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Investment In Sustainability Growing Our Business Despite Economic Challenges-Unilever MD

Posted: Jun 30, 2016 at 1:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Olamide Bakare

Lagos

 

The global chief executive officer of Unilever Nigeria Limited, Paul Polman, has reiterated the company’s commitment to investing heavily on sustainability saying that he was convinced that would have far reaching advantages to many lives in the country. He made this known at an event organised in partnership with the Lagos Business School, where he spoke extensively on how profitable and sustainable businesses are built in the midst of volatility.

Polman, who has been at the centre of the advocacy for building widespread support for the SDGs globally, has continued to champion the drive for a sustainable and integrated approach to sustainable business practices.

Speaking to young entrepreneurs, sustainability experts and young business leaders at the forum, he said: “The scale and urgency of the challenges the world faces are so great and we need to look beyond our own business to drive transformational change. These challenges actually provide opportunities for emerging businesses to grow profitably and sustainably while addressing development challenges.”

“At Unilever, we have been able to demonstrate that sustainability drives growth. More than ever before, we are leading the way, having taken a commitment to put sustainability at the core of our operations. And this is growing the business, despite current economic and business challenges,” he added.

Also speaking at the session, Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, ably represented by Honourable Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo, stressed that Lagos State is ready to support businesses like Unilever, who are delivering value and economic growth through their operations.

In his opening remarks, Yaw Nsarkoh, Unilever Nigeria Managing Director, said: “Businesses that address both the direct concerns of citizens and the needs of the environment will prosper over the long term. This is what guides our operations at Unilever as we meet the needs of our consumers while maintaining commercial profitability.