2018 USCIB International Leadership Award Dinner

Paul Polman
CEO, Unilever

2018 USCIB International Leadership Award Dinner

December 11, 2018

Delegates Dining Room at the United Nations HQ

USCIB’s International Leadership Award recognizes vision, international success and excellence in leadership.

USCIB is delighted to honor Paul Polman, chief executive officer of Unilever. Each year this gala event attracts several hundred industry leaders, government officials and members of the diplomatic community to celebrate open markets and the recipient of USCIB’s highest honor.

Established in 1980, USCIB’s International Leadership Award is presented to a senior business executive who has made significant policy contributions to world trade and investment, and to improving the global competitive framework in which American business operates. Join us for what will be a truly memorable evening!

We look forward to seeing you on December 11!

About the Nominee

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 delivery of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.

Paul actively seeks cooperation with other companies to implement sustainable, long-term business strategies and drive systemic change. He is Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, Chair of The B Team, vice-chair of the UN Global Compact, and a board member of the Consumer Goods Forum. Until recently he was also Chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Paul’s commitment to long-term, sustainable capitalism is reflected in his membership of the Global Board of Directors of Financing Capitalism for the Long-Term (FCLT). He has played a significant role first in developing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and now in promoting action towards their delivery as a member of the SDG Advocacy Group.

In 2016, he received France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, recognising his efforts in galvanising business action on sustainability and for his involvement during the historic 2015 UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. In 2018, Paul was named an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) for services to business and received the Treaties of Nijmegen Medal, in recognition of his contribution to building a more sustainable world.

Together with his wife, Kim, Paul founded the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust charity which supports literacy for visually impaired children throughout Africa.

Since 2010 Paul has been a Non Executive Director of The Dow Chemical Company (since 2017 Dow DuPont)

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