The 2014 theme for the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development is Transformative Leadership for Global Business.
This year’s prize is awarded to Paul Polman.
Paul Polman exhibits, through his leadership, great courage and commitment which inspires in a global corporate world where environmental and social values are often overshadowed by more short-term financial interests.
Polman, who was appointed as CEO for Unilever in 2009, commenced a pervasive change of course towards a more sustainable operation, among other things through Unilever’s “Sustainable Living Plan”. His starting-point is that ”You cannot grow a healthy business in an unhealthy society ”. The objective is to halve the company environmental footprint by the year 2020, and to increase its positive influence on global health, prosperity and working and living conditions at the same time as the company grows.