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WATCH: Paul Polman KBE, former CEO of Unilever and Co-Founder of IMAGINE

Northumbria University


Capitalism's Reinvention: how Sustainable Development Goals can drive a new market, where purpose delivers profit and business plays its urgent role in tackling runaway climate change and reducing global poverty


Paul PolmanWe were thrilled to welcome Honorary Graduate, Paul Polman KBE back to campus in February 2020.

As Unilever's chief, Paul emerged as one of the world's most prominent voices in the corporate world, calling for changes to the status quo, encouraging big companies to reduce emissions, embrace renewable energy, improve conditions for workers and produce healthier products.

He served on a United Nations panel that created the Sustainable Development Goals, which address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

Paul is Co-Founder of IMAGINE, a for-benefit corporation and foundation to help accelerate the implementation of the Global Goals. Working with leading companies and CEOs in the private sector, IMAGINE helps to create the environment and capability to create lasting change. 

Click here to learn how Northumbria University is supporting the UN Sustainable Development goals.















This event was in partnership with The North East Initiative on Business Ethics (NIBE), which was established in May 2013 as an independent regional resource with an aspiration to become a focal point for good business behaviour. Working across the twelve Local Authority areas covered by the North East and Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnerships, their desire is to see the region recognised as a great place to do trustworthy, honest and transparent business. 

For more information or to join their database, please visit or follow them on twitter @nebizethics 



Event Details

Northumbria University
Lecture Theatre 002
Business & Law Building, City Campus East
Newcastle upon Tyne


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