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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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    A Growth Agenda for the G20

    Paola Subacchi

    From easing the stranglehold of excessive debt to harnessing more resources for climate action, there are several issues that South Africa can and should consider including in the agenda it pursues during its G20 presidency next year. But one objective is indisputable: faster economic growth.

    sees one policy priority capable of uniting the world's leading developed and developing economies.
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    Europe Must Clamp Down on Russian Oil Flows Through Turkey

    Martin Vladimirov urges policymakers to close the sanctions loophole that allows the Kremlin to sell fossil fuels to the EU.
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    Rebooting the Sustainable Development Goals

    John W. McArthur & Zia Khan urge political, business, and civil-society leaders to foster the big ideas needed to meet the 2030 targets.
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    Is Greece’s Six-Day Work Week a Harbinger?

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg points out that the country is facing the same demographic problem as almost all advanced economies.
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    The Euro and Its Imperial Ancestors

    Victoria Gierok

    At 25, the euro has come of age at a time when European politics is tending toward fragmentation and a renewed emphasis on national sovereignty. To determine whether it will last, it helps to consult the history of earlier common-currency projects.

    draws lessons from earlier experiments with common currencies across disparate polities and economies.
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    Overcoming Political Short-Termism in Latin America

    Eric Parrado envisions independent institutions empowered to devise and implement long-term development-related policies.
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    Iran’s Economy Needs a New Deal with the West

    Djavad Salehi-Isfahani shows that pursuing sanctions relief is the only solution to the country's stagflation.
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    Africa’s Hobbled Hegemons

    Adekeye Adebajo examines the causes of political and economic malaise in Nigeria and South Africa.
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    The US Needs a Techno-Industrial Strategy

    Liza Tobin & Addis Goldman outline a three-pronged approach that would entrench American leadership in advanced industries.

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