The World's 50 Greatest Leaders 2017
Unilever doesn't have a corporate social responsibility department - that place where most companies relegate their do-gooding activities. Instead the consumer goods giant has integrated solving social issues, from food waste to climate change to poverty, into every part of its business.
The strategy is the brainchild of Polman, Unilever's CEO since 2009, who had a vision of doubling its revenue and cutting its environmental footprint in half. Now Unilever has everything from a global handwashing campaign to an ambitious plan to improve the nutritional profile of its products.
Credit : Geoff Colvin, Fortune magazine April 1st 2017 issue