Last month, we were honored to have Paul Polman, Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, The B Team and Vice-Chair of the U.N. Global Compact and Former CEO of Unilever, speak at our Global Employer Forum 2019 in New York.
Paul makes the very strong point that we need to create an economic system that is more inclusive — in fact, a more inclusive economy would be to the benefit of all of us.
It’s time to change business as usual. We all have an obligation to do business in a more sustainable and equitable way — to not leave anyone behind. Ask yourself, what’s the purpose of your business? What is your reason for being?
Put simply, Paul explains:
If you want to be around for the longer term, you better think of your business model as, not being less bad — that is basically CSR [corporate social responsibility] territory — but think really hard about your business model and how can you have a net positive impact on society. Because if you can’t have a net positive impact, why would the citizens of this world, myself included, let you be around?”
Listen to Paul’s inspiring words HERE.
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