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Paul Polman

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5 out of 5

Business Leader; Climate & Equality Campaigner; Co-Author of “Net Positive”

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Paul Polman Biography

Paul Polman works to accelerate action by business to tackle climate change and inequality. He believes, above all, that humanity will only overcome our greatest shared challenges through far-reaching systems change and bold new partnerships to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which he helped develop.

As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), Polman demonstrated that business can profit through purpose, marrying a long-term, multi-stakeholder model with excellent financial performance. During Polman’s tenure, shareholders saw their returns increase by 290% while the company consistently ranked 1st in the world for sustainability and as one of best places to work.

Today Polman works across a range of organizations and initiatives to help speed the global action needed to regenerate our planet, renew our economies and unite our societies. He helps business move further and faster on these ambitions, including through his work with Systemiq and through mobilizing private equity.

He helps drive bold new coalitions within industries such as fashion and food, as well as between the private sector, government and civil society, including through his work leading the UN Global Compact and as an Ambassador for the Race to Zero and Race to Resilience.

Polman is also passionate about developing our next generation of leaders, which he does as chair of the Oxford University Saïd Business School, and through his work with INSEAD, IESE and the Boards of PRME and One Young World.

In 2021, Polman published his critically-acclaimed book with sustainability expert Andrew Winston, “Net Positive,” which sets out how to build companies which succeed by fixing the world’s problems, rather than creating them. He actively campaigns on a range of human rights issues, including promoting disability inclusion through the Valuable 500 and the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, which he set up with his wife Kim.

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  • Net Positive: Courageous Leadership and Business as a Force for Good

    This is a crucial moment for humanity. A ticking time bomb for our planet. Business leaders stand at a tipping point. Our current system is in crisis and we need new, courageous leadership to steer businesses that are good for people and planet, whilst remaining profitable. Paul Polman will outline the principles of Net Positive leadership and the personal, company and broader systems changes needed to reach a more sustainable and equitable planet.

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Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take

Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take

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  • How do I book Paul Polman to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Paul Polman for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Paul Polman, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Paul Polman or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Paul Polman

    Speaking fees for Paul Polman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Paul Polman are $100,000 - $200,000 for live events and $50,000 - $100,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Paul Polman, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Paul Polman speak about?

  • Where does Paul Polman travel from?

    Paul Polman generally travels from London, UK, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Paul Polman’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Paul Polman for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Paul Polman for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Paul Polman or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Paul Polman

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5 out of 5

Business Leader; Climate & Equality Campaigner; Co-Author of “Net Positive”

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Paul Polman Biography

Paul Polman works to accelerate action by business to tackle climate change and inequality. He believes, above all, that humanity will only overcome our greatest shared challenges through far-reaching systems change and bold new partnerships to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which he helped develop.

As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), Polman demonstrated that business can profit through purpose, marrying a long-term, multi-stakeholder model with excellent financial performance. During Polman’s tenure, shareholders saw their returns increase by 290% while the company consistently ranked 1st in the world for sustainability and as one of best places to work.

Today Polman works across a range of organizations and initiatives to help speed the global action needed to regenerate our planet, renew our economies and unite our societies. He helps business move further and faster on these ambitions, including through his work with Systemiq and through mobilizing private equity.

He helps drive bold new coalitions within industries such as fashion and food, as well as between the private sector, government and civil society, including through his work leading the UN Global Compact and as an Ambassador for the Race to Zero and Race to Resilience.

Polman is also passionate about developing our next generation of leaders, which he does as chair of the Oxford University Saïd Business School, and through his work with INSEAD, IESE and the Boards of PRME and One Young World.

In 2021, Polman published his critically-acclaimed book with sustainability expert Andrew Winston, “Net Positive,” which sets out how to build companies which succeed by fixing the world’s problems, rather than creating them. He actively campaigns on a range of human rights issues, including promoting disability inclusion through the Valuable 500 and the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, which he set up with his wife Kim.

Paul Polman Speaking Topics

  • Net Positive: Courageous Leadership and Business as a Force for Good

    This is a crucial moment for humanity. A ticking time bomb for our planet. Business leaders stand at a tipping point. Our current system is in crisis and we need new, courageous leadership to steer businesses that are good for people and planet, whilst remaining profitable. Paul Polman will outline the principles of Net Positive leadership and the personal, company and broader systems changes needed to reach a more sustainable and equitable planet.

Paul Polman Videos

  • In conversation with Paul Polman: Sustainability innovation
  • Former Unilever CEO Says Aiming for Sustainability Isn’t Enough.
    Paul Polman, who now chairs Imagine, challenges business leaders to ask themselves if they care about the world's problems.
  • Speaker Announcement 2021 P&G Alumni Network Global Conference: Paul Polman
    "At this crucial time for humanity, I will be talking about my new book Net Positive. How courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take....

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  • How do I book Paul Polman to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Paul Polman for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Paul Polman, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Paul Polman or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Paul Polman

    Speaking fees for Paul Polman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Paul Polman are $100,000 - $200,000 for live events and $50,000 - $100,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Paul Polman, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Paul Polman speak about?

  • Where does Paul Polman travel from?

    Paul Polman generally travels from London, UK, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Paul Polman’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Paul Polman for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Paul Polman for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Paul Polman or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Paul Polman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Net Positive: Courageous Leadership and Business as a Force for Good. The estimated speaking fee range to book Paul Polman for your event is $100,000 - $200,000. Paul Polman generally travels from LondonUK and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Peter Diamandis, Christiana Figueres, John Mackey, Ian Bremmer and Dr. Michio Kaku. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Paul Polman for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Paul Polman Speaking Topics

  • Net Positive: Courageous Leadership and Business as a Force for Good

    This is a crucial moment for humanity. A ticking time bomb for our planet. Business leaders stand at a tipping point. Our current system is in crisis and we need new, courageous leadership to steer businesses that are good for people and planet, whilst remaining profitable. Paul Polman will outline the principles of Net Positive leadership and the personal, company and broader systems changes needed to reach a more sustainable and equitable planet.

Paul Polman Speaker Videos

  • In conversation with Paul Polman: Sustainability innovation
    Former Unilever CEO Says Aiming for Sustainability Isn’t Enough.
    Paul Polman, who now chairs Imagine, challenges business leaders to ask themselves if they care about the world's problems.
  • Speaker Announcement 2021 P&G Alumni Network Global Conference: Paul Polman
    "At this crucial time for humanity, I will be talking about my new book Net Positive. How courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take. With World Overshoot Day being July 29th this...
    Uniting Business LIVE 2021: Fireside Chat Achieving Net Positive
    A discussion on how courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take in the fight for climate change mitigation and achieving net zero.
  • "Can Business Save the World?" Guest Lecture Featuring Paul Polman
    Cobb Leadership Lecture Can Business Save the World? Putting Companies at the Forefront of the Fight Against Climate Change and Inequality featuring
    Paul Polman Gives Impassioned Speech at SDG Business Forum 2019
    Paul Polman, SDG Advocate and Co-Vice Chair of the UN Global Compact Board, made a passionate call-to-action to the companies everywhere at the 2019 SDG Business Forum.

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