SABC News - Business must be a force of good: Unilever CEO:Saturday 5 October 2013

Business must be a force of good: Unilever CEO

Saturday 5 October 2013 12:00

Pearl Magubane

The role of business in modern society is currently being discussed at the One Young World conference.

The role of business in modern society is currently being discussed at the One Young World conference.(SABC)

The multinational consumer goods company, Unilever CEO, Paul Polman, says only 100 company’s control 25% of the planet's resources. He says this means if you can change those companies, you can change the world.

Polman was speaking at the last day of the One Young World conference at the Sandton Convention Centre, North of Johannesburg. It has brought hundreds of young people together to discuss issues confronting them.

Polman says business must be a force of good. He says as you give, your business model will succeed.

Polman says business must become a net positive contributor to reverse some damage done in the world and has encouraged the young leaders not to occupy the space of noise and critics, but rather of change and opportunity

One of the counsellors at the summit, Nicola McCarthy says companies must act, not just in compliance with the law, but beyond it to a higher standard of ethics.

The role of business in modern society is currently being discussed. Delegates have been encouraged to adapt and be flexible in order to make a difference to this world.

They have also been reminded to make themselves heard as the voice of young professionals must be incorporated in business advocacy bodies to lobby for both profit and good.

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