‘A Radical Turn’: A Virtual Conversation to Focus on the Role of Business in Society

An upcoming online event is co-hosted by Trinity Business School and the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and will present a new way of thinking about the role of business in society. “Net Positive: How courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take” will take place at 5 pm (IST) February 3 (Thursday) via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public.

Featured guests include Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever and co-author of the book,“Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take"; and Sanda Ojiambo, executive director of the United Nations Global Compact, a non-binding UN pact to encourage businesses and firms worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies.

The special event forms part of the Trinity Business Ethics Speaker series and is co-hosted with the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership.

Polman, CEO of Unilever from 2009 to 2019, has been an active leader in seeking cooperation among companies to implement sustainable business strategies and drive systemic change. He served as chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, a member of the B Team and sits on the board of the UN Global Compact. He has been closely involved in global discussions on action to tackle climate change and the Post-2015 development agenda.

Ojiambo has more than 20 years of experience in the public, multilateral and private sectors including as head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact for mobile network Safaricom PLC in Kenya; and capacity development work in CARE International and the United Nations Development Programme Somalia. Throughout her career, she has cultivated and managed relationships with key business entities and civil society organizations and led the implementation of several public-private partnership initiatives.

Visit the registration page for more information about “Net Positive: How courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take” and to register for the webinar.

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