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Paul Polman

Paul Polman

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Paul Polman, a former CEO of Unilever, chairs the UN Global Compact for the Secretary-General, and is the author of Net Positive: How Courageous Corporations Thrive by Giving More Than They Take.

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  1. An Interview with Paul Polman
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    An Interview with Paul Polman

    Oct 5, 2021 Paul Polman considers how to get investors to go green, identifies three urgent priorities for governments in the climate transition, and offers advice to businesses at risk of being left behind.

  2. Building a Nature-Positive Economy
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    Building a Nature-Positive Economy

    Apr 28, 2021 Paul Polman & Eva Zabey propose three ways to increase the rewards for sustainable, long-term corporate performance.

  3. A Marshall Plan for the Planet
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    A Marshall Plan for the Planet

    Dec 30, 2020 Paul Polman hopes that 2021 will be a much better year for international efforts to combat climate change.

  4. A Business Model for Sustainability
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    A Business Model for Sustainability

    Dec 19, 2018 Paul Polman says solving the world’s sustainable-development challenges requires a new approach by global companies.

  5. The Financial Sector’s Climate Imperative
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    The Financial Sector’s Climate Imperative

    Dec 4, 2018 Bertrand Badré, et al. call for new incentives for market participants to weigh sustainability in their operations and investments.

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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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