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Unilever CEO Paul Polman (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

Unilever CEO values sustainable-development opportunities in Asia

Paul Polman says businesses must be part of society's solution

KEN KOYANAGI, Editor-at-large, Nikkei Asian Review | China

SINGAPORE -- When the United Nations issued its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted by the organization in September 2015, Unilever Chief Executive Paul Polman stood out as the only business leader who took part in drafting the document.

In Polman's view, the goals -- including promoting good health, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and good jobs; eliminating poverty and hunger; and combating climate change -- provide the seeds of business opportunities.

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