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Hatfield Lecture "The Case for Sustainable Capitalism"

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Alice Statler Auditorium
7 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Paul Polman will address the changing role of business and why new forms of leadership are required to help address the world's most urgent challenges. He will highlight the urgency of accelerating progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, a global framework to eliminate poverty, end inequality, and tackle climate change by 2030. Huge opportunities exist for enlightened businesses willing to embrace the SDGs and develop models that not only meet the needs of consumers, but also address some of the burning issues of today's world. As part of this, Paul will assess the qualities and attributes needed for our leaders of tomorrow to implement lasting change on a global scale.

Polman is CEO of Unilever and chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. This year, he is the recipient of the Robert S. Hatfield Fellowship in Economic Education - one of the highest honors Cornell bestows on individuals from the corporate sector, and a platform for the exchange of ideas between the academic and corporate communities.

The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited.

Event Type

Lecture, Special Event, Presentation


Alumni, Global Cornell, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business



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Rob Miegl

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Paul Polman

Speaker Affiliation

Unilever; World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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The venue is accessible.

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