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Paul Polman in conversation with Nik Gowing

Net Positive

Hay Festival 2022, 

Climate change and inequality are ravaging the world and costing billions. Who will help lead us to a better future? Business. These massive challenges, as well as pandemics, resource pressures and shrinking biodiversity threaten our existence. The push for a clean economy and the focus on diversity and inclusion offer exciting opportunities to heal the world, and prosper by doing so. Government cannot do this alone. Business must step up.

The co-author of Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take offers key lessons from Unilever and others about how to profit by fixing the world’s problems. Courageous leaders are already making it real. Polman was CEO of Unilever 2009–19 and serves as Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact.

In conversations with Nik Gowing, founder and director of the Thinking the Unthinkable project, former main presenter at BBC World News, trustee of the Hay Festival

Paul Polman in conversation with Nik Gowing