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Business is the solution to environmental progress, not its enemy, said the head of one of the world's largest corporations.
Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, accepted the 2013 Commitment to Development "Ideas in Action" Award from the Center for Global Development last night. Unilever was recognized for its work in reducing deforestation through its sustainable sourcing of palm oil and pulp and paper products.
"First and foremost I am a businessman; I cannot deny that," said Polman in his acceptance speech. Like most corporate leaders, he excels in tracking progress and measuring success, important tools for both building a successful company and rooting out the cause of environmental degradation.
"Otherwise, you don't move things forward, and I think that's one of the things that businesses are good about," he added.