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Anmol Singhal, MBA 2015-2017, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur.
“As the head of a company operating in more than 190 countries and whose products are used by 2 billion people every day, I’m convinced that businesses have both a responsibility and an interest in supporting sustainability”, said Paul Polman, the CEO of Unilever.
Recently I happen to go through an article contributed by Polman to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. The article talked about many growing businesses agreeing on limiting the growing global temperature to 2 degree centigrade. He notably mentions about the efforts being made by the major economies of the world like China, France, US, India, in controlling the carbon dioxide emissions.
He says, “Businesses around the world have started to change their mind-set. Whereas many used to see sustainability as an environmental or development issue, they now understand it’s also a business and economic imperative.”
It has been noticed that there were a countable 13 business attendees at the UN conference on climate change held in Rio de Janerio in 1992. Contrary to this there were more than 1000 business representatives last year.
He mentioned about Unilever becoming carbon positive by 2030, which means directly supporting the generation of more renewable energy than we consume and making the surplus available to the markets and communities in which we operate.
In Polman’s view, this new generation of business leaders has realized that supporting the sustainable development agenda will help them protect their long-term performance and grow their businesses.
Lastly he said, “Our message is a simple one: Business interests and the human imperatives at the heart of sustainable development both pull in the same direction. Business investments and actions are already underway, but we need to come together with governments and civil society in an unprecedented partnership if we want to achieve the scale and ambition of the change needed.”
The article showed the way in which a leader can forsee the positives and negatives of a situation. Global Warming is happening inevitably. Rising temperature, melting glaciers, extinction of species is just the beginning. But searching a solution radically is the key. This article not only shows the business sense of a leader but also portrays the concern of an inhabitant of this planet.