CITY DIARY: Unilever pledges to maintain its eco evangelism as former boss Paul Polman laps up the plaudits
Unilever’s new chief Alan Jope announced that the company remained focused on growth as well as sustainability
Unilever’s new chief Alan Jope yesterday announced during Unilver’s disappointing quarterly results that the company remained focused on growth as well as sustainability.
The latter, of course, was a long-held obsession of Scots-born Jope’s lyrical predecessor Paul Polman, whose environmental evangelism frustrated shareholders but won him celebrity admirers such as Bono.
Globe-trotting Polman was busy yesterday collecting an award from Prince Albert of Monaco.
Ousted Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn’s dishevelled appearance since his arrest for financial impropriety is much commented on in Tokyo.
As well as looking substantially thinner, Bloomberg reports his erstwhile jet black hair is now greying at the roots.
Might Carlos’s locks have previously relied on a squirt of Grecian 2000 during his morning toilette?
Chancellor Philip Hammond is in Liverpool today launching his freeze in beer duty, which the Society of Independent Brewers claim ‘has enabled the explosion of craft breweries in the UK’.
Actually, that was down to Gordon Brown’s 2002 progressive beer duty. It was the brainchild of Damian McBride, Brown’s convivial ex-henchman who was no stranger to a foaming stein or two.
Thirsty McPoison once described his daily intake as: ‘Two pints at lunchtime, two hours in the pub after work, then back to the Treasury with a six-pack. Then a can on the Tube and another four at home.’
The Sunday Times’s recent list of Britain’s highest taxpayers is as much a public relations boon for the tycoons included as it is embarrassing for those who weren’t.
Did anyone miss out? Sources tell me hedge-fund billionaire Sir Michael Hintze was quietly surprised to have been omitted from the list – he could have made the top five – but makes no complaint.
Superbowl is upon us, typically the most watched US broadcast of the year. With some 100m Americans tuning in, brands traditionally create glitzy advertisements for the occasion.
Stella Artois’ offering features Sex In The City clothes horse Sarah Jessica Parker and Jeff Bridges reprising his wastrel character from The Big Lebowski. Fee broadcaster CBS is charging for a 30-second slot? A trifling £4million.