June 15th, 2012 - Posted by Kate

Unilever’s Paul Polman – Man on a Mission

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In this inspiring interview, Unilever global CEO Paul Polman shares his bold vision for Unilever and thelessons learnt about what it takes to create a global corporation with a conscience. Back in 2011 he created an uproar when he announced that Unilever would no longer provide quarterly earnings guidance to the market. He argued that the practice leads managers to sacrifice long term performance at the altar of short term quarter-on-quarter targets “I discovered along time ago that if I focus on doing the right thing for the long term toimprove the lives of consumers and customers all over the world, the business results will come… I’m not driven and I don’t drive this business model by driving shareholder value. I drive this business model by focusing on the consumer and customer in a responsible way, and I know that shareholder value can come.” Listen to the interview here.

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