is in full swing, we dig down into a key issue for the Democrats: climate. Paul Polman, the former CEO of Unilever, tells Amanpour why investing in climate solutions could unlock economic growth. Environmentalist Bill McKibben was one of the first to sound the alarm on the climate crisis over twenty years ago - he lays out how divestment efforts are affecting the fossil fuel industry. Then Robert Bullard, the author and celebrated environmental scholar, sits down with our Walter Isaacson to highlight how climate change is intrinsically linked to race and segregation. He explains how minority communities in Houston suffer most from pollution.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit
Can business do good and do well at the same time? The CEO of Unilever, Paul Polman, believes so -- and is making a multi-billion dollar bet on it.Join me as we discuss the state of capitalism, tax, sustainability and the environment.You can find Paul on Twitter @paulpolman, and i'm @nicknorbrook.
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Jul 11th, 1956
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