Sustainability Speeches

In the Speeches section, you can read what our business leaders have to say on subjects including how business can pursue its goals in a responsible, sustainable way, and the relationship between business and society.

Patrick Cescau launches palm oil initiative

Patrick Cescau launched a major initiative on palm at HRH The Prince of Wales's May Day Business Summit on Climate Change in London, 1 May 2008.

Patrick Cescau – Doing Business 2008 report launch

Group Chief Executive Patrick Cescau speaks at the launch of the World Bank - International Finance Corporation's Doing Business 2008 report. Unilever House, London, 12th October 2007.

Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics 2007

Group Chief Executive Patrick Cescau is awarded the Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics at Columbia Business School's Social Enterprise Conference, New York on 26 October 2007.

Beyond Corporate Responsibilty

Group Chief Executive Patrick Cescau speaks at INSEAD's INDEVOR Alumni Forum on Integrating CSR into Business Strategy in Fontainebleau, France, 25 May 2007.

Antony Burgmans - the role of business in society

Chairman Antony Burgmans speaks at the 2007 World Traders' Tacitus Lecture, The Guildhall, City of London - February 2007.

Patrick Cescau - Food for life: meeting consumers' needs

Patrick Cescau speaks at the CIAA Congress, Brussels - October 2006.

Social innovation - values-led brands helping to drive business strategy

Patrick Cescau, Group CEO speaks at the Business as an Agent of World Benefit: A Global Forum - October 2006

Patrick Cescau on defining & designing our future

Patrick Cescau speaks at the 6th World Conference on Detergents, Montreux - October 2006.

Leadership & transforming an organisation

22 June 2006: Patrick Cescau speaks at the CIES 50th World Food Business Summit, Paris.

Business as a partner in reaching the Millennium Development Goals

10 April 2006: Speech by Gavin Neath, SVP Global Corporate Responsibility, Business as a partner in reaching the Millennium Development Goals. The Business, NGO & Development Conference, World Bank, Washington, USA.

Global public finance and funding the Millennium Development Goals

Antony Burgmans, chairman of Unilever, speaks at the 4th Jelle Zijlstra Lecture by Professor Tony Atkinson, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam - December 2005

Adding vitality to communities & the environment: a business contribution to the development agenda

26 August 2004: A speech by Antony Burgmans, Unilever chairman, at the 5th International Sustainability Forum, Zurich.

Millennium development goals: the contribution of responsible business to sustainable development

15 July 2004: Speech by Hans Eenhoorn. Millennium Development Goals: the contribution of responsible business to sustainable development highlights the role of business in helping to achieve the Goals.

Understanding people to build brands

14 October 2003: Niall FitzGerald, former Unilever Chairman: Understanding people to build brands, The Institute of Grocery Distribution, Annual Convention.

A perspective on corporate social responsibility in the 21st century

02 October 2003: A speech by Niall FitzGerald, former Unilever Chairman. "CSR: Rebuilding Trust in Business". Distinguished Speaker Series, London Business School.

Meeting everyday water needs - a company's contribution

Speech by David Duncan, head of global research and development, Unilever Home & Personal Care. Presented at the Stockholm International Water Symposium on 14th August 2003.

From managing the issues to setting the agenda

17 October 2002: Ralph Kugler, President Unilever Home and Personal Care, Europe, discusses social and economic development issues at the Global Detergents Conference, Montreux, Switzerland.

Sustainability – the consumer dilemma

20 March 2002 Chris Pomfret, Business Director, Frozen Foods, Birds Eye Wall's Given at the European Association of Communications Agencies and UNEP's conference, Can Sustainability Sell.