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All Quotes by author - Paul Polman
" Addressing the weaknesses of capitalism will require us, above all, to do two things: first, to take a long-term perspective, and second, to re-set the priorities of business. "
" Africa is a vibrant, varied continent with a growing consumer base. "
" Africa's vibrancy and entrepreneurial spirit is un-matched. There's huge potential here to grow business, create jobs, and to improve living standards. "
" Around the world, businesses and investors are increasingly taking action to climate-proof their own organizations. "
" As a consumer goods company serving billions of consumers every day, Unilever understands the drivers and motivations that create the norms that lie behind people's behaviour. "
" As CEO of Unilever, my personal mission is to galvanize our company to be an effective force for good. "
" As economies have evolved, the nature of work has always changed. "
" At the end of the day, people will follow you or people will be energised by you if they buy into your vision or purpose. So the most important thing is to be true to yourself. That's why I would say to be a great leader - you, first and foremost, have to be a great human being. And sharing that purpose and sharing the values. "
" At Unilever, we are committed to building an inclusive organisation where all individuals feel safe, valued, and supported - irrespective of gender, background, or any other difference. "
" At Unilever, we operate in 190 countries with two billion people using our products daily. We take climate seriously because we know that it impacts those two billion people - and that means it impacts us, too. "
" Businesses and governments need to work together and make a joint commitment if we want to address climate change effectively and quickly. "
" Business has a responsibility and opportunity to be the driving force for the advancement of universal human rights. "
" Business must go on reiterating its absolute commitment to embedding human rights in all it does, driving industry change through collaboration with governments, international organizations, and each other. "
" Climate change is sometimes misunderstood as being about changes in the weather. In reality it is about changes in our very way of life. "
" Companies are the first to see the costs of climate change. "
" Consumers in both emerging and developed markets want it all - high-performing products, the right price, and a purpose that they can connect with. "
" Empowering women is one of the most important things we - and indeed, every business - can do. "
" Every few decades, we have an opportunity to make a drastic change to the way we live our lives. We get a chance to design the building blocks of our daily routines, the infrastructure that will support and accompany us for the years to come - from the trains and trams we ride, the offices we work in, to the energy that powers our homes. "
" Every region in the world faces challenges - and Africa is hugely diverse, so its own challenges are varied. "
" Forest nations willing to do more than their fair share to solve the climate crisis should be rewarded through results-based payments. "
" For Unilever, investing in women is an imperative. The business and social cases for doing so are inextricably linked. "
" I actually am a capitalist, and I believe in shareholders. But I believe in them as a result of what I do, not as a reason for what I'm doing. The same with profits - profits alone cannot be an objective. It has to have a purpose. "
" I am very confident about the Modi government. "
" I believe that the financial crisis of 2008/9 exposed more a lack of ethics and morality - especially by the financial sector - rather than a problem of regulation or criminality. There were, of course, regulatory lessons to be learned, but at heart, there was a collective loss of our moral compass. "
" I discovered a long time ago that if I focus on doing the right thing for the long term to improve the lives of consumers and customers all over the world, the business results will come. "
" I do not work for the shareholder, to be honest. I work for the customer. "
To Be Honest
" I don't have a problem crying when I need to cry. "
" I don't subscribe to, 'Here are the top ten tips to successful leadership,' or, 'How to learn leadership in ten minutes.' A leader is someone who gives positive energy to others which then results in a better change than would have happened. I think everyone is a leader. "
" If the short-term decisions you make damage the long term, you should resist those. But there are many short-term decisions that you need to make to be a successful manager. "
" If the world wants a climate deal and new development agenda that's good for the economy, for the poor, and for businesses, the path forward needs to include forests. "
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