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Singapore-based Indian-origin businessman Sunny Verghese has been appointed as the Chairman of the Geneva-based World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Verghese, 57, Co-Founder and the CEO of Singapore's agri-business group Olam International Limited, is the first World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Chair fromthe agri-sector. He succeeded Paul Polman, the CEO of Unilever, on January 1 and will servea two-year term. WBCSD is a global network of more than 200 CEOs who are responsible for a combined revenue of more than USD 8.5 trillion and 19 million employees. The leading businesses in the CEO-led organisation work together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. "Creating a sustainable future for all is fundamental to our survival.
In leading a global agri business operating across 70 markets, I've seen intimatelyhow each action we take separately as business leaders can impact millions of people, as well as the planet," Verghese said. He said the potential was even greater when "we come together to take collective positive action". "It gives me great pleasure to havethe CEO ofone of the largest agribusinesses as Chair of the WBCSD. We look forward to leveraging his experience and expertise to lead members in accelerating the transition towards a sustainable future forall," said WBCSD CEO and President Peter Bakker.
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