Paul Polman at One Young World

Paul Polman outlined Unilever’s commitment to building a better world at the One Young World Summit 2011.

Inspiring top talent

The One Young World Summit aims to inspire the top talent of the future and create a network of ambassadors that will develop projects to help change the world for the better.

It is supported by inspirational figures including activist and former Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu, singer Bob Geldof, who is widely recognised for his efforts fighting poverty in Africa and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, well-known for his charity work and campaigning against obesity.

Changing the world for the better

Paul Polman, Unilever CEO, attended this year as one of the counsellors and delivered a keynote speech that focused on the company’s commitment to building a better world through its Sustainable Living Plan.

“We decided to embrace a radical business model that not only would reduce our negative impact on society, but actually contribute positively to society as a result of our activities.

“Simply said, whilst most companies ask themselves how to use society and the environment to be successful, we flipped the question around 180 degrees and asked ourselves: how we can contribute to society and the environment to be successful.

“The answer is found in what we call the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan,” said Paul. See more in the video below.

Unilever's young leaders share experiences

Additionally, a number of delegates represented Unilever at the event, giving them a unique opportunity to collaborate with other young people on issues affecting the world today. The inaugural One Young World Summit – held last year in London – led to several programmes being established. For details of these and of the organisation’s aims, see

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