Harish Manwani (left) and Anand Mahindra
In Singapore recently I talked with Mahindra and separately with Unilever COO Harish Manwani, who was visiting the company's brand-new leadership-development center there. Unilever, like Mahindra, is a talent magnet with power most employers would kill for. "Unilever is among the top three employers of choice [in its industry] in 37 countries," Manwani says. And it is the No. 1 pick in countries as diverse as Brazil, Germany, and Vietnam. He holds no doubt about the reason: "People want to join us not because we make soap and soup. It's because of the way we do business." At Unilever that means pursuing CEO Paul Polman's objective of doubling the company's size while halving its environmental impact. "It's really a big draw," says Manwani.
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