The Davos Special

"We have been too long the silent majority"

Unilever Plc's CEO Paul Polman shares his thoughts on why sustainability is no longer side business

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For someone who wanted to be a priest in his younger days but had to give up on the pursuit after the seminary closed down to make way for a police training school, 58-year-old Paul Polman has surely come a long way. The chief executive officer of the €48.4 billion consumer goods giant Unilever Plc is no longer preaching religion, but is instead espousing doing business the ethical and sustainable way.