Paul Polman

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  Cop26 president Alok Sharma: The calls from business leaders  for more action from governments jar with the way many of them have greeted attempts to reduce emissions through regulation or taxation. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

With the greatest respect, Britain’s Prince Charles told world leaders at the Cop26 summit last week, the private sector offered the only prospect of (...)

Former Unilever chief executive Paul Polman’s new book, Net Positive, argues that taking a more radical approach to social and environmental issues will enhance business’s financial performance in the long run.

“This is ultimately not a crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss or food security. This is a crisis of greed, apathy and selfishness that needs t(...)

Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw/Reuters

Unilever reported lower-than-expected fourth-quarter sales on Thursday, hurt by troubles in Latin America and weak growth in developed markets as new (...)

It was a better day for CRH, which rose 1.8 per cent to €24.75, as its US peers in the building materials sector led the way.

European shares inched up on Thursday as dovish comments from Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell helped offset uncertainty over a possible escalat(...)

Unilever’s chief executive Paul Polman will step down next month after  the Anglo-Dutch group’s failed attempt to shift its headquarters. Photograph: Benoit Tessier / Reuters

Unilever’s chief executive Paul Polman will step down next month after 10 years in the job, leaving insider Alan Jope to step into his shoes after the(...)

Polarising: Unilever product Marmite. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Six months before the UK leaves the European Union, another type of exit may be about to happen, in the other direction. One of the biggest and most (...)

Unilever chief executive oficer Paul Polman is pursuing a commitment to sustainability.

Unilever has agreed to buy a South Korean cosmetics maker for €2.27 billion ($2.7 billion) from shareholders including Goldman Sachs Group and Bain Ca(...)

Merck chief executive Ken Frazier on Monday resigned from a White House advisory body in protest over Donald Trump’s failure to denounce white nationalists for provoking clashes over the weekend in which one protester died.

Merck’s chief executive Ken Frazier on Monday resigned from a White House advisory body in protest over Donald Trump’s failure to denounce white natio(...)

Is it time for Warren Buffett to change his investment strategy?

Warren Buffett once observed that, “When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is t(...)

The recent failure of Kraft Heinz’s bid for Unilever demonstrated the quandaries that large corporations could face as national barriers rise

Paul Polman thought it was just going to be an informal catch-up. But it quickly became clear that Alexandre Behring, chairman of Kraft Heinz, had som(...)

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