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Today, 46% of Unilever managers are female – up from just 38% when Paul joined the company in 2009. This has been achieved in a holistic and strategic way by addressing the recruitment, development and progression of women across the organisation. Under Paul’s leadership, Unilever has worked hard to create the right conditions to drive gender balance – such as agile working policies, improved maternity and paternity programmes, increased focus on addressing unconscious bias, and mentoring programmes. Paul established and chairs the Global Diversity Board, which gives visible leadership and drives action. Over the last year the company launched the ‘Unstereotype initiative’ to help change how people – especially women – are portrayed in advertising, which is now being extended across the value chain. Unilever works to ensure that 50% of sustainable farming providers are women and is working with partners to provide training to increase income and improve livelihoods – for example digital financial inclusion for small scale retailers. Paul is a UN Women HeForShe Champion working to secure the commitment of a billion men to support gender equality around the world, and a UN Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals – with Goal 5 aiming to achieve gender equality everywhere by 2030.

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