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Net Positive Group: Sustainability in Leadership

6 November 2023
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The Danish-UK Association’s Net Positive Group will explore sustainability leadership with co-author of Net Positive, Paul Polman.

Date
6 November 2023
Time
9:30 – 11:30
Venue
Royal Danish Embassy
55 Sloane St
London
SW1X 9SR
United Kingdom
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The Danish-UK Association’s Net Positive Group will come full circle – we have the honour of having business leader, campaigner, co-author of Net Positive, Paul Polman, as our speaker. 

As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), Paul demonstrated that business can profit through purpose, marrying a long-term, multi-stakeholder model with excellent financial performance. During Paul’s tenure, shareholders saw their returns increase by 290% while the company consistently ranked 1st in the world for sustainability and as one of best places to work.  

Today Paul works across a range of organisations and initiatives to help speed the global action needed to regenerate our planet, renew our economies and unite our societies. He helps business move further and faster on these ambitions.  

Last year Paul’s published his critically-acclaimed book with sustainability expert Andrew Winston, “Net Positive”, which sets out how to build companies which succeed by fixing the world’s problems, rather than creating them. The ideas laid out in this book are what inspired and named the DKUK Net Positive Group, so we could not be more excited to have Paul as our speaker. 

How to register: This event is by invitation only – please email Deanne Lintorn, [email protected] if you are interested in attending

  • Programme
  • Speaker information
  • DKUK’s Net Positive Group

9:30 Arrival, coffee and networking 

9:45 Welcome by group leader and DKUK board member, Jessie Frahm 

9:50 Presentation by Paul Polman 

10:20 Open discussion, sharing challenges and best practice, workshopping tangible action points 

11:25 Sum up 

11:30 End of event 

Business leader, campaigner, co-author of “Net Positive: how courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take”, a Financial Times Business Book of the Year. 

Paul Polman works to accelerate action by business to tackle climate change and inequality.  

As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), Paul demonstrated that business can profit through purpose, marrying a long-term, multi-stakeholder model with excellent financial performance. During Paul’s tenure, shareholders saw their returns increase by 290% while the company consistently ranked 1st in the world for sustainability.  

Today Paul works across a range of organisations to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which he helped develop. This includes his work to drive systems change with Systemiq and bold new industry coalitions, including in fashion and food. He leads the UN Global Compact, is an Ambassador for the Race to Zero, and works to develop our next generation of leaders, through the Oxford University Saïd Business SchoolINSEADOne Young World and others.  Paul’s actively campaigns on a range of human rights issues, including promoting disability inclusion through the Valuable 500 and the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, which he set up with his wife Kim. Follow him on twitter and sign up to receive his newsletter here. More on www.paulpolman.com. 

The DKUK Net Positive Group is for a sub group and by invitation only of senior management DKUK members, who aim to lead their organisation towards Net Zero / Net Positive. 

Therefore, our most influential leaders are invited to meet around their common agenda for creating sustainability within their organisations to discuss and share experiences within this field.  

We invite the members to take part in our quarterly briefings where they meet to discuss specific areas of sustainability that impact all businesses. This could be (but are not limited too) sessions around data collection and governance, carbon offsetting agendas, the impact of finance as a driver of green initiatives, or how to nurture social responsibility meaningfully. 

In each session, we will have a theme and a leading expert will share a few insights with the group to seed a fruitful discussion. 

Chatham House rules will apply at each meeting as this is a unique opportunity for our Net Positive leaders to voice unique challenges and opportunities they are dealing with in a safe space. 

The group is initiated by DKUK Board member Jessie Frahm.  

Attending this group is by invitation only. For more about this group and any ideas of initiating other groups connect with Gunnar P Larsen, Managing Director, DKUK.